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Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals for Seniors

By Jan Bolder - November 29, 2013

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While seniors are mostly past the age of lining up for hours and camping in front of stores to get the best bargains from retailers, it doesn't mean they have to lose out on all the big sales. Here are a few ways they can still capitalize on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and what some of the best buys are.

Laptops and Tablets

Independence is one of the most important factors for seniors, and being equipped with a laptop or tablet is one of the easiest ways of keeping that. You can download Skype to keep in touch of loved ones, read newspapers online without worrying about paper copies or disposal, send and receive emails, and shop without using gas for the car.

But when looking at laptops or tablets, avoid the in-person crush and look at products online, from the comfort of your own home. Comparing and contrasting all the features can be confusing, but technology has advanced to the point where pretty much anything you buy will more than do the job for you. Dissecting features like speed and memory tends to be more applicable to gamers and graphic designers, or other workers who need their computers to run a multitude of heavy-duty programs. It's almost like buying a sports car: unless you'll be using the car to drive races, you won't notice a huge difference between a Corvette and a Porsche if all you'll be doing is driving to the supermarket.

Smartphone

Buying a cellphone for a senior can make their lives immensely easier. While it may be a little tricky to figure out all the features and options at first, it only takes a bit of getting used to before the benefits start to make themselves known. For example, there are apps that give off alarms when it's time to take medications, apps that remind of doctor's appointments, apps that organize medications and doses into different files, and apps that help with sleep habits.

Smartphones are mainly divided into iPhones and Androids, with either a world of differences or only a few between them, depending on how you look at it. Androids have large screens and are highly customizable, while iPhones have slightly smaller screens but are more "plug and play". Another difference is selection versus control. iPhones have hundreds of thousands of apps to choose from (Androids have less), but there aren't as many things you can do with an iPhone as you can with an Android. It comes down to variety (Android) or elegance in simplicity (iPhone).