What Not to Buy on Black Friday 2016
Black Friday is the most hyped-up shopping day of the year. It becomes a strategic battle to find the best deals: ads are leaked almost a month beforehand, shoppers line up Thanksgiving afternoon, and people stampede to get the big ticket items.
Though it may seem that everything you buy on Black Friday is a great deal, that’s actually not the case. Lots of sites lure shoppers in with deep discounts and then sell products that don’t give you the most bang for your buck.
In the spirit of being an informed shopper, here are 6 items you should NOT buy on Black Friday:
- Amazon FireTV Stick ($40)
- Slow response time
- No model between $50 - $90
The FireTV stick lets you access thousands of apps and it’s cheap, but the downside is that it’s slow and primarily features Amazon content. You are better off going with the 2016 Roku Streaming Stick, which works better for Netflix and other streaming apps, and is available for just $10 more. You can also get a model with 4K capability for less than Amazon’s. Check out cnet’s review for more details.
- Virtual Reality Headsets
- Low resolution
- Expensive ($600 Oculus Rift + $200 Controller)
- Limited software
Though it’s tempting to get your hands on a virtual reality headset, we recommend sitting it out for one more year. In order for the headset to be worthwhile, you need a high-end fast PC, which can be pricey without giving you great results. (For instance, The Core i5 processer will run you at least $800, plus the Nvidia GTX 970 video card.) The Playstation VR costs $400 but is still pretty slow, and has limited software selection and tracking problems.
- 1080p HDTVs
- Fewer functions than 4K TV
- Nearly as expensive as 4K TV
If you’re looking to upgrade your TV, skip the 1080p HDTVs and go straight to a 4K TV. 4K is definitely the future of TV, and the price has dropped significantly over the last year. (A 50-inch 4K HDTV is about $400.) 4Ks are optimized for Blu-Ray, Netflix, Amazon, DirectTV, and Youtube, and you can add Smart TV functionality with an inexpensive $40 Roku box. Plus, if you want to spend a little more money, you can find a 4K TV with HDR imaging for incredible image quality.
- Limited functionality
- Simple LED display
Buying an activity tracker is a smart move, but look outside of Fitbit for more bang for your buck. A mainstream Fitbit Flex 2 costs $100 and offers very basic functionality. Pay a little more for something more versatile that can run apps, like an Apple Watch 1st Gen 2015 for $199 (or find it refurbished for $150). Another option for Android users is the Samsung Gear S2 with 4G, available for only $130.
- Xbox One S Console
- Comparable software support to PS4
- Less advanced graphics
- No Faster Version or VR
Both the PS4 and Xbox One S consoles will be on sale for Black Friday, but we recommend going for the PS4. PS4 has virtual reality support, better graphics, and a stronger following. Plus, hardcore gamers can enjoy awesome imaging and faster response with the PS4 Pro. Do not be temped with the special Xbox One deals that will no doubt appear.
- Gift Cards
- Deals aren’t available on Black Friday
While it’s fun to feel like you’re buying free money, gift cards aren’t the best investment on Black Friday. You can find much deeper discounts on other items, so spend your time looking for deals that will save you significant bucks. Also, many cards go on sale closer to Christmas, so you won’t miss your chance to get a discount.
Remember, Black Friday is just as much about the experience as it is the deals. Go with friends or family, take some pictures and shop smart. With a few guidelines to help you in your search, you’ll be able to score big this Black Friday.
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