The best (and worst) items to buy on Black Friday

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AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR) — The countdown to the biggest shopping day of the year is on, but Black Friday is no longer a one-day affair. Retail experts say it’s now evolving into a weekend-long shopping event.

Expect more jingle at the cash register, according to a recent survey by Retail-Me-Not. Shoppers plan to spend $60 more on gifts this weekend compared to last year, and 78 percent of those surveyed said they plan to shop this weekend. Of those, 33 percent plan to kick off their shopping spree on Thanksgiving night.

So what’s on their holiday lists? Small electronics come out on top. That includes items like smartphones, headphones, and smart watches. Clothing is second, followed by shoes.

If you’re braving the long lines this weekend, here’s what Retail-Me-Not experts say are the worst and best items to buy

Worst:

  • Furniture. Wait to buy it in January, when it’s the lowest.
  • The latest gaming consoles.
  • Toys. Instead, wait two weeks before Christmas.

Best:

  • Appliances and electronics like computers, phones and TVs 
  • Winter gear and sneakers 
  • Designer handbags

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