Black Friday shoppers warned to beware of ‘missed deals’ |  UK News

Black Friday shoppers warned to beware of ‘missed deals’ | UK 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 which consumer group? warned there were a few deals to avoid, highlighting a pair of child car seats, a TV, a dishwasher, a laptop, as well as fridges and freezers.

Who? said he tested the items and concluded they “could be a waste of money for shoppers – at a time when many can ill afford them during the current cost of living crisis”.

The products he said had raised red flags were:

Graco Logico L car seat

This was being sold on Amazon for a reduced price of £40 from its pre-sale price of £50.

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

Who? said the car seat is only legally required to pass frontal impact testing, but its own test includes side impact.

Amazon said the car seat is not currently available as part of a Black Friday deal. When Sky News checked the website it was listed as ‘out of stock’.

Maxi Cosi Beryl car seat

It also performed poorly in Which?’s side crash test, despite meeting statutory safety requirements under the R44 regulations.

Who? said: “The product size is not quite right, which means that children weighing 25 kg are slightly oversized for the seat, leaving them exposed.”

A retailer that had the car seat on sale said it has since been withdrawn, although it is offered by a number of other outlets.

Hisense 50A7100FTUK TV

Described by whom? as “absolutely abysmal”, with criticism for its poor motion control, dark contrast and an overly 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 is a clearance item. It is not listed in the Black Friday deals 2022 section of the website, and we do not not offer it as a Black Friday offer.

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

Freezer Hoover HBFUP 130 NKE

Sold by Currys for £289, down from the original price of £369, but which one? said his tests revealed the device had an inconsistent temperature and was slow to freeze food, estimating it would cost households nearly £50 extra a year to operate under the current warranty energy prices.

Sky News has asked Currys for a response.

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Amica FDR2213C Retro fridge-freezer

Criticized by whom? as food is energy inefficient and slow to refrigerate, this product is reduced to £399 from £479 at AO.

AO also has a dishwasher – Hisense HV651D60UK – on sale for £379, down from £399. Who? said its filters would probably need to be cleaned every three wash cycles and it was noisy.

A spokesperson for AO said: “The fridge-freezer named by Which? has been rated 4.8 out of 5 stars by over 400 of our customers, while the dishwasher also scores a high score of 4, 4 out of 5 stars with over 150 reviews.

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

Fusion5 T90B+ Pro Laptop

Distinguished by whom? for “awful performance and guaranteed short-lived security support”. It’s on sale for £160 on Amazon, up from £200 previously. Amazon did not provide a separate comment on this.

Natalie Hitchins, which one? head of home products and services said: “Our research has revealed so-called Black Friday deals that could end up being a big disappointment and a waste of money for people buying them.

“The cost of living crisis makes it even more important that people can make their money work with smart sales purchases. Only buy products if you really need them, and do your research, so you can don’t end up with certified shit.”

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