Why It Might Pay to Skip Black Friday

Better deals on high-quality goods come later: Study
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 24, 2011 4:01 PM CST
Black Friday a Bad Bet for Quality Electronics: Study
Shoppers camp out at Best Buy for Black Friday in Pembroke Pines, Fla., Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

(Newser) – If you’re in the market for cheap stuff—not just inexpensive, but cheap—you’ll find plenty of good deals on Black Friday. But if you want low prices on better-quality electronics, you’re better off waiting, a Consumer Reports study finds. Researchers examined the changing prices of CR-recommended TVs, cameras, and laptops over the holidays, and found that customers would often find equal or better deals after Black Friday, Time notes.

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More than 25% of quality TVs and cameras “were at least 5% cheaper between Cyber Monday and December 13 than they were earlier,” the study said. As for laptops, shoppers would be “at least as likely as with TVs and cameras” to score a better deal by waiting. Meanwhile, Dealnews recommends not buying toys, jewelry, or winter wear on Black Friday. Toy prices drop two weeks ahead of Christmas, jewelry is inflated throughout the holidays, and winter wear is best to buy in January. (Read more Black Friday stories.)

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