Black Friday shoppers warned to watch out for ‘dud deals’ |  British news

Black Friday shoppers warned to watch out for ‘dud deals’ | British news

Thousands of shoppers are expected to head to their local high streets and retail parks or browse the websites of their favorite stores as Black Friday kicks off.

But consumer group Which? has warned that there are a few deals to avoid, highlighting a few child car seats, a TV, a dishwasher, a laptop, and fridges and freezers.

Which? said it tested the items and concluded they “could be a waste of money for shoppers – at a time when many can’t afford it during the current cost-of-living crisis”.

Products it said raised red flags were:

Graco Logico L car seat

This was sold on Amazon at a reduced price of £40 from the pre-sale price of £50.

Which? said the seat meets legal safety requirements under R44 regulations, but due to poor side impact protection, it was not recommended.

Which? said the car seat is only required by law to pass frontal impact tests, but his own test includes side impacts as well.

Amazon said the car seat isn’t currently available as a Black Friday deal. When Sky News checked the website it was listed as “out of stock”.

Maxi Cosi Beryl car seat

This also performed poorly in Which?’s side crash test, although it met legal safety requirements under R44 regulations.

Which? said: “The sizing of the product is not quite right, which means that children weighing 25kg are slightly too big for the seat, leaving them visible.”

A retailer who did have the car seat for sale said it had since been removed, although it is offered by a number of other outlets.

Hisense 50A7100FT UK television

described by which? as “absolutely awful”, criticizing its poor motion control, dark contrast and too-red palette, this TV is being sold by Argos for £249, down from £349.

A spokesperson said: “The Hisense 50A7100FTUK from Argos is not a Black Friday deal, it’s a sale item. It’s not on the Black Friday deals 2022 section of the website and we’re not pushing it as a Black Friday deal.

“We regularly review our range and overall the Hisense range has received positive feedback from our customers.”

Hoover HBFUP 130 NKE freezer

Sold by Currys for £289, down from the original price of £369, but which one? said the tests showed the device had inconsistent temperatures and was slow to freeze food, and estimated it would cost households nearly £50 extra a year to operate under the current energy price guarantee.

Sky News has sought a response from Currys.

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Amica FDR2213C Retro fridge-freezer combination

criticized by which? as energy inefficient and slow to cool food, this product has been reduced from £479 to £399 at AO.

AO also has a dishwasher – Hisense HV651D60UK – on sale for £379, down from £399. Which one? said the filters probably had to be cleaned every third wash, and it was noisy.

An AO spokesperson said: “The fridge freezer named Which? has been rated 4.8 stars out of 5 by over 400 of our customers, while the dishwasher also has a high rating of 4.4 stars out of 5 with over 150 reviews.

“Which? is of course entitled to their own opinion, but our customer reviews from real families using these products speak for themselves.”

Fusion5 T90B+ Pro laptop

Chosen by which? for “terrible performance and short-term guaranteed security support”. It retails for £160 from Amazon, down from £200. Amazon has not commented separately on this.

Natalie Hitchins, Which? head of home products and services, said: “Our research has found so-called Black Friday sales that can end up being a major turnoff and throwing money away for people who buy them.

“The cost of living crisis has made it even more important for people to be able to put their money further with smart sale purchases. Only buy products when you really need them and do your research so you don’t end up with a certified dud .”

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