Consumer Watch: Top 10 Black Friday beware buys, according to 'DealNews'


by Andy Treinen

Posted on November 21, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 21 at 6:41 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- With Black Friday deals getting earlier and earlier each year there's an awful lot of hype about the day after Thanksgiving.

Did you ever wonder whether that is really the best day to buy? Good Morning Kentuckiana's Andy Treinen takes a closer look in your 'Consumer Watch.'

We're not here to burst anyone's Black Friday bubble, but the truth is there are a number of things that you should not buy the day after Thanksgiving. Here are 10 of them provided by the consumer web site 'DealNews.'

Number one on the list is toys. While many will be discounted for Black Friday, wait two or three weeks and you'll see those same toys much, much cheaper.

Deal seekers have been lining up outside of Best Buy stores for days now looking for great deals on t.v.'s and there will be third tier HD-TVs at their lowest price points. But don't look for too many name brands. The best time to buy quality proven brands is January and February.

By the way, in January you can also get 75 percent off on Christmas lights, wrapping paper and ornaments.
Number 4, 5,6, and 7 on our list; game consoles that aren't bundled, office supplies, winter apparel, and jewelry. Steer clear of jewelry and watches throughout the entire holiday season.

There will be no shortage of deals on digital cameras this week, but keep in mind the 2013 models will be out in February and by March you can get a 2012 model dirt cheap and if your heart is beating fast for a new tablet remember the deals are so-so at best this time of year. Prices are expected to fall considerably in the spring.

Finally, this prediction from DealNews about the Apple Ipad. It claims the regular Ipad 2 will be cheaper than the Ipad mini on Friday. $299 compared to $329 for the Mini. Go to Target to take advantage.

Happy shopping folks, and keep in mind, if you have a consumer issue you’d like us to look into send an email to:  CONSUMERWATCH@WHAS11.COM .