Black Friday Tech Deals To Avoid
Posted: November 22, 2013 by Emily Brown
With the Christmas shopping season being just around the corner starting with Black Friday, many of you are probably excited to see varieties of jaw-dropping deals on items you've longed for all year long.
However, guided by the basic human instinct to save a buck you may be blinded from seeing how silly some of these "deals" really are. Speaking of tech, here is what you need to avoid:
Even if you already own a fully capable laptop, seeing one selling under $200 may still has you reaching for your wallet. The seemingly winning buy will neither thrill you nor the person who receives it as a present. Why? Because for that price you can only get under-powered processor, extremely slow hard drive and a non full HD screen.
A perfect example for this kind of tech blunder is the 15.6-inch Dell Inspiron laptop, which is advertised at Best Buy for $177.99.
TVs for $98
Before you decide to take two just for the sake of the low price, take a deep breath and think about it. First, what kind of picture quality are you going to get for $98? Second, do you need a 32-inch TV so badly?
Generally, the TVs selling almost for "free" are produced by the likes Funai, i.e., mainly Japanese companies that are choosing quantity over quality. Judging from similar bargain-bin displays, here are the features you won't get on cheap TVs: full color control or backlight control, as well as advanced motion processing or speakers that don't rattle.
Extinct Tech Devices
Not sure how most of you find portable DVD players, but they make as much sense these days as portable CD players. Both are obsolete technologies and they can be completely replaced by your smartphone, tablet or laptop. Even if they are given for free, extinct tech devices like cassettes and VHS, DVDs are not worth your space or time.
Our final advice: Tech buyers beware!