5 Black Friday Deals That Are Total Scams

It’s Black Friday, and whether you’re at work, lounging in your pajamas and scouring the internet, or braving the stores like a psychopath, there’s one thing on everyone’s mind: shopping. More specifically, saving money. Okay, so I guess that’s two things. Regardless, we’re all shopping (don’t deny it), and we’re all looking to save money. It can be easy to fall for the flashy 50% Off! Deal! Look Over Here! banners and buy a $70 lingerie set from Nordstrom Rack when you’re single af things you don’t need, because it’s on sale and it’s too good to pass up, right? Wrong. I shouldn’t have to tell you this, but buying things you don’t need just because they’re “on sale” doesn’t actually save you money—you’re just spending money you would not have spent otherwise. Or so my mother tells me. And, to put it bluntly, some Black Friday “deals” are total scams. So how can you tell what’s legit, and what you should actually bust out your credit card for? Well, if you’re like me, you turn to Reddit to crowdsource all your advice, including info about Black Friday scams. (And they say quality journalism is dead.) As I am writing this article, that’s exactly what I did—I consulted Reddit for what not to buy on Black Friday. Please note, these are the personal opinions of the Reddit users and have not been verified by me, because I am not a professional fact-checker and this shit varies wildly, I’m sure.

1. TVs

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That’s right, the number one thing people think they’re getting a good deal on during Black Friday is actually a total scam. Not worth getting curb-stomped over when you think about it this way, is it? Plus, who buys televisions anymore? Get on Netflix. It’s 2017.

2. Electronics

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Okay, so these may not be a scam, but still, it’s important not to have Black Friday tunnel vision (says the girl who bought two bras online today).

3. Tablets

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I’m beginning to see a theme emerging here… don’t buy electronics today.

4. Knives

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Who is camping out on Black Friday for the knives? I want names. Still good advice, though. But also… how does this person know so much about knives? Should I call the police?

5. Pretty Much Anything You Have Your Eye On

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I don’t need this type of negativity in my life. Fuck outta here.

Images: / Unsplash; Reddit (5)