Save the date! Black Friday, the biggest sales day on the South African calendar, will hit on 23 November 2018. Of course, as experience has taught us, the most important part of shopping for the many specials on offer actually happens during the days leading up to the big event. As someone who has benefited from many deals over the last few years, and after constant requests regarding my shopping secrets, I’ve put together a list of 9 Black Friday tips to snag the best deals.
1. Make a list. Have a Plan.
Black Friday is a pretty hardcore shopping experience and it’s definitely not a day for window shopping. If you don’t have a plan or if you take too long to swoop up a deal, you could get lost in the shuffle. Retailers generally tease some of their bigger deals a few days before the Friday. It’s a good idea to sign up to as many newsletters as possible in the days approaching. This will allow you to be the first in the know when said retailer has a special on a certain product.
It’s also good to plan exactly what you want and just how much you’re willing to pay for it. If you’re looking for a new TV, for example, make a list of model numbers and their current retail price. With all the rushing and fighting to get to the sale first, consumers can become overwhelmed and start making impulsive purchases for things they really don’t need or want. I’ve been a victim of this a number of times too, and I’ve got the unworn T-shirts hanging in my closet to prove it. Don’t get swept up in the hype!
2. Stay Up Until Midnight
Black Friday isn’t for the faint of heart. If you’re looking to score, you’re going to need to make a few sacrifices – like time and sleep. Generally, the best deals happen at midnight or a few hours before the 23 November 2018. Many stores try their best to prepare for the traffic by uploading their deals an hour or so before, just in case something goes wrong. You really want to take advantage of that by getting there first.
Go to bed early. Set your alarm for around 10PM. Wake up. Grab your coffee. And start your shopping before everyone else does. The early bird…
3. Do Some Research. Check The Ads. Double Check The Prices
Find out which stores are participating in Black Friday. Some retailers might only be offering 20% off, while others offer fake deals that aren’t really cheaper. It’s important to do research and find out who is likely to give you the best price for the products you are seeking.
Collect the instore and online ads. Keep them close by. And remember that stock can run out fast on the best deals.
4. Use Gift Vouchers Instead
The last thing you want is to find really great deals and add them to your cart, only to find out that your bank is struggling to cope with the influx of buyers. The secret of shopping on Black Friday is to get in and out as fast as possible. If you’re too slow you might lose a product that you really wanted.
Buying a voucher/gift card is a good way to remedy this. They’re always available, always reliable and sometimes stores even offer discounts on vouchers too.
5. Shop With Others
Don’t go it alone. Shopping with others makes Black Friday so much easier. It’s a stressful time and having someone with you to tell you about the deals they have found or just give you advice on what’s good or bad really helps. Plus, buying together might help you score free shipping when combining your products.
6. Avoid Popular Stores
Don’t spend too much time on the bigger names. First look for smaller stores that are offering great deals. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by what you might find.
Don’t go where everyone is going. It’s overcrowded. You’ll get caught up in bad traffic and possibly become irritable very quickly. While sites may only crash, stores breakout into violent crowd rushes where people get trampled. No deal is worth an injury. Black Friday is meant to be a fun experience. Don’t stress if you miss a deal. There will be many more.
7. Read The Tc and Cs
Read the fine print. Check the delivery time. Check the delivery cost. Make sure you can return items, especially the pricier ones. Be aware of hidden costs.
What are you looking at purchasing this Black Friday?