What Mashable staff bought last year on Black Friday

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Not your usual Black Friday deals.
Not your usual Black Friday deals.

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By Dylan HaasMashable Shopping

Black Friday isn’t just about getting discounts on 4K TVs and sound systems (that you may not even be getting a good deal on, anyway) — you can also get stuff for yourself that’s like, much more useful and less fleeting than the rush of watching your favorite films in the highest resolution possible (okay, wait… no, that sounds pretty good, but still). 

To show you what we mean, here are some not-so-run-of-the-mill stuff that we bought during last year’s Black Friday sales:

Graphic design is my passion

We’re still a little pissy that Adobe Creative Suite is a subscription-based software service, but when Black Friday rolls around, you might be able to score a killer deal on the whole shebang. Last year, Lead Analyst at PCMag Sascha Segan was able to pick up the entirety of the Adobe Creative Suite for just $16 per month (for reference, it usually sits around $80 for a monthly plan, and that’s without tax) — that includes favorites like Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, and more top-notch programs of the like. 




What Mashable staff bought last year on Black Friday



Cheap-ass flights for the win

Chances are that you’ve never thought about shopping for flights on Black Friday, but it turns out you’d be silly not to. Assistant Growth Editor Lily Kartiganer finagled a round trip to Dublin for under $300 by taking advantage of Norwegian Air‘s super low prices, which she said costs less than a flight back to her home in Florida during the holidays (it probably helped that it was in the travel off-season, too). 




What Mashable staff bought last year on Black Friday



Know yourself

Lily also managed to get a 23andMe DNA testing kit for half-off the usual asking price during Black Friday last year — an ancestry package from the company usually costs around $100, so that’s a real good deal. 




What Mashable staff bought last year on Black Friday



Season’s greetings

Props to anyone who takes the time and effort to send out holiday cards. You all are some real ones. 

Lead Animator Alisa Stern designed some of her own and got them at a nice little discount on Vistaprint (yeah, they do more than just funky business cards). Last year, the entire site was 60% off, so you know what to expect in the coming weeks. 




What Mashable staff bought last year on Black Friday



Let there be light 

Transportation reporter Sasha Lekach says that Olight’s LED flashlights are a must, and proving to be an even better deal for her with the California fires, blackouts, and earthquakes in the past year. Last year, Olight LED flashlights were discounted up to 30% off for Black Friday, and up to 45% off for Cyber Monday. 




What Mashable staff bought last year on Black Friday



Also, a TV

Yeah, we know we said it’s not all about 4K TVs on Black Friday, but come on, they are very good! Shopping Writer Leah Stodart’s father was able to get a great deal on a 4K TV at Walmart last year, and we expect that a ton of other TVs like it will experience huge price cuts as per usual. Keep an eye out. 




What Mashable staff bought last year on Black Friday



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