Wait Until Black Friday for Deals on These 10 Things – The New York Times

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Early Black Friday sales are already everywhere. Some of them are actually good. But there are plenty of cases where you’re better off waiting until Black Friday to buy. It pays to know the difference.
We can help! Our Deals team finds great discounts on the high-quality items that Wirecutter recommends. Over the years, we’ve been able to identify certain trends, including when to buy and when not to buy.
One important note: If you suspect that the supply of the product you’re seeking will run dry unless you’re part of the initial wave of purchasers, buy it while you can. Buying early could be a means to get that sought-after item or gift before shortages and supply-chain-driven price hikes negate future discounts. If all else fails, remember that you can check our Deals page for any great deals that emerge, irrespective of season.
Here are the products and categories we think you should wait until Black Friday to buy.
Looking for an Amazon Fire tablet, a Kindle Paperwhite ebook reader, an Echo speaker, or any other Amazon product? Don’t buy unless it’s on sale. Great sales occur for all Amazon items with regularity but are heavily concentrated around Prime Day (typically in June or July) and Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving). We post only the most notable discounts to our Deals page, as Amazon frequently offers intermediate sales of varying quality. It’s up to you what level of discount you’re comfortable with when you decide that the time is right to buy, but purchasing Amazon items at full price is like setting a wad of cash on fire.
Sales on robot vacuums occur at regular intervals throughout the year and are ubiquitous during the Black Friday and Prime Day seasons. You’ll find great deals from retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart. You can also save on manufacturer refurbs year-round, though we recommend purchasing only those that are accompanied by a manufacturer’s warranty and offer the possibility of return.
We’ve seen excellent Black Friday deals on some of our favorite games, including Sushi Go, Catan, and Ticket to Ride. We’ve also seen exceptional deals on our favorite STEM toys, like Magna-Tiles, as well as price drops on Lego sets (for kids or adults). Toys and games for younger kids, such as our picks from Green Toys and Melissa & Doug, will also be discounted. Note: While larger, more popular toy brands and board game titles are still likely to have discounts this season, smaller toy brands and indie board games have been more impacted by supply-chain issues. Grab those items and hot toys and games early if you can find them.
Sorry—we can’t promise you PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X console deals (or even availability), because both are still tough to secure. We do predict, however, that Black Friday will offer the best prices of 2021 overall on the widest range of game controllers, gaming headsets, satisfyingly clacky RGB keyboards, and even select video games. Last year, we saw deals on all of these categories, including deals on Nintendo Switch games and a much-needed variety of games from our article about the relaxing video games we love. Whether you’re into shooters or marauding geese, there’s likely to be something up your alley—as long as you have the appropriate console or PC.
Our top Bluetooth wireless headphones, the Jabra Elite 85h pair, were released at $300, but we’ve seen sales at $150 with regularity in recent months (and we saw the 85h for even less during Black Friday 2020). You don’t even have to wait that long for deals to emerge on other audio favorites, as sales in that category begin almost from the moment of launch, but we tend to see the very best deals on the biggest variety of portable audio gear around Black Friday. You can expect deals on noise-cancelling headphones, wireless earbuds, portable Bluetooth speakers, and wireless multiroom speaker systems.
Nathan Burrow
Deals Editor
Nathan Burrow is the senior deals editor at Wirecutter. He is an avid reader and a parent to a poorly behaved beagle mix. He resides in Kansas City (the Missouri one). He is a longtime content contributor for Wirecutter, and his work has also been featured in The New York Times.
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