Is Black Friday The Real Deal? How to Prepare for Black Friday 2018
Remember, Remember, Friday 23rd November
Black Friday still feels a relatively newish concept to us Brits! Though, as with all sales, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and overspend. In theory, Black Friday is a positive occasion, if you approach it in the right way. You could end up saving a fortune on Christmas presents and finding a great deal on those all-important items that you’ve been saving up for. Here are just a few tips to help you make the most of the occasion!
First things First
Before all the Black Friday events begin, make a list of all the things you really need to buy – Christmas presents, important things for the house or items that have broken and haven’t been replaced. Decide on a maximum budget and stick to it.
The Pound Sign is in the Detail
Next, it’s all about browsing online or on the high street. Often, actually seeing the item in-store is helpful and easier in terms of making decisions. Online browsing can sometimes be misleading. Read reviews and if you can, head to Which? for an impartial and honest review (your first month is just £1 and you can always cancel after that). Make a note of the price, and keep an eye on them over a few weeks as some stores have been known to bump their prices leading up to the Black Friday sale.
Fastest Fingers First
Black Friday sales starts promptly at midnight as the day turns from Thursday 22nd to Friday 23rd November. Certain deals will have limited stock so if you’re going to take Black Friday seriously, you might want to plan a late night.
Exert Brand Caution
Be cautious around unfamiliar brands. We all recognise Sony but what about Blaupunkt? Just because a TV has HDR on the packaging doesn’t mean the picture is going to be great. Of course, these less known brands should always ring alarm bells but there is a reason you will often see them in a Black Friday sale.
Make Another List
Once you have your wish list, research which retailers are selling the same product so you can try a few different outlets if the internet crashes (or your first choice runs out)!
Don’t forget Cyber Monday!
Some retailers, such as those who specialise in computing, will have further offers on laptops, printers and more. If you didn’t get the product you wanted on Black Friday then keep checking over the weekend and on Monday to see more deals.
Return to Sender
Stores often only offer an exchange or store credit for returned sale items, unless they’re faulty. Make sure you always check to see if the retailer has a returns policy in case you change your mind. These days most shops do, but they’re not required to by law.
Don’t fall into the trap and assume a deal is worth it because it has a big saving. Look at the price, not the discount. Promotions like WAS £500, NOW £350, sometimes exaggerate the discount you’re receiving, when in all honesty, it may not even be that big of a saving
LUCKY SEVEN: TOP BLACK FRIDAY RETAILERS
These days everyone is in on the Black Friday act, including small boutique craft businesses on Etsy. Here are a few of the biggies to watch out for, you can rest assured to find some good deals here:
Now, this is the one everyone will be watching. There are always big reductions here especially off electrical goods such as laptops, TVs, games consoles and tablets.
Anything from tech to toys is getting big reductions with this retailer. Offers are valid both online and in-store, but you can reserve online and collect in-store if you want to avoid delivery charges.
Expect huge discounts on the latest console bundles and top games like FIFA and Forza Horizon. You can sign up to the retailer’s newsletter for more information on their latest deals.
You can always expect reductions on home, fashion, electricals and technology, appliances and computers. And quality is always second-to-none.
Since closing down its online trading department, Tesco will be focusing its offers in-store. So pop to your local superstore for week-long deals on electricals, home and toys.
Often Currys Black Friday sale is a bit of bonanza that can last up to 10 days. So head to their website, or brave the shop for some fantastic deals on everything from 4K Televisions to small and larger kitchen appliances.
No longer just a site for people to flog their old, unwanted belongings. Big retailers now sell their products through eBay with hefty discounts. So keep an eye on the website for deals on just about anything!
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