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10 Things Not to Buy This Weekend

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Black Friday shopping is always ripe with discounts, but not everything will be a good deal. Emily Dovi with DealNews has 10 things not worth buying this Black Friday.

1. Toys.  It may feel pretty good to get your shopping done early, but those same toys are almost always discounted for less about two weeks before Christmas.

2. Game consoles without a bundled item.  If you're looking to buy any of the major video game consoles this holiday, you're likely to get more bang for your buck by opting for one that comes with a few extras. In years past, the vast majority of Editors' Choice console deals went to holiday bundles that included premium accessories and two or three game titles. These were frequently discounted 30 to 40% off their retail prices.

3. Brand name HDTVs. Black Friday is an excellent time to invest in a new HDTV, but don't expect the best deals on name brands. Typically, the rock-bottom prices will mostly apply to third-tier manufacturers. Brand name televisions tend to see their best price of the year in January and February.

4. The latest digital cameras. There's no shortage of digital camera deals around Black Friday, but keep in mind that the premium current-generation models are just a few months away from being replaced by a new line of 2013 options. If you're eying a brand-new digital SLR, we recommend waiting until February or later when it becomes an "old model," resulting in more aggressive discounts from retailers.

5. Christmas decorations. They aren't typically on anyone's "to buy on black Friday" list, but Christmas decor tends to end up in-cart on impulse buys. Obviously, that string of lights or holiday wreath will be cheaper when it's out of season.

6. Office supplies. For some, it may seem silly to advise against office supply deals on Black Friday, as it's not typically a category associated with the shopping event. But for several years running, office supply stores have released Black Friday ads in the hopes of encouraging an uptick in business. Unfortunately, these deals are generally no better than those we see throughout the rest of the year. In fact, during the entire Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday stretch in 2011, we only found a measly three Editors' Choice deals in this category.

7. Jewelry and Watches. These are on the "do not buy" list for the entire holiday season. There will be a lot of shiny advertisements, but the discounts on jewelry are simply not that great between now and Valentine's Day.  They tend to be cheapest in the spring and summer.

8. Winter apparel. During Black Friday, we'll likely see some of the best apparel coupons of the year from a variety of retailers. Much deeper discounts will be found later on in the winter, and even lower prices when they're on clearance in the spring.

9. & 10. The Newest tablets on the market. Neither the Apple iPad Mini and Microsoft Surface RT tablet will offer a price break for several months. The bottom line with the iPad Mini: iPad 2 will fall to $299 this Black Friday making it cheaper than in mini version. The mini has much of the same hardware, but the iPad 2 has a bigger screen. If Surface sales are weak, the tablet may instead go the way of the BlackBerry PlayBook, wherein we'll see its price fall considerably by the spring.

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