7 Black Friday Myths

When it comes to deals, there are tons of misconceptions out there. KATU Problem Solver dispels 7 top Black Friday myths that could cost you a deal.

Myth No. 1: Black Friday sales start on Black Friday. Wrong.

After Walmart, Target, Toys 'R' Us, and Kmart announced their sales will start Thanksgiving night, Sears upped the ante by starting its sales Sunday, Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. for select customers. Sears' Shop Your Way members can order online and then pick up purchases in the store.

Myth No. 2: You must camp out to get the door-busters. Maybe. found 70 percent of last year's Black Friday deals were also available online for the same price.

Myth No. 3: Black Friday prices are the lowest of the year. Not always.

Toys see the deepest discount during the two weeks before Christmas; winter apparel - right after Christmas; brand name HDTVs - between December and February.

Myth No. 4: Nobody will beat Black Friday prices. Wrong.

Target, Best Buy and Walmart have announced price matching, as well as many local stores. You just need to ask.

Myth No. 5: You have to go the Apple store for the best bargains on iPads and iPhones. Probably not.

Apple's Black Friday deals are usually pretty skimpy; instead, try Amazon, Mac Connection and

Myth No. 6: You can always return your Black Friday purchases. Not always.

Some retailers will only give you store credit even with a receipt. Remember, don't open boxes or you could get hit with a restocking fee.

Myth No. 7: You should wait until Cyber Monday for the best online sales. Wrong.

The majority of deals will actually be posted Thanksgiving morning. So stick the turkey in the oven and gobble up the savings online.