DARKE COUNTY – For many of us, Black Friday carries several different meanings, ranging from huge savings to terrifying crowds.
Regardless of your view on the commercial “holiday,” there’s no denying that deals are to be found during the day after Thanksgiving. And this year, the big ticket items point heavily to electronics, specifically tablets, HDTV’s and next-gen game consoles.
With e-tablets, the problem often lies with the selection, as there are a multitude of options to choose from including the Apple iPad Mini, Google Nexus 7, Barnes & Noble Nook HD and Samsung Galaxy Note.
This year, Apple upgraded its Mini tablet to offer a lower cost to many of its customers who don’t want to fork over the money or a full iPad., while the company continues to showcase its large library of apps and aesthetic design.
The Amazon Kindle Fire tablet is often a parent’s first pick, as it starts at just $139 and allows for individual profiles for children. The tablet can also be set for parental controls and timers to limit screen time.
And book lovers have the option of choosing a Nook as their first choice, while prioritizing crisp text and larger screens for ease of flipping the e-pages.
And what Black Friday would be complete without huge deals on televisions?
Historically, HDTV’s have carried some of the biggest discounts from large retailers, and 2013 is looking to be no exception, as this year analysts are predicting that 3D TVs will finally be affordable, and HDTV’s will continue to be a staple of 2013’s discounts.
Children’s toys are a different realm entirely.
Yahoo predicts that the hottest toys this season are the Hasbro Big Hugs Elmo, Hasbro Furby Boom Figure, LeapFrog Ultra Learning Tablet. And of course, Lego’s remain a constant staple in many homes.
But good luck braving the retail stores, as competitions is often the fiercest when shopping for your young ones.
And for slightly bigger kids, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have all hit the shelves in preparation for Black Friday.
But there’s bad news for the parents and gamers who have their sights on 2013’s next generation video game consoles. Unfortunately, Dealnews predicts that they don’t expect to see any discounts on the new Xbox One or PlayStation 4 this holiday, bundled or not.
According to the Business Insider, the new consoles both sold more than 1 million units in their first 24 hours of availability and may be in short supply throughout the holiday season. However, because these consoles are such a hot item and are predicted to sell out quickly, just snagging one at list price could be considered a deal, so keep your eyes open.
Among the more conventional gifts this season are coffee makers, knife sets, toaster ovens, snow-blowers, took kits and cookware sets.
While its easy to get caught up in the thrill of finding the next big sale, many market analysts are quick to point out that Black Friday is typically not the best time to seek out many popular items.
For instance, Dealnews reminds winter apparel shoppers that it may be smarter to hold off until January when winter apparel is added to clearance sales that will receive much deeper discounts.
The same is true of many toys which fall in popularity just months after the Christmas rush.
And on Black Friday, despite a large assortment on premium DSLR cameras, buyers may want to hold off as the current-generation are just a few months away from being replaced by a new line of 2014 models.
So while surrounded by endless discounts, shoppers are still urged to to first consider how they’re going to pay for their purchases when the bills come after the holidays,and are recommended to keep to a strict budget and list before braving this year’s Black Friday traffic.