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September 2014

Black Friday Shopping Tips

Here are a few tips to help the savvy shopper prepare for Black Friday


Do Your Research Before Friday:

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 Receipts:

Gift receipts 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 List

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.