It’s that time of the year: the weekend circled on the calendar of every shopping aficionado across the land. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are almost here, offering incredible deals and low prices on a plethora of tech goodies.
If you’re looking for a deal on some updated technology, the extended shopping weekend at the end of November is your best bet—but all those deals can be overwhelming. Luckily, we’re here to help with a few key suggestions:
Stay Focused, Research Reviews
This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s easy to get caught up in the hysteria of flash deals and “limited time” offers. A lot of retailers are offering rotating tech deals, but your goal is to save money. Buying gadgets you don’t really need will leave you with plenty of regret and an empty wallet.
When searching for a deal during Black Friday or Cyber Monday, create a list of what you need (and want) the most. Prioritize those items on a tiered system. The “must-have” tech items will take priority over those that are “neat, but not a necessity.”
If you’ve been holding out for a 4K Ultra HDTV or a Smart TV, now is a good time for an upgrade. To start, do some research about which brands have the best reviews. From there, you’ll be able to tell a good deal from a bad deal. Saving $200 on a TV with mostly bad reviews probably won’t be worth the headaches in the long run.
Look for Deal Leaks, Plan Your Purchases
There’s a whole industry around spoiling the tech deals being released over the course of four days. Use that to your advantage! A free app like SlickDeals has a massive community authenticating the deals that have been found. Even better, you can refine your search to only include websites and stores that accept Masterpass.
From there, you now have some time to evaluate your favorite deals on your schedule. You can start comparing prices to find the best bargains for your most coveted item. Take your time looking at offerings for both Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
While the latter is more known for its tech deals, the former tends to have sales on large ticket items such as computers or TVs. If you’re looking for some external storage, it may be better to skip Black Friday entirely and look at some deals on Cyber Monday with your favorite tech shop.
The Golden Deal Myth
Doing your homework is great, but don’t spend all of your time hunting for that elusive best deal. There may be a few spectacular HDTV deals out there, but it’s usually the same brands over and over again. If you found a great deal on a TV, chances are it’s available at another retailer.
It may be worth seeing if there’s any difference in terms of bundles, accessories, or gift cards—but don’t spend too much time hunting for a deal that may not even exist.
The same is true for all electronics. If you’re looking for a game console, Microsoft and Sony have specific bundles available for the holiday season. These bundles can be found at most retailers, with the only variation being what each retailer is adding to the deal. Maybe it’s an extra game or a free controller, but the bundle will remain the same.
With these tips, you’ll save money, time, and sanity. With your success this year, people will start looking to you for expert advice.