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Friday, November 19, 2010

Article: Black Friday's dirty little secrets.

Posted by Paul

I've never been a Black Friday participant (they pretty lose me at 'wake up early on a day off'), but I've always been intrigued by the tradition.

I found an article about things to watch out for on Black Friday. An interesting read, but one point in particular surprised me.

It was referring to the idea of "derivative models" essentially sale models that lack features from the standard model. They use an example of a Samsung TV being advertised as a Black Friday special at Wal-Mart. Here is an excerpt from the article:
"That model doesn't appear on Samsung's web site. Maybe it was made just for Black Friday," he said. Another red flag, the deal on that TV just lists the deal price and not the regular price of the model.

I had no idea that there might be special models made just for Black Friday or other sales. It seems like the consumer really needs to research sale models carefully, especially with electronics where model numbers and feature sets are often complicated.

The whole article can be read at the link below:

Black Friday's dirty little secrets

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