Are you a big fan of Black Friday shopping? Well, Consumer Reports says the bargains have changed in recent years. Probably the biggest trend is that it's no longer just about Black Friday, the day. It's Black Friday, the week and the month. Deals are creeping up earlier and earlier every year.
But this shift in Black Friday shopping hasn't been all good. One downside is that for a lot of consumers, it's a lot more work than it used to be. Because of all the online activity now, you really have to monitor different websites. And don't think that just because something is advertised as a Black Friday bargain that it's necessarily the lowest price you can find.
For example, Consumer Reports says there are sometimes better deals on TVs if you shop closer to Christmas or wait for Super Bowl sales. A lot about pricing is based on inventory levels. So if retailers and manufacturers don't sell a lot of TVs during the year, they may have lots of inventory then.
To find the lowest prices on TVs, plan to buy at the end of February or the beginning of March. That's when stores clear out last year's models at rock-bottom prices to make room for the newest sets on the market.
Some TVs to keep an eye on in the coming months include these 4K models:
• Samsung model UN55KU6300 for $800
• LG model 55UH6150 for $700
• Sharp model LC-50N7000U for $550
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