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Black Friday 2017 survival guideThe Black Friday shopping bonanza is upon us. Keep these basic rules in mind to avoid getting suckered by a bad deal.
The Black Friday shopping bonanza is upon us. As you sketch out your plan of attack keep these basic rules in mind to avoid getting sacred by a bad deal. For starters always do a little background on the gadget. Is it brand new or last year's model? We've seen some nice sales advertised on last year's Roku which is still perfectly good as well as last year's Beat's studio wireless headphones. And last year's GoPro HERO5. Smart Speakers are gonna be hot gift, and seems every stores selling the Google Home Mini at a discounted price of $29. And stores are even throwing in Bonus Gift cards and coupons to sweeten the sale. It sounds perfect until you remember that Google admitted, there was a problem with the speaker and had it disabled to touch controls. Not a big deal if you don't mind only controlling it with your voice. See, research matters. Amazon will also put its smart speakers up for sale, but if you're getting wrapped up in Amazon deal hunting you should use the site Camel, Camel, Camel. It will check the price history of everything sold on Amazon, so you know if it's a really good deal. Also, do the math on bundles. Getting a bundle, doesn't always mean you're getting a discount. Nintendo has a Super Mario Odyssey switch bundle, that comes with the console, game, and carrying case. And it costs the same as if you were buying all three things separately. There are few things that are never a good deal for black Friday. Do not buy mobile chargers, phone cases, or accessories, Those tend to be overpriced when you're swept up in the shopping rush. And stay away from off brand or no brand tablets. They will just end up being junk when it comes to cheap tablets, your best choice is Amazon's Fire 7 tablet. It's only $30 when it's on sale. Now you may not hit all the deals, but rest assured, there will likely be more sales leading up to Christmas. And when it comes to the turkey day gadget rush Research from Adobe Analytics says Thanksgiving day offers the best prices on computers and video games. Black Friday is best for buying appliance, tablets and TVs. And Cyber Monday always has plenty of sales but toys usually see the best Monday price cuts. I'm Bridget Carey and you can keep up with the latest hot holiday gadget deals at CNET.com.