4 reasons to skip Black Friday next year

It really isn’t worth staying up all night to get a good deal on some tech devices, cameras and gadgets, and here's why.

By Christina DesMarais, PC World |  Personal Tech, Black Friday, retail

Decide.com a website that tracks prices on electronics and advises consumers when to buy them says data from the last two years indicates Black Friday isnt the best time for holiday shopping.

Nine of the 11 major consumer product categories averaged a lower price leading up to Black Friday, the week after Black Friday or the week before the Christmas holiday. Overall, shoppers save a substantial amount of money on popular products by skipping Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the website said in a statement.

The website says the best time to buy espresso machines, vacuums, cameras, and TVs, hot toys and luxury items is actually before Black Friday.

On Black Friday, consumers will see plenty of lesser known and lower quality TVs offered as doorbusters, but few major brands go on sale. If a major brand is on sale, shoppers can count on extremely limited quantity, Decide.com said.

Like last year, the biggest shopping day of the year once again began on Thursday, but this year shoppers turned out earlier than ever thanks to retailers backing up the clock on their Black Friday doorbuster sales.

Wal-Mart, which staggers its deals throughout the night and early morning, started its big sale at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving with many retailers following suit shortly thereafter. Target and Shopko opened at 9 p.m. on Turkey Day, whereas stores such as Best Buy and Kohls held out until midnight.

The Shoppers

No Black Friday story would be complete without tales of bad shopper behavior which serves as the primary deterrent that keeps many people from stepping out after the turkey has gone cold.

A man and woman were shot in a Tallahassee, Fla., Walmart store parking lot Friday. The reason? A disagreement over a parking space. The victims wounds werent life threatening and police were looking for the suspect.

And if thats not enough to convince you to stay home, check out this terrible video after watching it, you may never want to venture out after Thanksgiving again.


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