Black Friday is one of the best times to go shopping if you are in the U.S. That said, it’s important to know that not all flashy percentage off signs and discounted price tags are as good as they seem, which is why we’ve compiled a list of things you probably should not buy during the Black Friday sale.
1. Airline and vacation deals: You’ve probably already heard that you should avoid purchasing vacation deals and flight tickets right before or after Christmas. But, did you know you should avoid buying a flight or vacation deal during Black Friday as well? While it may seem like a great idea to make travel plans in advance, Black Friday is not when you should make the booking. Travel prices usually start increasing by September and only start to go down after January.
2. Winter gear: Black Friday offers excellent deals on clothing, but this may not be the best time to buy winter wear, especially if you are looking for heavy discounts. Given the fact that winter is just starting to approach, most stores may not reduce the price of their winter apparel by much. It’s best to wait till March and purchase winter clothing for the year then.
3. Holiday decor: While holiday decor is usually not at the top of people’s Black Friday shopping lists, many people get enticed by the deals that stores offer on these items. The thing is, given that the holiday season is coming up, these items may not be offered at significant discounts. You’ll likely find much better deals if you shop for holiday decor after Christmas.
4. Chocolates and flowers: A number of big-name chocolatiers and florists offer amazing discounts on chocolates and flowers, and many people think it’s a good idea to buy these items to use as holiday treats or stocking stuffers. However, since these items are usually perishable and don’t have a long shelf life, it’s unlikely that they’ll make it till the holidays. You are much better off buying fresh flowers and chocolates right before Christmas.
5. Gift cards: Gift cards can make great gifts, but you may not be able to find great deals on them around Black Friday. Think about it - retailers are already slashing their prices by a lot, they most likely don’t want to offer significant discounts on gift cards as well.
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