Maybe you've already started your holiday shopping. You snagged a Singles Day deal or one of the many pre-holiday sales hung by retailers in early November. But it's all a run-up to the big day: Black Friday.
I know, I've said before that Black Friday is passé now that online shopping has made sure deals are actually around us. , pretty much constant.
And while it is certainly possible to save on holiday gifts through the fall, Black Friday is still our tradition. Seventy percent of customers believe Black Friday offers the lowest prices of the year, according to a survey from the Coupon Codes website CouponBirds .
And when it comes to failure, these customers are not wrong . The Wirecutter cited a few categories that still stand out for Black Friday savings: small kitchenware, Amazon-branded products, smartwatches and fitness trackers, and game consoles.
“Dealers do not necessarily save the best deals for this time of year; it's more that we see good sales being offered along with huge deals, "said Michael Bonebright, consumer analyst with DealNews.com who indicates limited time or limited door bus deals. "Black Friday is good because there are so many things to sell."
Yes, it is true that we have complicated feelings about the pitfalls of consumers . However, if you have already created a modest and realistic gift shopping list that includes any of the following, you may find it best to stick to the tradition and continue shopping until Black Friday arrives.
Video Games and Consoles
Gaming consoles usually do not cut, noted author Elissa Sanci for The New York Times. “ As PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles continue to age – and as rumors swirl over the next generation of devices on the horizon – it looks like we will finally see significant discounts on advanced gaming consoles like PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X, ”she wrote.
Consumer Expert Andrea Woroch also cited video games and consoles. "Everyone from Target to Walmart to Sam's Club will market big deals on video game consoles and offer package solutions" that include games and controllers, she said via email.
Smart Home Devices
Woroch and Bonebright cited smart home devices as an important source of savings this Black Friday. Woroch pointed out that last year, video door clocks discounted 30-40% off on Black Friday.
And don't forget about Amazon's devices. Apart from Prime Day, Black Friday tends to be Amazon's largest “Amazon's third generation [Echo] Dot will be available for $ 22 from almost all Black Friday retailers,” he said, “But Amazon itself wants them in a three-pack for only $ 65. ”The unit normally costs $ 49.99. Granted, you may not need more items sold as packages during the holidays. But it shows that it is worth making comparative sales before settling on the first deal you see.
Small appliances and vacuum
In addition to stand mixers and popular tools such as Instant Pot, kitchen appliances can be ridiculous. low prices, even for well-known brands . "You will … find a pile of doormats on small appliances like takeaways, coffee makers and toasters, sometimes for as little as $ 10 or less," Woroch said. "Some of these deals may require a discount so just make sure you take the extra step to submit it to get the deal."
Woroch also pointed out vacuum and kitchen appliances as main areas for appointments. Some brands, such as Dyson, are rarely sold until Black Friday rolls around, she said.
And while my own experience is far from scientific, I can tell you this: When I've needed a new vacuum or a new blender, I've waited until Black Friday or Cyber Monday and got a better way than what I would be willing to pay full price for.
If you want to upgrade your home viewing experience, you can expect to say $ 100 to $ 400 off 4K TV on Black Friday, with some discounts of $ 500 or more on larger sets (60+ inches ), said Kristin McGrath, editor of BlackFriday.com . "Be sure to check model numbers, specifications and brand," she warned, as some door breakers are lower-end models (often referred to as derivatives.) You won't be surprised by a low-quality set. "
The point: When it comes to items you need to plug in, Black Friday is probably the best time to get a good deal.
"Most stores will offer similar prices online and in-store, so it's not really worth shopping for a physical storefront," said Bonebright. One exception is Target, which will offer some competitive deals only in-store.