Black Friday Shopping Tips
Here are a few tips to help the savvy shopper prepare for Black Friday!
Do Your Research
If you are hoping to
scoop up a deal on Friday on a big-ticket item, go ahead and get your research
out of the way as soon as possible. A bad product is a bad deal no matter how
cheap it costs. Being knowledgeable about the products you want to buy will
help you avoid being sucker-punched with loud advertising for poor products.
About.com is chocked full of buying advice on a wide variety of products from
professionals who have the knowledge to help you make good decisions.
Consider Cyber Monday:
If you just can’t
stand the crowds of pushing and shoving for the best deals, try shopping the
steals online. In your PJs. The best
date for sales is called Cyber Monday (happens the Monday after Black Friday), when all the online stores will be
putting up their fabulous sales.
Ask for Gift
generally include a description of the item purchased but do not disclose the
price paid. Including gift receipts inside the gift box will make returns or
exchanges easier for the gift recipient. Without proof-of-purchase, the
recipient may be turned down for returning or exchanging the item or risk
receiving an exchange for the current selling price of the item.
Bring the Ads:
Many stores offer a "lowest-price"
guarantee; however you may be required to produce a copy of the exact product
being advertised for less. Most local retailers will not meet Internet prices
even when the product is advertised on the same company's website, but it
cannot hurt to try. Print the Web page that details the product and shows the
advertised price. It may give you additional bargaining power and push the
sales person into waiving other charges such as assembly fees.
Stay True to Your
Write out a list of
people to buy for and ideas of what they might like before you hit the stores.
And stay true to that list. It can be so easy to see things you like or get
lost in all the great sales. The key to having a good Black Friday experience
is being able to get in and out with what you want in the least amount of time.