Black Friday shoppers warned to watch out for ‘dud deals’ |  UK News

Black Friday shoppers warned to watch out for ‘dud deals’ | UK News

Thousands of shoppers are expected to hit their local high streets and retail parks or browse the websites of their favorite stores as Black Friday gets underway.

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

Which? said it had 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”.

The products it said had raised red flags were:

Graco Logico L car seat

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

Which? said the seat meets legal safety requirements under the 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 front crash testing, but its own test includes side impact.

Amazon said the car seat is not 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 impact test, although it met legal safety requirements under the R44 regulations.

Which? said: “The product’s sizing is not quite right, meaning that children weighing 25kg are slightly oversized for the seat, leaving them vulnerable.”

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

Hisense 50A7100FTUK TV

Described by Which? as “absolute abysmal”, with criticism of its poor motion control, dark contrast and a palette skewed too red, 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 clearance 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 evaluate 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 its original price of £369, but which one? said its tests found the appliance had an inconsistent temperature and was slow to freeze food, and estimated it would cost households almost £50 extra a year to operate under the current Energy Price Guarantee.

Sky News has requested a response from the Currys.

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Amica FDR2213C Retro refrigerator with freezer

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

AO also has a dishwasher – Hisense HV651D60UK – on sale for £379, down from £399. Which? said the filters probably needed cleaning every 3 wash cycles and that was high.

An AO spokesperson said: “The fridge freezer named by Which? has been rated 4.8 stars out of 5 by over 400 of our customers, while the dishwasher also scores highly with 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

Designated by Which? for “terrible performance and short-term guaranteed security support”. It’s on sale for £160 at Amazon, down from £200. Amazon has not provided a separate comment on this.

Natalie Hitchins, which one? head of home products and services, said: “Our research has found so-called Black Friday bargains that can end up being a huge disappointment and money down the drain for people who buy them.

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

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