To buy or not to buy this Black Friday?

Are the Black Friday sales worth your time?  It depends are what you’re looking to get.  The Problem Solvers and the folks at Deal News let you know what to buy… and maybe more importantly, what not to buy.


WHAT TO BUY
Secondary Brand HDTVs 

  • Element 50” 1080p LED HDTV at Target for $229
  • Vizio E701i-A3E 70” Smart LED HDTV at Walmart for $998

Smartphones

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 4G at Best Buy for free with two-year contract
  • Apple iPhone 5C 16GB at Walmart for $45 + $75 gift card with two-year contract

Laptops

  • HP AMD E-300 16” from Walmart for $178

Tablets:

  • Microsoft Surface 10.6” 32GB at Best Buy for $199.99
  • Apple iPad Air 16GB WiFi at Target for $479 + $100 gift card
  • Kindle Fire HDX 7” 16GB at Staples for $229 + $25 gift card
  • Kindle Fire HDX 7” 16GB at Office Depot for $230 + $25 Visa gift card

WHAT NOT TO BUY
Toys:  You’ll find the best prices on toys the week of Dec. 8. So wait and you could save up to 37%.

Name-brand HDTVs:  You can get rock-bottom prices on secondary brands on Black Friday, but top tier HDTVs will be at their lowest prices in late December when manufacturers have to clear their stock for the 2014 models.

Digital cameras:  New models will be rolled out at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.  After that, the old 2013 models will get discounted in February.

Winter apparel:  You’ll find the best prices, especially on coats, in January.

Bedding and blankets:  Historically, the lowest prices on linens are in January and February.  Look for those winter white sales.

International Airfare:  It’s not something you’d pick up at the mall, but wait until the new year to book international flights. If you’re looking for domestic airfare, Black Friday can be a good time to fly away with a deal.

Finally, a Deal News survey shows that 44 percent of people shopping on Black Friday are mostly buying for themselves. Bottom line, if you want to save money on goodies for you, wait until Dec. 26 or even early January, when you’ll find the lowest prices.