Deal or no deal on low quality Black Friday items

By: Sara Zendehnam Email
By: Sara Zendehnam Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Whether you are eying a TV, laptop, or smartphone this holiday season, stores are rolling out the big deals for Black Friday.

However, just because items have a big flashy 'sale' sign on them, doesn't necessarily mean they are good.

One store is offering a 32-inch flat screen TV for $98, but tech experts say not only will the quality of the video be bad, but it could stop working sooner than you think.

"[It] might last you a year or two and then could go out so you're going to end up buying another TV," says Payton Grose of US Tech.

When looking for the right TV, experts say focus on finding one with an LED display, resolution of 1080P and refresh rate of at least 120 Hertz.

Laptops are on many wish lists too and some retailers are offering them up for less than $200. The experts say cheap laptops have a short life-span as well and will likely be slow. If you are eying one this Black Friday keep the processor in mind, which determines the speed of the computer.

Smartphones are another hot ticket item, but if you buy one on a big discount it could likely be an older model.

"They want to start getting rid of some of the inventory so they can start upgrading to the newer versions on the phones," says Joseph Wilson of Nerd Tap.

To make sure you get what you want from it experts suggest looking for a phone with 4G and at least 2GB of RAM.

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