I have never shopped on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving that kicks off the holiday spending spree, but this year I plan to break that tradition.
I’ve been considering replacing my 14-inch computer monitor for more than a year. My tiny screen is constantly crowded with windows and tabs and apps, making me inefficient at work. I want a bigger monitor.
Black Friday is a great time to buy consumer electronics, if past sales are any indication. Here’s how I plan to get a great deal this Black Friday.
I’ve narrowed down what I’m looking for. Earlier in the year I was considering replacing my entire computer, but I still have a year on my extended warranty. (Extended warranties are not often a great deal, but my machine underwent major surgery in its first year, so I purchased it in case the problems continued.) I’m focused and determined not to get distracted by other sales.
I’ve set a target budget. My early goal was to spend less than $100 on a new computer monitor. Since then, I’ve browsed many Dell catalogs and realized I won’t be able to buy a bigger monitor unless I bump up my budget to $200. No point in replacing what I already have. I’m hoping to lower my budget to $150 after I do more research about prices.
I’ve saved the money. Nuff said.
I’m monitoring Black Friday 2010 ads. I joined the email list for BFAds.net years ago and am continually impressed with their dedication, enthusiasm, and ability to put sale prices into perspective. So far most of the deals are for toys, but my fingers are crossed that there will be great electronics deals this year, like last year.
I’ve got a plan. Closer to the holiday I’m going to spend an hour or two comparing in detail the sales for monitors within my budget that fit my needs. I don’t plan to shop Black Friday in person, so I’m limited to online deals. I plan to narrow down my choices to 2-4 monitors and do a final comparison of price, warranty, return policy, and shipping fee. Then I’ll make my decision.
I’ve got an alarm clock. The best Black Friday deals are extremely short lived (an hour or less?) and often occur at uncomfortable hours when I’d rather be sleeping. But if I can shave a significant amount of money – $75 or more – off the price of a good computer monitor, I’m willing to set my alarm.
Are you considering a major consumer electronics purchase this winter holiday season? What’s your plan of attack?