Wednesday, November 18, 2020

How to find the best Black Friday deals

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We have all seen the video footage of Black Friday shoppers going completely mad - often for items they don’t even need or want, but all in the name of the discount! Black Friday is a great time to find a deal or two, but if you do not go in with the right approach, you will just be wasting your own time. The key to a successful Black Friday is research - after all, why would you spend money if the product isn't good. If you aren't prepared, you will not make the best decisions and end up waisting money. Here are some tips to help you make and stick to your budget.

Go for gift cards
An easy way to make sure you get a good deal, is to go in with discounted gift cards. Most retailers offer gift cards, and some great savings on top of that, just for the fact that you got the gift card in the first place! This is free money - discounts in your pocket before you even hit the store is a great way to save.

Black Friday is a multi-sensory, multi-media, multi-everything experience. From the in-store experience to the social media activity preceding the event, to the newsletters and special offers that back up the overall experience, there is a lot to take in and process. The traditionalists love the crushing in-store experience, but with a bit of research, it is easy to find a selection of stores that offer Black Weeks or Black Months instead, which takes a lot of pressure of you, and comes with the added bonus of online buying.

If a brand seems weird, it generally is
Of course, the point of Black Friday is to get a cheap deal, but don't forget that not all brands are of equal quality. It is perfectly possible to buy an item with great-looking specs, but is of poor quality. Of course, not all lesser-known brands are terrible, but your odds of success with a discounted big brand is far greater than if you were to try your luck with a no-name brand. Chances are that if you cannot find much information about the product online, it is better to avoid.

Befriend the Email
Look at the shops where you would be most inclined to go in a regular situation and sign up for their newsletter ahead of time. This way, you get to see their regular prices, so that you know and understand how much of a discount you are actually getting during Black Friday sales. You should also give yourself enough time to get a couple of emails, from which you could do a comparison - 2 to 3 weeks should do the trick.

Get critical about pricing
Just because it has a Black Friday sticker slapped onto it, doesn’t make it a good deal! There have been several scandals involving companies bloating their prices in the period leading up to Black Friday, in order to make the discounts seem more significant. Not only is this unethical, it also violates the trust of people who have come to know and love the brand.

To make sure you get a good and fair deal, set up your accounts so you start getting price alerts on items you need or want well in advance.

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30 comments:

  1. Thanks for the great tips. I will consider these when scoping out the deals.

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  2. so many great deals on black friday

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  3. I’ve been signing up to newsletters for stores that I’m hoping for good Black Friday deals. Looking forward to some shopping!

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  4. I love to shop the Black Friday deals

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  5. Black Friday shopping used to be such a fun event, now I dont go shopping so I am going to have to check out the online sales. I generally stay away from online shopping so will be interesting.

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  6. Thank you for these awesome tips

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  7. I've never known about discounted gift cards

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  8. Thank you for the great tips for Black Friday shopping

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  9. I'm seeing some really great sneak peeks. So many local shops jumping on the black Friday deals. I hope they all do well.

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  10. I bet there won't be as many sales this year as years before

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  11. Thank you I haven't shopped Black Friday yet and these tips are great to get me started

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  12. Great tips - I have found in past years some sales are not actually sales at all. Very much worth knowing the prices before!

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  13. Looking forward to Black Friday and seeing what kind of deals there are out there

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  14. I can never figure out what is a really good deal

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  15. Black Friday has some awesome deals

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  16. I have seen some amazing deals already this week! Online and pick up in store which is good as I'm not wandering malls.

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  17. I've been watching online for the deals. This year on line has been the way to get my shopping done.

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  18. good tips! i am only going to do any shopping online!

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  19. I love to shop the Black Friday deals. I will be doing most of my shopping online this year.

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  20. There's so many things to shop for

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  21. I like the free shipping promotion that some companies offer this time of the year.

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  22. Can’t wait for Black Friday! It’s coming up soon!

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  23. I love getting a great deal

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  24. There are some good deals on Black Friday

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  25. I have been on the search for a particular item in flyers sold out every where, instore and online. Hoping next week on actual black Friday I can find it and finish up my shopping.

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  26. I hope I can find some great deals

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  27. Great ideas! Im looking forward to a little online shopping (all non essential businesses are shut down here so no other option( on Friday for Christmas gifts!

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  28. Thank you for the great information and your suggestion about signing up for email savings.

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