Black Friday is one day of the year when many people anticipate saving a lot of money. Is it really worth it go out on this shopping day? If you have ever wanted to go shopping on Black Friday, but were scared to because of what you have heard, these Black Friday shopping tips, should help you out.
Black Friday Shopping Tips: Black Friday Myths Busted!
“I will have to brave very large crowds”. This isn’t always true. In fact, I have found that even though some deals may be gone, but early afternoon, many of the crowds have disappeared and there are still deals to be had. You can also find great deals at smaller, more local stores that often do not have the huge lines and large crowds on this big shopping day.
“I have to stand in line if I want door-busters”. Did you know that many stores now offer the very same door busters they do in store online as well? These door busters are only available for the same times as in-store; however, you won’t have to brave the crowds to get them and there is often a much larger stock available. Just make sure to ask before the big day comes if they offer the same online.
“I better hurry! This is the best price I will see all year on this stuff!” Actually, this is not true for many things and it’s just want the industry wants you to believe. While Black Friday is full of many sales and great prices, these same prices or even better ones can be found throughout the year as sales cycles happen. If you didn't get it now, you can bet you will find it again when the rush is not there at some point again in the year.
“Black Friday offers better deals than Cyber Monday”. This is sometimes true but often not. Don’t think of it as an either/or scenario. You can do both shopping days and smart shoppers know that they can find the best deals by doing so.
“ I can always get my money back if I bought too much”. This one is a big mistake to make. Since too many people were returning over-bought items and because of the scamming that often goes on during the holidays, many stores have made their return policies different just for the holidays. This means that you may not get cash back on purchases and may be stuck with just store credit, even if you have the receipt.
“Stores won’t price match.” This is a big misconception about Black Friday. Many retailers will not only price match with local stores but even do some price matching with the big online retailers such as Amazon. Also, pay attention to the day of the sale as many retailers will adjust their ads to meet or beat what these other stores are doing.
Do you do Black Friday shopping every year? Is this your first time? How has your experiences been in year's past? I would love to hear it in the comments!