You might see a Friday sticker claiming to save hundreds on Black Friday. You can see TVs for $200 off and laptops for $100 off. However, WINK News’ consumer reporter Andryanna Sheppard tells us whether you’re actually saving.
Experts say Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals aren’t as promising as in previous years.
The combination of ships stranded at our ports, coupled with the seemingly never-ending pandemic, will impact everyone during the holiday shopping season. This means that those much-anticipated Blak Friday deals won’t be many.
Julie Ramhold is a consumer analyst or DealNews.com. “Overall, we only see weaker discounts. There were some categories that were slightly better than last year, but the disruption to the supply chain,” said Romhold. “And delivery delays have really messed things up for retailers and they’re delivering what they can.”
For example, a 65-inch TCL Roku SmartTV costs $499 on Amazon. Amazon says it’s a steal and you’ll save $300 if you buy it now.
A website called CamelCamelCamel tracks Amazon prices. According to the history of this site, that TCL TV was never $800. In the past year, the most expensive TV was $560, last month.
So honestly, if you buy it now, you’ll only save $60. A year ago, that same TCL TV cost just $429, $70 less than it does today.
Ramhold says the TV is the perfect example of what a tough year it has been for retailers. “The sales are not as good as we would expect, or not as many as we might see in a so-called normal year,” she said.
Before shopping, Ramhold recommends going to a website and checking the price history just like WINK News did. Compare last year’s Black Friday ad with this year’s to see if you’re really saving.
Then decide if it’s worth putting the item on your list. “It’s best to soften your expectations,” says Ramhold.
One thing to note is that the product is “only for Black Friday”. It’s harder to compare prices and find online history for such items, Ramhold said. Also, these are usually cheaper models with far fewer features than what you’re looking for.
https://www.winknews.com/2021/11/25/experts-say-not-to-expect-too-much-from-black-friday-deals/ Experts say not to expect too much from Black Friday deals