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13 Things Not to Buy on Black Friday

By    |   Monday, 11 November 2013 01:20 PM

Don't be fooled by the Black Friday hype and hysteria, even though retailers suggest that 2013 will provide the best deals consumers have seen in years.

While some products will see prices hit their all-time lows, buyer beware. Retailers are still cashing in on Black Friday by holding firm on prices for everything else, DealNews.com reports.

If Black Friday is a must-do event, then be sure to scratch these 13 items off your list and keep money in your pocket:

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1. Toys —Typically prices on children's toys drop two weeks before Christmas, making Black Friday an unlikely time for the big discounts consumers expect. If you can wait just before the holiday, you're more likely to save money.

2. Game Consoles Without a Bundled Item — If you've got gaming on the brain, Black Friday is not the time to splurge on this item unless they are bundled with accessories and games. Bundled consoles were sold at a discount of as much as 40 percent off the manufacturer's suggested retail price in previous years, according to DealNews.

If you are hoping for a deal on the Xbox One or Playstation4, these units will most likely sell out quickly due to their high demand. So purchasing one at full price this holiday season is better than being left empty handed.

3. Brand-Name HDTVs — When it comes to HDTVs, if you are into name-brand TVs, you can skip waiting in line at 4 a.m. on Black Friday. The best deals on name-brands TVs are at the end of the year, when manufacturers are looking to make room for the newer models and red lining last year's models. If the brand of HDTV isn't important, you can score a deal on Black Friday on a third-tier manufactured TV.

4. Digital SLR Cameras — Black Friday is flooded with digital camera deals, thus retailers are aggressive in making one final attempt at selling their inventory before the premium brands debut their 2014 models in February. Unless you need a new camera to capture the holiday moments, DealNews suggests holding off until February when retailers offer aggressive discounts on the outdated models.

5. Winter Apparel — With Black Friday falling during the winter season, winter apparel is still priced much higher than what we can expect to see in January, when end-of-season sales slash prices even further.

6. Christmas Decorations — Ultimately holiday decor sneaks up on buyers and taps into their impulses on Black Friday. The sense of urgency in the stores creates a fear of not having enough, or not having the right decorations for the home. While the deluxe box of lights might appear to be a good price, hold off until after Christmas when the prices drop and stock up then for the following year.

7. Exercise Equipment — If you are like most Americans, your belt might be a little tight and your collar a little snug. But should you run out and buy that elliptical machine shortly after digging in to turkey and stuffing? According to DealNews, there are twice as many deals on fitness equipment in January so you have a few more weeks to splurge before losing the weight.

8. Jewelry and Watches — November, December and February are a jeweler's prime selling months and buying during the holiday season should be avoided at all costs. If you have your heart set on a particular gift, markups on jewelry can often be priced higher at the chain stores than independent jewelers, so it pays to shop around, according to Reader's Digest.

9. Apple iPad mini 2 with Retina — Retailing at $399 you shouldn't expect to see any sale action on this trendy new device. If you are looking for a deal, pick up the iPad mini for $299, which is already on sale at the Apple Store.

10. Kindle HDX — Over the past couple years Kindle has held firm on prices during Black Friday. If a Kindle HDX is out of your budget even wishful thinking won't get you this sought after device. The Kindle Fire HD is selling at cost and won't get any lower than $139 according to Fox Business Network.

11. Bedding and Blankets — A cozy, soft and colorful throw blanket always seems like an appropriate holiday gift for practically anyone on your list, however it is a no-buy item on Black Friday. It's best to wait until January and February and take advantage of super deals on White sales and put a few aside for next year's season.

12. Wine and Specialty Foods — If you are the kind of person who relies on beautifully arranged fruit baskets or an assortment of wine to impress friends, family and business colleagues, Black Friday certainly won't be offering up any deals on these items. You are best to wait until closer to Christmas when prices come down.

13. International Airfare — If you are looking to book domestic travel, there are deals available from Thanksgiving through Christmas, but if you have your sight's set on an international escape, the New Year will offer much greater discounts. Fox Business Network mentions that Frontier, JetBlue, and Virgin America offered discounts up to 50 percent off last year.

If you can fight off the urge to shop this Nov. 29, deeper discounts and better deals will be unveiled in December and after the new year on everything from international airfare to and personal devices to toys and specialty foods.

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