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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — There are plenty of deals on Black Friday, but just because that toaster or television is billed as a “doorbuster,” it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good purchase.

“Almost everything seems to be at its best price on Black Friday, but there are a few categories that have better deals in December and January,” Benjamin Glaser, features editor with DealNews, told ABC News.

Here are some expert recommendations for items shoppers should avoid on Black Friday. (Like always, take any advice with a grain of salt, as these recommendations are based on historical data and anecdotal experience. And if you are in need of something immediately, sometimes it might be worth paying a little more to check it off your list.)

Off-Brand Electronics

That new television or tablet may seem like a steal, but have you even heard of the brand?

Howard Schaffer, vice president of merchandising at Offers.com, said he doesn’t recommend buying from “no name brands, even at those ridiculously low prices.”

“Stay away from the no brands and low price models. Look for name brands you’re familiar with,” he told ABC News. “Consumers who buy [those] later often write poor reviews.”


Before you set your alarm to scoop up those cheap doorbusters, Schaffer recommends evaluating what you plan to do with it.

“It’s cheap for a reason,” he said. “If it’s the main gift, we recommend spending the extra money and getting the name brand you are looking for because you are going to be disappointed with the doorbuster, lower-end product.”

If you’re in need of an extra toaster to help accommodate those holiday house guests, then maybe it will serve its purpose.

Buying Apple Products? Be Savvy About Where

Those big ticket Apple items are sure to be at the top of many holiday shopping lists, but it can pay to comparison shop. While Target isn’t offering a discount on the Apple Watch, which starts at $349, the retailer is sweetening the purchase with a free $100 Target gift card.

The ever-popular iTunes gift cards are even offered at a discount at Best Buy, where the retailer’s Black Friday circular is advertising a deal of buy one, get one 40 percent off.

Winter Apparel

If you’re planning to gift a sweater or winter coat for the holidays, Schaffer recommends waiting for Cyber Monday to get the best deals.

“There will be better deals on Cyber Monday for sweaters, outerwear and fall apparel,” he said. If you’re shopping for yourself and can hold out one more month, Schaffer recommends waiting until after the holidays to snag even lower prices on outerwear for top retailers.

Glaser agreed, telling ABC News: “This is not the best weekend for heavy winter apparel because that stuff will go on clearance later in the season.”

Holiday Decorations

Do you really need a new set of lights this year or can you use last year’s again? While retailers may be touting big deals on holiday decor, the best time to buy is immediately after the holidays. It will be another year before you can use the decorations, but the deep discounts can make it worthwhile to wait.

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Amazon.com(NEW YORK) — It looks as though a new version of #thedress has returned.

A color-block frock for sale on Amazon.com is getting quite the Internet buzz after a number of TV weather women were seen donning the garment this week.

Priced at $22.99, the “Homeyee Women’s Stretch Tunic Pencil Sheath Dress” is available in seven colors and has been receiving rave reviews by both Amazon shoppers and meteorologists across the nation.

“It’s so funny, I never dreamed it would be such a big deal,” meteorologist Shelby Hays of ABC affiliate KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City. “It’s totally comfortable, it’s cheap, it’s got sleeves; that’s the biggest thing. A lot of us aren’t allowed to wear sleeveless in the winter.”

TOO funny! Thx @JenMyersFox4 for the collage of all the women who bought “the dress!” #sisterhoodoftravelingdress pic.twitter.com/iSyJFESYpp

— Shelby Hays (@KOCOShelby) November 21, 2015

Hays told ABC News it was in a private Facebook group for weather anchors where a fellow meteorologist posted a link to “the dress” that captured the attention of the Internet after a number of women purchased on wore the garment on-air.

“It really caught on,” Hays said. “It became a joke: ‘The sisterhood of the traveling dress.'”

Yes, I own #thedress! But at $23, I just couldn’t say no. #Q13FOX pic.twitter.com/PWFmOaIx5T

— Liz Dueweke (@LizDueweke) November 23, 2015

Hays said a number of meteorologists who own the dress were compiled in a photo collage that has been viewed over 3 million times on Imgur’s website.

