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The best things to buy on Black Friday

Stuff stockings with DVDs, video games
Stuff stockings with DVDs, video games © mangostock – Fotolia.com

Stuff stockings with DVDs, video games

If you don't have a console, buy one that comes with games, the experts at DealNews suggest. If you do have one, expect Black Friday deals of 50% off of video games.

On consoles, the Xbox One and PS4 could start as low as $250. Bundled with games, the Xbox One will start around $300. And like other electronics, prices for all consoles will be lower if you're willing to buy a refurbished model.

DealNews predicts Nintendo's Wii U will be offered for around $225, with refurbished models going for $180.

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% 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 asks.

"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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