Golden Valley nonprofit provides deals on electronics
Thanksgiving week deals

At the Shoppes at Arbor Lakes, holiday sale signs are out, the tree is up and ready to be decorated, and the holiday decor is priced, ready for shoppers who believe earlier is better.

"It's called Black Friday creep," says PocketYourDollars.com's Carrie Rocha, who monitors consumer habits and trends.

Rocha says retailers have been pushing holiday sales and deals earlier and earlier, but consumers are holding off major purchases until the typical Black Friday sales hit.

"We are going to see the very best deals the week of Thanksgiving," says Rocha. "What was once Black Friday in brick and mortar stores has morphed into an entire week of very noteworthy deals."

Rocha says look for some of the best online deals to hit the evening of Thanksgiving. She also advises making a plan and looking for deals, unless your list includes a hot toy like this year's Hatchimals. Then, the rule is grab it whenever you see it because toys are often not restocked for the holiday season.

Deals on electronics

Electronics are always a holiday hot seller, suiting just about any member of the family including the hard-to-buy-for teenager. More and more stores selling refurbished smartphones, tablets, laptops and more have opened recently, catering to a growing consumer base who is open to buying secondhand electronics.

"Their dollar will go a lot farther shopping here than a big box retailer," says Amanda LaGrange, CEO of Tech Discounts in Golden Valley, a nonprofit that employs people who have spent time in the justice system or might otherwise be unemployable.

Tech Discounts and Tech Dump refurbishes and recycles old electronics so they can be resold.

"It's amazing once a person finds out how much they can save from buying from us and buying refurbished. I think they continue to be a loyal refurbished customer."

All products come with a 30-day money back guarantee and a six-month warranty. The business has locations in St. Paul and Bloomington and is hoping for a bump for Black Friday as they showcase refurbished MacBook Airs and iPad4s.

"We expect those to move very quickly," says LaGrange.

Shannon Slatton, reporting
on Twitter: @sslatton

November 16, 2016


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