Black Friday is renowned for its spectacular once-a-year deals, and this time around, several big retailers are kicking off their deals early. If you’re contemplating a little home improvement—from a new backsplash to a full-on overhaul of your bathroom or kitchen—these sales can be a great time to grab what you need for low, low, low prices.
And yet, not everything you see around Black Friday is a bargain. The trick is to know what to look for, and what to avoid like so many lumps of coal. So to help you out, we asked some consumer advocates to point out three real deals, as well as three rip-offs to avoid.
Buy: Major appliances
Major appliances—we’re talking fridge, oven, dishwasher—are a Black Friday specialty. So if you’re looking to renovate your kitchen you’re in luck.