Black Friday and Cyber Monday Spotlight Disturbing Trend in Electronics Deals

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You may be wondering why we’ve been spotlighting little else than movie deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday this year. The reason is simple: the big box electronics deals kinda suck this year.

I don’t mean there aren’t good deals to be had, mind you; I just mean there aren’t amazing deals to be had on electronics you should actually be spending your money on. Case in point: I’ve been looking for a rocking deal on an SSD for my computer this year, and one of Amazon’s Lighting Deals yesterday was for an OCZ Technology 128GB Agility 4 Series drive. I’ve heard great things about OCZ, so I instantly hopped on the $69.99 deal (two, in fact). Luckily, I read a few reviews in time to cancel the order literally moments before it shipped. Apparently, the Agility 4 is plagued with problems, and appears to be one of OCZ’s worst drives yet.

And then there’s the Gold Box Deal of the Day today at Amazon: up to 60% off of select Panasonic LED Smart TVs. Sounds like a steal, right? Panasonic’s plasmas are aces! And everybody loves LED TVs! Yeah, as it turns out, CNET called this year’s batch of Panny LEDs, and I quote, “among the worst we’ve seen this year,” adding that they “can’t hold a candle to the company’s plasmas.”

So be careful out there today, folks. If you’re looking to snag a fantastic deal on big ticket items, do your research first. Read reviews. Buy with patience. There’s nothing worse than getting a great deal on something you regret buying.

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