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What Not To Buy In November: From Fitness Equipment To Appliances


During the holiday season, the sheer amount of doorbusters and clearances can feel overwhelming. Retailers are trying their hardest to clear out inventories before the end of the year while harried holiday shoppers are just beginning to cross items off their lists.

While there are plenty of sales in November, not everything will be a bargain. Here are some things to hold out on in November and tips from the experts on when to buy them instead.

Toys not in high demand

The hottest toys for children are expected to sell out quickly on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, so if your child wants a popular item like LOL Surprise, you’ll want to go ahead and buy now.

However, if your kids aren’t yearning for the most popular toys this season, waiting until mid or even late December to head to the toy store could be your key to the best savings.

Big-box retailers like Target and Walmart are looking to serve customers who would have shopped at Toys R Us in previous years, so they may increase inventories and cut prices well into December.

Anything in-store Black Friday that’s not on sale

When shopping on Black Friday, avoid buying anything that’s not marked down.

“When you go into the store on Black Friday, if it’s not on sale, don’t buy it,” says Jon Vincent, co-founder of EarlyBlackFriday.com. “(Doorbusters) are just trying to get you into the store to buy more products.”

If you don’t have a specific purchase in mind, Vincent recommends shopping Cyber Week sales, which are more general sitewide discounts rather than single-product markdowns.

“Shoppers need to pay attention to the sales to get an idea of what an item is going for; that way, they know when to pounce when the price drops,” says Sarah Hollenbeck, shopping and retail expert at BlackFriday.com.

Start tracking prices on the items at the top of your list so you’ll know if you’re getting a good Black Friday deal or if you should wait until Cyber Week or even December.

BankRate, excerpt posted on SouthFloridaReporter.com, Nov. 3, 2018

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