It’s officially our favorite time of the year, well for most of us anyways. Though winter’s cold plays a part in it, but it’s the actual shopping festivities that draw our attention the most. Being one of the most overwhelming days to shop in the entire calendar year, you’ll be seeing crowded shops, jam packed stalls to offers and promotions from store, who are themselves looking to oust each other in market price competition.
But as is the case every year, the real deal in this is how to track what’s going on, when and where the deals are going to come up, so you are all geared up to snatch them before stocks run out on you. Now it’s no hidden secret that you get the thing first, if you get their first. But, if you’re all lazy and last minute bloomers like me, you better have some tricks up your sleeve to snatch the best deals out there. Thankfully enough for us, me included, I have just the right checklist to go about this.
Know the viability of the products you shopped for on Black Friday 2016:
Black Friday is a great event no doubt, but won’t the stores also be displaying the not so desired products under incredibly low rates as well?
While the numbers will seem heavenly to all, a bad product will stay a bad one, even if it is priced half its usual price.
If you come across some impressive deals, go open another tab to search out the product before hitting the “Add to Cart” tab, no matter how tantalizing it might be. Without any research, you’ll just end up with a hefty cart to checkout, which usually ends you up in giving everything away in confusion.
Compare prices for your desired product:
OK, so your selected products passed the reviews. Seems legit, but is it in the cheapest rate you could find?
A great way to do that is visit any online price comparison sites. More often than not, you’ll find your selected product listed on another shopping portal at a lower price tag, or perhaps with added perks.
Hit the deals as early as possible
Just like Kickstarter campaigns, the early birds and bidders used to be the most rewarded during Black Friday sales. But the stores have since come a long way from that, introducing door buster sales, promotions during specific hours of the day or mall gift offers on specific amount of spending.
Pick out some favorite stores:
Now before you hop on the Black Friday sales train, it is best practice to have at least a few of your favorite stores in mind. Make up a list of top stores and narrow it down to the ones which you visit mostly for shopping.
That will narrow down the search and save you considerable time in your “Quest for Stuff”.
Get in front of the queue with Online Shopping:
Alright so you decide to get up early in the morning, skip your breakfast, coffee to get in queue at your favorite store, looking to be among the very first people to raid the stalls, and yet you find yourself stuck behind an ever growing queue of shoppers.
What most of don’t really care to venture into days like this is that most of the stores post online shopping discounts on their web portal.
Try to book some deals online even when they come up for grabs at the physical locations. The price tags are almost as good and comparable, plus you are guaranteed to get your product no matter what.
Be one step ahead of the vendors
I am sure a lot of people have had to face the dilemma of vendors completely shutting you down from your much deserved discounts, even if you saw the discount ad online or TV. Most of the vendors are pretty good at outright denying those offer when you actually visit the store to get them.
Always be doubly sure of what the offer states, and the policy your concerned store follows. It’s always a good idea to get in hand a print of that ad, stating the discount so you have the leverage, rather than having to waste precious time in arguing with the salesmen.
Don’t run in blind, know the facts
The sales in Black Friday are huge, and probably the best you’ll be getting all year. Still, running in blind isn’t a good idea. Check in on the warranty claims, return policies and other associated charges with the product.
Ask the seller about all the details you can think of before taking the deal. Confirm the discount or additional perks associated with purchase, and if you have what you came looking for, dive right in.
Excess of everything is bad, and the barrage of online promotions, sale events and hypnotic advertising methods from sellers leave bargain hunter like us overwhelmed and out of sorts. To fight through all this competition, a zombie horde like crowd waiting outside marts, you need to have a full blown plan to grab the best deals and products from the lot, and having some research put into it beforehand is only going to make things easier.
Last but not least, join our mailing list at www.shoppingspout.us as well as visit us throughout the day. Not only we will have the best and latest deals as they come up sometimes even by hour but we will be offering a live chat service plus live Facebook help to let you know where and what you can find for best deals.