10 Things NOT to Buy on Black Friday 2019
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Black Friday is almost here!
Can you believe that all the Black Friday 2019 deals will be live in just a few weeks?! 😱 That means it won’t be long before thousands of shoppers are packing up the car with a plethora of snacks, blankets, and camping chairs or tents to wait in long lines in the wee hours of the night. ⛺️ Crazy, right?
But will the in-store deals really be worth the craziness – especially since you can score all the Cyber Monday deals in your pajamas? AND, most Black Friday deals will be available online as early as Thanksgiving day (just be sure to note which stores are closed on Thanksgiving)!
While some doorbuster deals can be great buys if you know what to look for (especially if they’re on your holiday shopping list anyway), there are still things not worth buying.
Here are 10 things NOT to buy on Black Friday:
1. The Latest Apple iPhone
While some stores may offer gift cards when you purchase the latest Apple iPhone at full price, you’ll be better off waiting until December to score a deal on the newest iPhone.
However, you may also have better luck getting a deal on the previous generation iPhone whenever you sign a contract with your mobile phone carrier.
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2. Linens & Bedding
Unless you’re having guests over for Christmas and have nothing for them to sleep on, you’re better off waiting until January White Sales when these items usually hit their lowest prices.
During a White Sale, retailers deeply discount sheets, comforter sets, towels, and more as a way to move inventory and entice shoppers. These events date back to January 1878, when department store pioneer John Wanamaker held the first White Sale to sell his extra bedding stock during a slow time of year. All the linens then were only sold in a basic shade of white!
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Jewelry is an easy Christmas gift to give that special someone. However, if you’re able to plan ahead, it’s actually better to shop for these items around Mother’s Day or late summer (July/August) where you’ll be able to score a better deal on your jewelry purchase.
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4. Fitness Equipment
After the holidays and once the New Year hits, people are motivated to get into shape and are looking for deals on fitness equipment. Stores know this and tend to offer the best deals starting in January. You’ll also often get the best deal on a gym membership after the holidays.
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5. Gift Cards
There may be a few gift card deals during Black Friday, but if you wait until December, many restaurants, retailers, and even the drugstores offer gift card deals to get shoppers in the holiday shopping spirit. Check out our 2018 holiday restaurant and retail roundup here to get an idea of the deals to come (we’ll be posting a new one for 2019 soon!).
However, if you’re planning to shop during Black Friday anyway, purchase gift cards BEFORE the big day for the stores you plan to shop to save even more money. Check out this post for awesome tips on how to save on gift card purchases!
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6. Brand Name TVs
You’ll be able to find high-end TVs and electronics for less toward the end of December when retailers start clearing out older televisions to make room for next year’s models. Also, January is a big month for TV sales as Super Bowl Sunday nears.
7. Winter Clothing
If you are able to wait until January or February, that’s when these items start hitting the clearance racks. It’s then you’ll find huge savings on highly rated and well-known brands!
In fact, you’ll often be able to save 75% or more on jackets, winter apparel, gloves, and more if you wait until then to shop.
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Believe it or not, Black Friday is actually not the best time to buy toys for the holidays. You may find nice discounts on this year’s most popular toys and be happy to have finished your shopping (after waiting for hours in line), but often retailers will mark that same toy down even less about two weeks before Christmas.
In addition, Target hosts their Toy Clearance events (and often marks down toys up to 90% off!) in January and July – great times to stock the toy closet!
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9. High-Powered Laptops
It might seem there are a ton of deals on laptops during Black Friday; however, most deals are for basic, mainstream laptops without all the bells and whistles. You’ll be able to find better deals on laptops with superior graphics and faster processors during the months of July and September.
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10. Holiday Decorations
Unless there’s something you just absolutely can’t live without, you’re better off waiting for the huge after-clearance events in January. Stores usually mark holiday items 50% off the day after Christmas, and then markdowns eventually reach 90% off.
When you do shop the after-holiday clearance, start stocking up on holiday items you may need for next year while the prices are rock bottom.
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