“You can probably make a collage much bigger now than the one that’s gone viral,” she said.

Apparently this #Amazon dress is a hit with meteorologists across the country. Where are the news people?!! #Alaska pic.twitter.com/E3a5F6VnZJ

— Alexis Fernandez (@alexisreporter) November 23, 2015

Hays said she loved the dress so much that she bought the dress in pink, in addition to the one she already owns in blue.

When one female met tells a bunch of other female mets about a $25 Amazon dress. Great collage, @JenMyersFox4! :) pic.twitter.com/oZSuBgQmzH

— Samantha Roberts (@SamRobertsWX) November 23, 2015

Amazon did not respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

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ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images(BEIJING) — The arid winters in Beijing have a reputation of being very cold but relatively light on snow. When Beijing put in its winning bid for the 2022 Winter Games, many of its promotional videos had to feature computer-generated snowscapes.

So it was a surprise this past weekend when Beijing’s residents woke up to a winter wonderland. A rare, early snowstorm had blanketed the Chinese capital.

ABC News’ Bob Woodruff took a ride to the Forbidden City to see how his neighbors were coping with the heavy snowfall.

Out of town tourists shielded the falling snow with umbrellas while some workers had to shovel with what they could find, including brooms and dustpans.

Beijing International Airport, China’s busiest, cancelled over 300 flights Sunday and closed its runways to inbound flights.

Beijing authorities mobilized 40,000 people to help clear the roads for traffic.

All this is a just warm-up for a deep freeze expected in Beijing this week, with temperatures expected to drop to the single digits.

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Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images(BRUSSELS) — Belgium’s foreign minister tells ABC News that the country’s primary concern right now is to find about 10 individuals whom Belgium authorities believe could launch a Paris-like attack with “heavy weapons” and “suicide bombs.”

Foreign Minister Didier Reynders said intelligence seems to indicate that commercial centers and shopping malls are targets — not schools or metros.

He said that while intelligence-sharing among countries is improving, it’s still not enough.

Brussels will remain on high alert through next Monday, Belgian’s prime minister said Monday. Belgian schools and the country’s subway system are currently closed, but are set to reopen Wednesday.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Paris’ prosecutors office told ABC News that a second person was seen on a Paris subway with Abdelhamid Abaaoud on the night of the Paris attacks. Abaaoud is presumed to be the mastermind of the Nov. 13 attacks.

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Mario Tama/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos said his private spaceflight company Blue Origin has successfully launched a rocket and landed it back on Earth — a feat that could help make space travel more affordable for the masses.

Launching from Texas on Monday, Bezos’ New Shepard crew capsule and propulsion module blasted into space with no passengers on board. After reaching its planned test altitude of 329,839 feet, the vessel returned to Earth, landing upright just four and a half feet from its launch pad, according to Blue Origin.

“When you throw a rocket away, an expendable rocket, you use it once and you throw away all that expensive space hardware,” Bezos told ABC News’ “Good Morning America” today. “It’d be like getting in your [Boeing] 747 and flying across the country and then throwing it away, just using it one time. Imagine how expensive traveling would be.”

Billionaire Elon Musk, who runs SpaceX, has also been hard at work trying to make space flight more affordable. Musk’s company has attempted to land its Falcon 9 rocket on a barge after launch. Several attempts have come close but have fallen short.

While this week’s achievement is being celebrated, Bezos said his company plans to fly the vehicle “many, many times and then when we’re completely confident in it, we’re going to start using it to take people into space.”

Bezos said additional testing should “take another couple of years.” When Blue Origin is ready for passengers, Bezos said he wants to travel to space and fulfill a boyhood dream.

“It’s a passion that is deep in my heart,” he told ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ “By the way, you guys are invited if you want to come.”

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Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama will host French President Francois Hollande at the White House Tuesday for the first time since the deadly terrorist attack in Paris, where the two leaders are expected to discuss cooperation in the war against ISIS.

