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- Best Buy offers some of the most competitive prices when it comes to electronics big and small.
- Knowing how and when to find the best deals can be just as good as knowing when to skip an item entirely.
- We spoke to personal shopping and money-saving experts to determine what’s a great deal and what you’re better off buying somewhere else.
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For gearheads, gamers, and tech geeks, the experience of going to Best Buy is the equivalent of a kid walking into a candy store.
But while Best Buy remains one of the most competitive retailers around, there are some things you might want to think twice about before checkout.
One of the best things you can do is download the Best Buy app to get real-time deals, coupons, and discounts on items ranging from laptops and cellphones to major household appliances. Another consideration is to join the My Best Buy membership to receive exclusive member-only offers, get early access to the biggest sales.
Though Best Buy offers some stellar deals on electronics, the retailer definitely isn’t a one-stop shop. According to Andrea Woroch, consumer savings, personal finance, and smart shopping expert, it’s better to look for bargains on household items like furniture, hair care products, and phone cases elsewhere.
"You just need to know where to look to find those savings and a little bit of research can go a long way in terms of smarter shopping," Woroch said.
We consulted the experts and price-matched across the internet to see what items you want to buy and what you should probably skip on your next visit to Best Buy.
Best Buy offers very competitive and comprehensive price matching on their MacBook prices, according to Woroch.
"They also have a great price matching policy and even offer discounts on open-box merchandise," Woroch said. "This means you may be able to score a brand-new MacBook for a lower price because someone else returned it after opening the box even though it was never used."
Skip: Patio furniture
Woroch advises waiting until the end of the season for deals from retailers with a larger selection of outdoor furniture such as Target or Home Depot.
"Otherwise, sites like Overstock offer bigger discounts on outdoor couches, chairs and tables," Woroch said. "Before buying new though, I recommend looking at what’s available secondhand through local online listings. You can save up to 80% by purchasing used instead."
Buy: 4K TV
There’s never been a better time to buy 4K, and from LG to Samsung to Vizio, Best Buy’s got you covered. One of the best deals we found is on the Samsung 65-inch LED 7 Series for $699.99 (originally $899).
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