Here are a few tips to help the savvy shopper prepare for Black Friday!
Do Your ResearchBefore Friday:
If you are hoping toscoop up a deal on Friday on a big-ticket item, go ahead and get your researchout of the way as soon as possible. A bad product is a bad deal no matter howcheap it costs. Being knowledgeable about the products you want to buy willhelp 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 fromprofessionals who have the knowledge to help you make good decisions.
Consider Cyber Monday:
If you just can’tstand the crowds of pushing and shoving for the best deals, try shopping thesteals online. In your PJs. The bestdate for sales is called Cyber Monday (happens the Monday after Black Friday), when all the online stores will beputting up their fabulous sales.
Ask for GiftReceipts:
Gift receiptsgenerally include a description of the item purchased but do not disclose theprice paid. Including gift receipts inside the gift box will make returns orexchanges easier for the gift recipient. Without proof-of-purchase, therecipient may be turned down for returning or exchanging the item or riskreceiving 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 productbeing advertised for less. Most local retailers will not meet Internet priceseven when the product is advertised on the same company’s website, but itcannot hurt to try. Print the Web page that details the product and shows theadvertised price. It may give you additional bargaining power and push thesales person into waiving other charges such as assembly fees.
Stay True to YourList
Write out a list ofpeople 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 getlost in all the great sales. The key to having a good Black Friday experienceis being able to get in and out with what you want in the least amount of time.