But even before the meeting, the White House signaled that its outcome might be more symbolic than substantive.

“I don’t want to get ahead of the meeting, but I also wouldn’t downplay the significance of additional expressions of solidarity and support,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Monday.

Some observers had suggested that the United States and France could do more to streamline the intelligence-sharing that goes on between their two countries. But Earnest indicated that the White House believes that burden is on Europe.

“We certainly believe that there is more that France and their European partners can do in terms of sharing information among themselves and with the United States,” he said.

And while Hollande has previously expressed hope that the Nov. 13 Paris attack would prompt the United States and Russia to “join forces” with other nations in the fight against ISIS, Obama has already indicated he doesn’t plan on dramatically shifting course.

“The strategy that we are putting forward is the strategy that ultimately is going to work,” Obama told reporters in Turkey Nov. 16, three days after Paris sustained the terrorist attack that killed 130 people.

The United States has concerns about coordinating counterattacks against ISIS with Russia, as President Vladimir Putin has been focused on striking enemies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, not ISIS itself.

Such concerns might be exacerbated at today’s meeting given Turkey’s shooting down of a Russian warplane today. Turkey said Russia was violating its airspace, and voiced concerns that Moscow had been targeting Turkmen ethnic minorities in Syria, some of whom are fighting alongside Syrian rebel groups against Assad.

Obama noted his skepticism about Russia’s commitment to the anti-ISIS fight during a trip to East Asia last week.

“The question at this point is whether [Russia] can make the strategic adjustment that allows them to be effective partners with us,” Obama said during a news conference in Malaysia Sunday. “And we don’t know that yet.”

Another aspect of the anti-ISIS fight that Obama will likely underscore with Hollande is the influx of Syrian refugees who are seeking resettlement in both leaders’ nations.

U.S. politicians have been urging the United States to pause its Syrian refugee program until the administration can confirm that it’s airtight against possible terrorist infiltration. Obama wants to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees into the country over the next year.

Meanwhile, France has said it will accept 30,000 more refugees over two years.

Obama slammed the notion of suspending the program, calling it “un-American.”

“There’s a difference between smart applications of law enforcement and military and intelligence, and succumbing to the kind of fear that leads us to abandon our values, to abandon how we live, to abandon — or change how we treat each other,” he said in Malaysia.

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iStock Editorial/Thinkstoc(MOSCOW) — Vladimir Putin has accused Turkey of a “stab in the back” and warned of “serious consequences” after Turkish military jets shot down a Russian fighter plane close to the border between Syria and Turkey.

The Russian Su-24 jet was hit by rockets fired from Turkish F-16s whilst it was conducting airstrikes on militants in north-west Syria. Turkish officials have said that the plane had violated Turkey’s airspace and that its jets had warned the Russian plane repeatedly to leave. Putin called the shooting down a “stab in the back.”

“Today’s losses is connected with a blow, that was delivered as a stab in the back by the accomplices of terrorists. I cannot qualify what happened today in any other way,” Putin said during a televised meeting with King Abdullah of Jordan.

Putin insisted the Russian plane was operating 1 km inside the Syrian side of the border when it was hit and Russian officials have said that it never crossed into Turkish airspace. Putin said that the plane had been striking ISIS militants and had posed no threat to Turkey. He said that this was “an obvious fact.”

The Russian president went on to accuse Turkey of aiding terror groups by allowing them to house smuggled oil products on Turkish territory, a trade that is a major source of revenue for many militant groups in Syria. Russia’s Defense ministry has summoned the Turkish military attaché in Moscow to discuss the incident.

Turkey is a NATO member and strongly opposes the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria, which Russia has been backing with an air campaign for the last two months. NATO has announced it will hold an emergency meeting Tuesday evening at Turkey’s request to discuss the shooting down. The military alliance follows a principle of collective defense that means if one member is attacked, the entire alliance will respond.

