Black Friday Deals You Need to Buy (and 6 Deals You Should Avoid)

Black Friday Deals You Need to Buy (and 6 Deals You Should Avoid)

Updated: 4 months, 6 days, 14 hours, 7 minutes, 6 seconds ago

With so many Black Friday deals popping up at Amazon, Walmart, Target and Best Buy, it can be tough to tell a good deal from a no-big-deal. We've been keeping our eye on sale prices for so long, we've gotten a good feel for which products are worth buying at which prices, and which discounts are really not worth your time. 

If you come across any of these Black Friday deals, consider an alternative. You'll be glad you didn't cheap out. Plus, these are the best Black Friday deals under $25, under $50 and a roundup of deals so good they'll probably sell out. We've also gathered a list of the best impulse purchases to get at Amazon this year.

Skip these Black Friday deals

These deals aren't worth your money, but consider some of the alternatives we've found instead.


Walmart's got Apple's . At $20 off, that may sound like a decent deal, but not when you consider that you can get the  if you spend only $40 more. Apple's newer model offers big upgrades to audio quality, noise canceling and more, and if you ask us, it's worth spending the extra money instead of grabbing this deal.

 Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite with Alexa Voice Remote


Another deal that sounds better than it is: a for 50% off. This one, however, comes with a remote control that won't actually control your TV. Instead, we recommend paying $5 more to get the , which can control your TV, or an extra $10 to get .



An under-$200 Apple Watch sounds like a steal for those looking to get a smartwatch this holiday season. But Apple has already discontinued the Series 3, so it won't receive key software updates and isn't compatible with WatchOS 9. Instead of buying an outdated smartwatch, go with a deal that comes with a little more future-proofing. For example, the 1st-gen  . That's $30 less, with the promise of future OS upgrades. Even the , released in 2022, is on sale.

Galaxy Buds Live

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Not only are these earbuds now two years old, they're also not the best earbuds for the price. (Here are some better options if you want a great pair of budget earbuds.) If your heart (and ears) are set on a pair of Samsung beans, you can get them cheaper with an eligible trade-in.

A Roku Express box with the device in the foreground.


Amazon's deal is decent, but spending only $7 more gets you a far superior product, the , which Amazon has on sale for $25. This version adds higher–resolution support and TV power and volume control, and it's worth far more than $7 more.

Cricut Explore 3

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Paper-crafters, hold off on this "deal." While Amazon seems to have slashed the price to $280 for Black Friday, we've actually seen this electronic die-cutting machine at this price for a while now. 

One Black Friday deal you can't miss

OK, so are any Black Friday deals worth it? Yes! We've actually found 160-plus deals to recommend, but the No. 1 thing to buy this year is...

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Every time that Amazon has offered a bundle like this in the past, it's sold out before the end of the sale period. With this being Amazon's newest Echo Dot, we anticipate there will be a lot of interest in the huge discount, so be sure to grab one now before it's too late.