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Avoid bad 'deals' on Black Friday and beyondDon't be fooled by the flashy ads and "doorbuster" deals, here are four things you should look for before you pull the trigger on a purchase.
[MUSIC] How do you tell a real deal from a fake this holiday shopping season? Don't go with the first deal you find. If you're shopping online, search the name of the product and compare prices on the Google shopping tab. Or if you're braving the crowds at the store keep your phone handy. Apps like ScanLife and shopsavvy let you scan the barcode of a product to compare the price from different stores both online and in person. Because a better price could literally be right around the corner. Make sure you know exactly what you're getting before you buy. Rather than relying on just the generic name of the product, search by the specific model number or SKU. This will ensure you don't end up getting the wrong model or last years version of the product you really wanted. Some ads make it a little creative when listing an item's price and the savings they show maybe based off, of the original list price of the product and not what it's currently going for. Check the price on the manufacturers website or at other stores for an accurate assessment. A lot of retailers hide bad deals in bundles. If you're looking for a gaming console or a camera for example, you may not need all the add ons. Price out every item separately to figure out exactly how much you're spending on the items you're actually going to use like an SD card or controller. And just skip the bad games and mediocre lenses. If everything checks out, go ahead and pull the trigger. You found yourself a real deal.