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The best things to buy on Black Friday

Stuff stockings with DVDs, video games
Stuff stockings with DVDs, video games

Retailers often mark down video games and movies on Blu-ray as low as $4 on Black Friday, according to dealnews.com. And in this case, the quality of the film or game remains the same, whether you pay full price or get a discount.

While the new Xbox One or PlayStation 4 isn't likely to see any discounts on Black Friday, there are plenty of available deals on video games. This year, look for buy-one-get-one offers on next-generation video game titles and game bundles for current-generation consoles up to 37 percent off the retail price. New games for current-generation consoles could see steeper discounts at 50 percent.

Movies also will present some good deals. Black Friday can be the best time of the year to purchase boxed sets or complete seasons of television shows, de Grandpre says. "They'll hit a price low that you may not see again for months or even a year," he says.

Look for deals on summer blockbusters, too -- some titles could see discounts of 50 to 75 percent off the regular price.

Prices fall so low for movies on Black Friday that it may be cheaper to purchase the disc outright than to buy it through streaming services or pay-per-view options, de Grandpre says.

Consumers regularly weigh whether purchasing a disc is worth the additional cost. "Will you really watch it enough to get your value out of it?" he says.

"That's a decision people make all year long," de Grandpre says. "That decision gets a little harder around Black Friday" when the price of ownership is competitive with one-time use.

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