5 things not to buy on Black Friday

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This is the year to shop wisely.

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According to National Retail Federation estimates, Americans will spend between $942.6 billion and $960.4 billion this holiday season. The trade association said that’s more than last year when holiday sales reached a record $889.3 billion.

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However, people aren’t ready to go crazier this Black Friday than in years past: That 6% to 8% year-over-year increase expected in 2021 is slower than the 13.5% annual increase in holiday season spending. That’s when consumers had pandemic-era government benefits to spend.

Once again, millions of people will be able to shop from the comfort of their homes and avoid the Black Friday crowds. Online and other non-store sales are predicted to grow by 10% to 12% (between $262.8 billion and $267.6 billion).

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,People have reason to be concerned about their spending. ,

“The economy is probably doing better than it feels right now, but that’s not true for everyone,” said Ted Rossman, senior industry analyst at Bankrate.com. “There are a lot of storm clouds on the horizon.” He cited rising interest rates, 40-year high inflation and technological layoffs.

People have reason to be concerned about their spending. The government said last month that the personal savings rate – that is, personal savings as a percentage of disposable income, or the portion of income left over after paying taxes and spending money – fell to 3.3% in the third quarter, which The previous quarter was 3.4%.

Despite the strong labor market and unemployment hovering at 3.7% in October, Rossman said, “It still looks like a recession is likely in 2023, although the best guess is that it will be a mild one.”

so what do you want No Buy this Black Friday? Quite a lot, if you don’t believe in living large. Here are 5 things to think about avoiding:

– Quentin Fottrell

Tech Accessories

For tech accessories — like earbuds and headphones — waiting until December may be a better way to get the best deals, says Ryan McGonagill, director, industry research at Savings.com, another site that aggregates discounts.

Most popular electronic products like Apple AAPL Black Friday deals abound on iPads, MacBooks, and iPhones. “For a limited time, when you buy an eligible iPhone, Apple Watch, Mac, AirPods and more, get an Apple gift card to use on subsequent purchases,” As per Apple’s Black Friday offer.

Computer manufacturers and retailers, however, are coming out of the work-from-home boom and may have inventory to reduce before the end of the year. As of at least October, holiday discounts on computers were as much as 10% off the base price, according to analysis by Adobe ADBE.

Computer discounts could be as high as 32% off the base price before the end of the year, the software and analytics provider said. Cyber ​​Monday may be the best day to bargain on computers, adobe saidBut computer deals could last through the rest of 2022.

If you’re in dire need of a new laptop, check out the introductory deals. “Many retailers offer similar pricing on Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday,” said Kristin McGrath, editor of RetailMeNot.com, a site that promotes deals. “So start looking at Black Friday and use Cyber ​​Monday as a second chance to make up for what you’ve lost.”

– Andrew Kesner

seasonal items

Winter wear usually doesn’t go on sale before Christmas, so it’s best to shop for your puffy jackets and snow boots well into the new year if you can. The same goes for white linens, appliances and holiday decorations, said Charles Lindsay, associate professor in the Marketing School of Management at the University at Buffalo.

Most stores put their coats, hats, scarves and flannel pajamas on sale—with discounts on big-name brands of 50% or more—in January to make room for your spring collection. Similarly, buy summer clothes in autumn and winter.

“The best time to buy holiday decorations is right after said holidays,” According to DealNewsShopping advice site. “After Christmas sales are usually your best bet for snagging deeply discounted ornaments, lights, and inflatables to set you up well for next year.”

Fashion-conscious shoppers looking to snap up discounted items may want to exercise patience on Black Friday. Apparel may be even more discounted after the holidays. If you feel compelled to buy something new to wear to the office party, invest in quality pieces. Fast fashion has a price: it is contributed to the waste crisisPartly because such items are not meant to stay in your wardrobe for very long.

But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep your eyes peeled for some seasonal items on Black Friday. walmart wmt,
For example, pushing the boat out early some discount on toys, including hoverboards, bicycles, remote-control cars and karaoke machines. Similarly, Cole’s KSS,
A range of doll houses are discounted.

– Quentin Fottrell and Emma Okerman

Device and white goods

There can be attractive Black Friday deals on appliances, mattresses and furniture. Adobe said the discounts on the devices could reach up to 18% off the base price. Still, “you’re going to get another shot at them during the New Year’s Eve sale and then again in February during the Presidents Day sale,” McGrath said.

If Black Friday is “too chaotic … you’ll have plenty of opportunities to save,” she adds. Department stores usually offer very attractive discounts on household items in the days following Christmas. “Stores know that having so many people return gifts will bring them a lot of traffic — and hopefully persuade shoppers to make a self-gifting purchase or two,” McGrath said.

If you can’t wait, Costco COST,
Is already doing deals On white goods and appliances, including up to $70 off Sonos
wifi speaker. However, Consumer Reports cautions consumers against falling for great deals without first checking the brand’s credibility, as you could end up paying more in repairs down the road.

You may be tempted by offers and discounts on matching kitchen suites — usually a refrigerator, range, dishwasher and microwave — from the same manufacturer. Consumer Reports said, “But price is only part of the equation when you’re buying equipment. Reliability is important, and it can vary within a brand’s offering.

– Andrew Kesner

fitness equipment

The best time to buy exercise equipment is around the new year, when people are making resolutions to improve their health, said Regina Conway, who researches sales and promotions for SlickDeals, a site that tracks retail discounts. Huh.

When you do your shopping, think twice before buying equipment that runs on proprietary technology, like Peloton PTON,
or Lululemon’s Lulu,
Mirror exercise products, primarily because the at-home fitness boom faces an uncertain future post-pandemic, Conway said.

However, this Black Friday is a little different than years past, and there are some deals in categories that traditionally don’t have good Black Friday discounts, including exercise equipment. “This year we are seeing strong Black Friday deals from industry giants such as NordicTrackConway said.

Peloton Interactive, which is facing a challenging time as people are no longer stuck at home due to the pandemic, is currently offering a $600 discount it fitness bike package, However, consumers will still have to shell out more than $2,195 for the machine and exercise regime.

Cowen & Company analyst John Blackledge wrote in an analyst note Tuesday, “We think consumers are likely to continue to prefer out-of-home experiences in the near term and believe Peloton will still thrive through the pandemic.” doing work.” “Limited visibility” on Peloton’s fiscal 2023 performance.

-Leslie Albrecht and Quentin Fottrell

Big-ticket items like TVs

what amazon amzn,
Founder Jeff Bezos has a point about the dangers of frivolous spending this year? As a Black Friday surprise, Bezos offered some startling spending tips as Americans prepared for the holiday shopping season — amid four-decade high inflation. Or, to be more precise, he suggested what you shouldn’t be spending your money on.

‘If you’re a single person and you’re thinking about buying a big screen TV, maybe take it slow, put that cash in, see what happens. Same thing with a refrigerator, a new car, whatever. Just take some risk off the table,” Bezos said in a recent interview on CNN WBD.
The comment drew a significant amount of disdain on social media, with some critics advising people to avoid shopping on Amazon as well.

About those TVs: “They’re generally not going to be a high-end TV brand,” Lindsay said. “It will be a low to mid-range brand. Companies use these TVs as doorbusters to draw people into stores and clicks to their websites. You’re probably better off shopping around the Superbowl in late January.”

Rossmann said that consumers are becoming…

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