Talking turkey: Are Black Friday deals a scam or a steal?

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With the arrival of Thanksgiving comes the holiday that shoppers look forward to every year: Black Friday.

Businesses and online retailers began rolling out notices of their deals as soon as the calendar hit Nov. 1. Headlines from stores such as Amazon, Target, and Best Buy are broadcasting their “Best Black Friday Deals” accompanied by large percentage markdowns to appeal to bargain shoppers whose wallets have been waiting all year to purchase TVs, clothes, and other big-ticket items.

However, Black Friday deals may not be the steal customers hope for, particularly as some can fall prey to marketing schemes and deceiving deals geared to get shoppers to spend more money. Black Friday shoppers may not experience all-time low prices due to the economy, as well.

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