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Target Leaked Black Friday Deals

Would You Trust $3 Appliances From Target?

Any bargain hunter knows quality and price aren't necessarily correlated. But a $3 coffeemaker? That's less than Starbucks and friends charge for several of their caffeinated menu items.

You might have heard that Target's supposed Black Friday deals were leaked online. A spokesperson for the company wouldn't confirm the rumored deals which include $3 Chefmate brand toasters and coffeemakers, high-definition TVs and navigation systems with slashed price tags, half-priced clothes and toys, and more. If the leaked advertisement is accurate, it sounds like Target is going all out this year trying to get shoppers in its automatic doors.

I'm not used to $3 appliances existing outside garage sales and thrift stores, so it's really something that the chain store is offering these low prices. Sure, I'd throw down a few bucks for a perfectly good, gently used appliance. After all, the person who bought it new surely spent more for the item. Something feels different about buying a new appliance for such a low price — I'm just not sure I'd trust that it would hold up for very long. What's your take?

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JuicyDumplings JuicyDumplings 7 years
I think it would depend on how frequent I would need to use it. But for $3, I'd give it a try!
soapbox soapbox 7 years
I put no, but then I remembered that my mom has a $6, 20 year old hand mixer that she still uses. But then again, I believe that things were sturdier back then.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
I purchased a Chefmate mini food processor. It was under $10. I use it to make hummus. It's gets the job done.
Akasha Akasha 7 years
I don't really know how to put this without sounding insensitive, but here goes. It's $3, it's less than a cup of coffee at Starbucks. If the thing breaks after 10 uses it's not like you broke the bank to buy it.
hbrown12 hbrown12 7 years
I probably wouldn't trust the item, but if I need it I would buy it. If anything it would last me the time in between then and me finding the perfect replacement. It's only $3, its not going to break the bank.
rossy rossy 7 years
It's the same principle as buying a stereo system, VCR, DVD player, computer system, etc., from a large chain electronics store that's downsizing - 80-90% off retail price can get you that Sony DVD player for $15.00... HELL YES! BUY IT! - It might last 10+ years or die 10 days later, but you got it cheap. Just remember this: There will be NO in-store warranty offered & "all sales final" - The store will NOT replace it. The same might apply to what they sell at *Target* stores - I'd love an indoor grill, a GPS device, stand mixer, etc., for $3 bucks each. Even if it/they lasted for only a few days.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 7 years
I might buy this supposed $3 for my best friend's wedding gift. I'm going to give her a toaster full of cash, a la The Office. :) I doubt that Target would sell a product it knows to be dangerous, so I don't see why one wouldn't buy this.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
If it was an appliance that I wasn't going to use regularly, sure, I'd pay $3 for it. But if it's something I'm going to use a lot, I'd rather either buy a used one or shell out a bit more for a brand-new one. I'll take my $100 Bunn coffeemaker any day over some crapola $3 one that'll break or wear out after a month.
magickalrealism magickalrealism 7 years
I'm usually OK with the quality of items I buy at Target. But if I'm unsure about any brand, I check with Consumer Reports - sometimes you get what you pay for, and sometimes you get a real deal. I hate the way that these stores are addressing the recession by encouraging the same careless consumerism that got us in the mess in the first place, though.
ocpeter ocpeter 7 years
Absolutely not. I purchased a Chefmate Hot Pot and a Food Prep machine and had bad experiences with both. The hot pot showed signs of rust and the food prep made a mess out of chopping garlic. You get what you pay for.
J-Rabbit J-Rabbit 7 years
I bought a Chefmate handmixer from Target last weekend and it was $7. These aren't highquality appliances we're talking about. I don't use a handmixer very often, so that's why I went with the cheapie. If I were a serious baker, there's no way I would buy Chefmate, for $7 or for $3.
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