Putin lashed out at Turkey’s decision to involve NATO so quickly, accusing Turkey of acting as though to “put the alliance in the service of ISIS.”

Turkey is known to back some rebel groups in Syria, although it says it does not support ISIS. Russia has been broadly targeting many of the groups opposed to the Assad government, including the Free Syrian Army.

The fate of the plane’s pilots is so far uncertain, although both ejected before the plane crashed and local rebels have claimed to have found one dead.

Turkey had already warned Russia to halt its airstrikes in the area close to border where the plane was brought down, on Friday summoning the Russian ambassador and warning of serious consequences if the strikes, which are in support of a Syrian government offensive against Turkmen rebels in the area, continued.

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ABCNews.com(MOLENBEEK, Belgium) — A neighbor of the alleged Paris attacker has a message for the suspected terrorist, who is on the lam — “come see your mother.”

The longtime neighbor, Farez, said Salah Abdeslam, of Belgium, was a quiet, helpful boy.

Farez, who asked for his last name to be omitted for fear of reprisal, owns a small shop just steps away from Abdeslam’s former apartment in Molenbeek, Belgium.

He said he was astonished to hear his neighbor was being sought for the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris that have left 130 people dead.

According to Farez, Abdeslam would always ask Farez to give his mother discounts at his shop whenever he came in.

Watch the video below to see Farez plead with Abdeslam to come home.

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iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — A Russian fighter plane has been shot down in Syria close to the border with Turkey, Russia’s defense ministry has confirmed. The confirmation followed an announcement from Turkish officials that they had brought down a foreign military jet in the area for violating their country’s airspace.

The Russian ministry posted a statement saying that one of its SU-24 jets had “according to preliminary information” been shot down “as a result of fire from the ground” over Syria. It said that early reports suggest the plane’s pilots had succeeded in ejecting.

The ministry’s statements conflicted with comments from Turkish officials, who insisted that Turkish fighter jets shot down a plane after it crossed into their country’s airspace. Turkey’s military said that two of its F16s fighters had fired on the jet after giving given 10 warnings in 5 minutes to exit the area.

Russian officials have said the plane never left Syrian airspace at anytime and appeared to be seeking to downplay the possibility that it had been targeted by Turkey.

Turkey is a NATO member and strongly opposes the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, which Russia has been backing with an air campaign for the last two months.

Video broadcast by Turkish media showed a fighter plane ablaze and crashing into the ground close to the Syria-Turkey border.Turkish media reported the plane had crashed on the Syrian side of the border.

On Friday, Turkey had warned Russia to halt its airstrikes in the area close to border where the plane was brought down, summoning the Russian ambassador and warning of serious consequences if the strikes, which are in support of a Syrian government offensive against rebels in the area continued.

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Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A series of terror attacks around the globe, including Paris, Egypt and Mali led the U.S. State Department to issue a “Worldwide Travel Alert” late Monday for all U.S. citizens who may decide to travel abroad.

“Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions,” the alert reads. “These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both official and private interests.”

The State Department doesn’t issue worldwide travel alerts very often. Similar alerts were issued on the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks and in the weeks following the death of Osama bin Laden. The last worldwide terror alert came in after a lone wolf terror attack in Sydney, Australia in December 2014.

“Authorities believe the likelihood of terror attacks will continue as members of ISIL/Da’esh return from Syria and Iraq,” the alert continues. “Additionally, there is a continuing threat from unaffiliated persons planning attacks inspired by major terrorist organizations but conducted on an individual basis.”

State Department officials who spoke to ABC News Monday said the alert is not meant to dissuade Americans from traveling overseas and that that it is not based on any specific intelligence or knowledge of an imminent attack. Instead, the alert is intended to make sure Americans are cautious.

“U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using transportation,” the alert reads. “Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid large crowds or crowed places. Exercise particular caution during the holiday season and at holiday festivals or events. U.S. citizens should monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities.”

The worldwide travel alert is set to expire on Feb. 24, 2016.

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