12 things not to buy on Black Friday 2016
Black Friday sales are sure to be plentiful this year, but buyers beware: Not every item is expected to be at its best price on Nov. 25. Dealnews.com says these are 12 things to avoid.
Home and patio furniture(Credit: iStock)
In past years, Black Friday sales for furniture were at an all-time low with very few retailers participating in the deals. DealNews suggests purchasing furniture in July and August and patio furniture in August and September.
Gift cards(Credit: Tales of a wandering youkai via Flickr)
A great tip from DealNews is that retailers and restaurants frequently offer free gift cards with a minimum purchase during the winter holidays, or during holidays such as Thanksgiving.
Airfare and vacation packages(Credit: iStock)
Traveling before and after holidays can be expensive so it may be best to wait for Editor's Choice travel deals in January, Deal News suggests.
Gaming laptops and ultraportables(Credit: iStock)
According to Deal News, high-performance laptops tend to be cheaper during July and September than Black Friday deals on bargain and mainstream laptops.
Chocolates and flowers(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)
Chocolates and flowers tend not to last through the holidays and retailers such as 1-800-Flowers and Godiva both hold sales over Black Friday but continue deals through Christmas.
Current-Gen Video Game Consoles(Credit: stuff.tv)
New consoles like the Xbox One S and Sony's PlayStation Pro are due out in November and will be popular items this holiday season. Older-generation consoles will drop in price and both offer a great gaming experience.
OLED TVs(Credit: hhgregg.com)
Deals on more popular items like OLED TVs tend to be infrequent and often start dropping in price in the new year.
Second-hand gaming consoles(Credit: Dreamstime)
Depending on your budget, purchasing the latest gaming consoles for not much more than older models is worth the few extra dollars.
Winter gear(Credit: iStock)
The best time to purchase winter gear is in January when the discount price is at least 50 percent off.
Holiday decorations(Credit: morguefile)
Holiday decorations are often cheaper after the holidays and are marked down for clearance.
Amazon Echo Dot(Credit: Amazon)
Amazon Echo Dot is another hot item this holiday season and, according to DealNews, it is currently on pre-order at Amazon for $50, it is expected to be cheaper after the holidays.
Excessive items you don't need(Credit: iStock)
Stick to the essentials this holiday season and only buy items you need. You can end up spending more money than you intended.