Although widely considered the most special time of year, the holiday season is not all sugar plums and gingerbread men. Generally speaking, this is the time of year where around the country people are generally in good spirits, buoyed by scenic, snow dusted landscapes, holiday decorations, and the notion of peace on earth and good will towards men. Every silver lining, as they say, has a touch of grey, and this time of year is not without treachery of its own. Driveways are iced over, nights are cold and long, lips are chapped, and showers take entirely too long to heat up.
Black Friday is not without its own pitfalls, and while it's still the best time of year to shop, bad Black Friday deals are real. Here at BFAds, we feel it's our holiday duty to make a naughty list of our own by picking out the worst Black Friday deals and griping about them!
Remember, these aren’t bad products, rip-offs, or scams. In fact, all of the items on our list this year are just the opposite, they’re the deals we want most! But among all the pages and pages of Black Friday ads, they are either not-great deals or are absent altogether.
After a surprise appearance last Black Friday when Target offered the first ever doorbuster deal on an iPad Pro, hopes were high this year that we would finally see multiple retailers joining the fray and that iPad Pro would enjoy the same style of across-the-board discounts that we see every year on both iPads and iPhones.
PlayStation 4 Pro
The Playstation 4 Pro and the Xbox One X seem to be taking turns making appearances on our Worst Deals list. Back in the fall of 2016, Playstation 4 Pro was the hottest console of the season, carrying with it the promise of true 4K gaming and showing up on the wish lists of gamers across the country. Then, as the Black Friday ads rolled out here at BFAds, the PS4 Pro was nowhere to be found, leaving shoppers everywhere with no choice but to pay retail price.
Nintendo First-Party Franchises on Switch
The Nintendo Switch found itself on our naughty list last year after it was advertised in many Black Friday ads but not actually discounted in any of them. The great news is that this year Nintendo has joined Sony and Microsoft in the annual tradition of game console bundles by making available to shoppers a Nintendo Switch bundle that includes the console and a copy of Mario Kart 8. Like other console bundles, this deal is available just about anywhere the Switch is sold, including
and even regional retailers like Fred Meyer,
Now comes the part of the Worst Deals list where we make our annual plea to our readers to not fall for the traps of home theater cables and accessories. Overpriced HDMI and video cables, flat panel TV wall mounts, and surge protectors will be on our list for as long as they are advertised as Black Friday deals, sometimes with overhyped titles, but are routinely found for less money when purchased online.
For example, page 7 of Best Buy’s Black Friday ad features a 4-ft. “UltraHD/HDR” HDMI cable for $9.99 after $20 Black Friday discount. Not only is 4-ft. probably too short for most cabling jobs, that deal is still $1 more than the everyday price for a 2-pack of Amazon Basics brand 6ft HDMI cables from Amazon. Just above that, there is an advertisement for a Best Buy exclusive full motion wall mount, discounted down to $99 from an apparent everyday price of $200. Meanwhile, back on Amazon, you can purchase a full motion wall mounting kit that actually includes a bubble level and a 9-ft. braided HDMI cable for just $32.99 after clipping the digital coupon.
With Black Friday taking place before December even begins, there is still plenty of time to shop online for home theater accessories if you plan to give the gift of a new TV this year, even if you don’t have Amazon Prime.
Did we miss a deal that you feel is a lump of coal in the stocking that is Black Friday? Or, were you hoping for a doorbuster price that just never happened? Head down to our comments section and let us know which deals to avoid or which deals you noticed weren’t present at all. While you’re at it, don’t forget to look us up on Twitter or Facebook. You can also keep track of your favorite deals by downloading our new BFAds app for iOS or Android.