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The holiday shopping season kicked off with people rushing through store doors early Friday morning. Shoppers sprang into action at the Best Buy in Watertown, Massachusetts at 1 A.M. (Nov. 25) AP

Sale priced cameras are displayed at a Best Buy store in this 2010 file photo(Photo: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images)

While there are several great Black Friday deals this year, there are items you really should avoid buying on the biggest retail holiday.

Don't expect to get the newest or most feature-rich tech products for the best price on Thanksgiving or Black Friday. Most of the "doorbuster" deals you see advertised will be for low-end devices or last year's models.

And the prices offered this weekend may not be the lowest price ever offered for good quality items. Sites like CamelCamelCamel show price history for any item offered on Amazon. You can also use this site to set up price watches this holiday season and look at the top price drops daily.

Here's what you should avoid:

•Off-brand tablets. If it's a tablet from a brand you've never heard of, or a brand you swore only made Soviet-era cars, it's probably not going to be a great tablet.

What you'll likely end up with is a bad user experience, complete with a laggy interface and a low-resolution screen that will just end up making your eyes tired.

Instead, go with name brands like Apple, Samsung or Amazon's tablets. The 7-inch Amazon Fire tablet is available right now for $49.99 and you can expect it to go lower for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Apple's iPad Mini 2 has been advertised as low as $199 starting on Thanksgiving.

•Televisions with not enough ports. Many of the "special buy" and "doorbuster" televisions offer a total of two HDMI ports. Many people have more than two devices they'll want to connect to their new television. Avoid the inconvenience of unplugging and plugging in components. Pay the extra money and get a TV that'll accommodate all of your devices.

That said, if you're just hooking up a couple of things like a Roku and a soundbar, some of these are great buys. But, also, think about future-proofing.

•The newest cameras. You may not get a great deal on the newest Nikon 3400 DSLR. But, you'll probably find some steals out there on the previous 3300 model or even the previous-to-that 3200.

Just check the features the older models offer and make sure it has what you're looking for and isn't missing anything you consider a necessity on the newest models.

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