Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) is a key destination for millions of holiday shoppers, not only because of its great variety: you can get hundreds of millions of items on your site – – but also because it offers some of the best deals (not to mention free shipping if you're a member of Amazon Prime).
The e-commerce giant had a jump in the holiday shopping season this year by launching some of its Black Friday offers on November 17. But aside the great selection, free shipping and great deals, there are still some gifts that you're just better not buying Amazon. Here is a quick summary of this year.
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It's smart to buy your smartphone somewhere else
Yes, Amazon sells many smartphones. The problem is that many of them are sold through external suppliers, unlike the manufacturers themselves, and that means that some of the phones have a price higher than the original retail prices.
Not only are they more expensive, but also if you buy a smartphone on Amazon, you might be missing out on some incredible vacation deals offered by retail stores. For example, Target Wal-Mart and Best Buy offer special gift cards, up to $ 300, when buyers buy popular smartphones like The new iPhone X from Apple the Google Pixel 2 or devices Samsung Galaxy S8.
Just keep in mind that these offers vary by store, come in limited quantities and also have some conditions. For example, you must sign up for Verizon or AT & T if you buy Wal-Mart iPhones, and you may need to sign up for installment payment plans that require you to pay back the amount of the gift card if you change providers.
It is also worth exploring the offers that the operators themselves are offering during the holidays. If you buy two new flagship phones from Samsung, Apple or LG from T-Mobile you will receive the price of your second phone as a prepaid gift card (essentially, which makes the second device free).
Stay away from Amazon for large appliances
Sure, small appliances like coffee makers and air purifiers can be good to buy from Amazon, but big and expensive appliances are not the strong point of the website. You will have a difficult, if not impossible, time to find large appliances at Amazon, and even if you do, they will not have such a competitive price.
Instead, buy the usual suspects like Lowe & # 39; s Home Depot and Best Buy. These retailers offered double-digit percentage discounts on some of their Black Friday appliances (and are likely to have more offers during the holiday season), so buy ads to find the best deals, just do not waste your time on Amazon.
Leave the jewelery to the professionals
The jewels are always a popular gift idea for the holidays, and although Amazon does sell jewelry, and even has holiday offers at this time, it is probably better to go to the old one. Go through these special gifts and get them in a store.
First of all, you will know exactly what you are getting and how it looks. Of course, you could say that about anything you buy online, but since jewelry is something that someone else, or yourself, if you give yourself, will use, it is best to see the jewelry in person before buy them .
This is especially true if you are buying any type of jewelry that is remotely expensive. Buying a $ 1,000 necklace at Amazon while binge-watch Stranger Things is not going to earn you as many points as going to a jewelry store and choosing it.
Games are best left to retailers
And finally, some of the best deals on video game consoles this year can be found in major retail stores, and not Amazon. You can obtain the Microsoft Xbox One S with 500 GB of memory for only $ 190 from major retailers starting on Black Friday. Kohl offered $ 45 in store credit with a purchase, while Target was offering a $ 25 gift card.
Of course, Amazon is still a great place to buy many holiday gifts. But if you are looking for any of the items mentioned above, then entering a store or shopping online at a major retailer is probably your best option.
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