Black Friday is the perfect time to get a grab price on gadgets you’ve been waiting all year to buy … and also the perfect time to get talked into buying things you don’t need. Sure, stores mark down the good stuff to reel you in the door, but they keep limited quantities of that around. There are plenty of deals on things these stores just don’t want to have to stock anymore, and they’re ready to pawn it all off on you. If you’re going to go out into the madness that is Black Friday, don’t come home with one of these mistakes to show for it.
For the Black Friday deals actually worth trudging out into the cold for, check out our Black Friday guide.
Worst Black Friday Deals:
iPad Mini 1st Generation ($200)
Apple’s tablets are great, but this one is outdated and just can’t keep up on newer version of iOS.
E Fun Windows 8.1 Tablet ($100)
Have you heard of E Fun? Neither have we, and Windows 8.1 doesn’t have a great reputation for running on low-end hardware like this. If you come across it at Walmart, avoid it.
It has all of a 2.5-star rating on Amazon. Probably makes for a nice, heavy frisbee?
This is a great deal if you live in the year 2005.
32-inch Class LED HDTV ($100)
Walmart’s ad says the brand will vary on this deal. That means “it’s going to be one of the off-brand TVs we can’t give away.”
Element 29″ HDTV ($80)
This is exactly the kind of brand you fear getting with that “brand may vary” deal.
Xbox 360 4GB Kinect Bundle ($180)
It’s a generation behind, it only has a 4GB hard drive, and it comes with the Kinect. Three strikes.
Off-Brand Xbox and PlayStation controllers ($40)
Walmart has these on sale. This will seem like a significantly worse deal when the controller gives out in the middle of your game.
SmartWatch G2 Pro ($55)
Even the best smartwatches still have a ways to go, so off-brand ones aren’t going to live on your wrist for long.
It runs Android 4.4 for the half hour it works. Spend a little more and get a reliable tablet.