Year after year, the holidays a little earlier. If you saw the first ads sneaking their way into newspapers before Halloween, you're not alone. And what's the first day of the holiday shopping season? Black Friday.
Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, was traditionally the day retailers met their costs, with each sale propelling them further into "the black," or profits. Today, Black Friday simply means great deals (and sales that begin late Thanksgiving Day, or even earlier). "Doorbuster" offers are designed to entice shoppers into stores, where they can batter their fellow shoppers to seize the last "Tickle Me Elmo" doll.
How do shoppers learn about these great deals? In years past, holiday advertising circulars were published in newspapers. Then enterprising young bloggers began putting them online. Now, retailers like Amazon and Best Buy have already begun publishing their own sales, weeks before Black Friday ever takes place.
With that in mind, you'd better start planning what holiday bargains you expect to pick up. And the first step in that process is knowing what tech gear will go on sale. Why buy now, when great deals are just around the corner? Here are five products you don't want to buy now. Seriously, there's no reason to buy a GPS device, for example, when retailers will begin handing them out like candy for Christmas stockings.
Meanwhile, check back on PCMag.com to learn what deals are headed your way. (We've also chained our LogicBuy deal elves to their desks, so they'll be first to discover new bargains.) Sleep now, because Black Friday is almost here!