What to Buy and Skip on Black Friday

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With Black Friday exactly one week away, shoppers are gearing up for one of the busiest holiday shopping events of the year. With all the sales and promotions and “best deal of the year” offers floating around, it’s hard to tell what’s a great buy and what’s not. Kendal Perez with CouponSherpa.com is here to share with us what to buy and what to skip on Black Friday so you leave with the best deals and the most cash in your pocket.


First thing’s first: Black Friday deals start on Thanksgiving for in-store shoppers, and even earlier for online shoppers, so keep that in mind as you make your lists and plan your shopping trips!


  • Electronics dominate Black Friday doorbusters, with huge discounts on HDTVs, gaming consoles, tablets, Apple products, bluetooth speakers and more.
    • Sam’s Club VIZIO 50” Class 4K TV - $348 from Sam’s Club (originally $598)
    • Sam’s Club Monster Nomad Bluetooth Speaker - $49.88 (originally $99.88)
    • Sam’s Club Nikon D 3400 2 Lens DSLR Bundle Camera - $499 (originally $799)
  • Kitchen appliances are another top Black Friday buy, with stores like JCPenney offering well-known brands and store brands for as little as $8.
    • JCPenney Nutribullet Blender -- $59.99 (originally $134.99)
    • JCPenney Cook’s Kitchen Electrics -- $7.99, but you MUST send in $12 rebate for low price
  • Tools are a great Black Friday buy for the handyman or woman in your life. Stores like Home Depot will have deals on power tools, tool sets and even select plants.
  • Home Depot Ryobi 15-amp 10” Sliding Miter Saw with Laser
    • Home Depot Ridgid 12-gal 5.0-Peak HP Wet Dry Vac
    • Home Depot Poinsettia, 99 cents
  • Select Holiday Gifts
    • Tea is a great buy on Black Friday, with brands like Teavana offering BOGO free on holiday teas, tumblers and gift sets.
    • Beauty sets are also a good buy from select brands like The Body Shop, who is offering up to 50% off on select beauty items through Cyber Monday.
    • H&M is releasing an exclusive line of high-fashion, all-black garments on Black Friday, starting at $4.99.
  • Select Toys and Games, DVDs/Blu-Ray videos
    • Walmart Select toys from top brands are great buys on Black Friday.
      • Disney Frozen Singing Sisters Elsa and Anna Dolls, $35 (originally $59)
      • RC Truck or Car, $15 (originally $29.97)
      • Trouble, Sorry board games, $4.88 (originally $8.77 to $9.94)
      • Best Buy DVDs/Blu-Ray videos can be fetched for $2 to $10


  • Derivative products and misleading prices.
    • Some products are manufactured specifically for Black Friday discounts -- called derivative products -- and are missing features you might want.
    • Other products featured in Black Friday ads include inflated original prices, making the discount seem bigger than it is.
    • Research prices and model numbers of desired products before you buy. This will ensure you get a deal and not a dud!
  • Gift cards
    • Though there are some great gift card offers from Walmart and Target on Black Friday, they’re limited to doorbuster products and only a fraction of total shoppers have access to them.
    • Gift card deals are more widely offered in early December, when restaurants and retailers offer bonus gift cards of $5 to $25 with purchase of $25 to $50 gift cards.
  • Exercise equipment
    • Exercise equipment is typically a better buy in January, when New Year’s resolutions to get fit drives down the cost of popular products so retailers can compete for your business.