What Not to Buy on Black Friday 2017

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Last Update: 11/22/2017

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:

New Amazon Fire TV Stick HDMI Streaming Media Device Sale

  1. Amazon Fire TV Stick ($40)

Why not?

  • Slow response time
  • No model between $50 - $69

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 2017 Roku Streaming Stick, which works better for Netflix and other streaming apps, and is available at $49.99. Voice capability, and TV power/volume support are a big plus. You can also get a model with 4K capability for less than Amazon’s. Check out cnet’s review for more details.

oculus-rift

  1. Virtual Reality Headsets

Why not?

  • Low resolution
  • Expensive ($500 Oculus Rift + Touch Controller)
  • Limited software

Someday, VR will be mainstream, but not yet. 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, A Core i5 processor Desktop will run you at least $800, plus a Nvidia GTX 970 class video card.) The Playstation VR costs $400 but is still pretty slow, and has limited software selection and tracking problems.

Wait for the new Oculus Go self contained headset in 2018 that will cost $199 and not require a computer or phone.

42″ 4K Westinghouse LED HDTV Sale

  1. 1080p HDTVs

Why not?

  • 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 Roku box. Plus, if you want to spend a little more money, you can find a 4K TV with HDR imaging for incredible image and color quality.

Fitbit Flex 2 Activity Tracker

  1. Fitbit

Why not?

  • 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 $60 and offers very basic functionality. Pay a little more for something more versatile that can run apps, like an Apple Watch 2nd Gen for $249 (or find it refurbished for $150). Another option for Android users is the Samsung Gear S2 with 4G, available for only $130.

 

New Xbox One S 1TB Console with 4K Madden, $50 Gift Card Bundle

 

  1. Xbox One S Console

Why not?

  • 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. The Xbox One X with 4K and much faster graphics is much more powerful.

 

4 – $25 iTunes Gift Cards for $89

  1. Gift Cards

Why not?

  • Few 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.

7. Christmas Trees - They are the most expensive on Black Friday and get cheaper the closer you get to Christmas Day. Christmas Eve is the cheapest day, but come on, that would be ludicrous.

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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3 responses to “What Not to Buy on Black Friday 2017”

  1. Kat says:

    I buy gift cards at my local grocery store that has a gas station. when they offer 4-8x the gas points I can save $1.00 a gallon on gas. Even during non holiday times I will buy gift cards for places I will be shopping normally, like Petsmart, just to save $1.00 off a gallon of gas.

  2. oneiros says:

    About the headset. Sure, the price is still a little high, but this article is really confusing for future buyers.
    The Oculus Rift and Oculus Go are 2 very different kind of headset and while the oculus go will replace the VR Gear without any problem, it won’t be an alternative for the Rift as the rift apps won’t be available on the Go version.

    If you want a full VR experience, the Rift is still the only solution (on the Oculus side, and Vive for HTC). If you just want some little experiences and 10 minutes length games, then yeah, go for the Go.

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