Avoid Black Friday Rip Offs With Expert Dos and Don’ts

When you start seeing a frenzied group of shoppers waiting for a store to open before scrambling for a discounted TV, you know that Black Friday has arrived.

Comparing savings between online and in store retailers, going for quality purchases over quantity and not acting impulsively are some of the handy tips that will help shoppers get the best Black Friday deals.

Nobody wants to get ripped off on Black Friday, so the retail experts at Promotionalcodes.org.uk have got some solid dos and don’ts for the day. The penny pinching experts have compiled a list of the best dos and don’ts for shopping on Black Friday, so that consumers can make sure they’re able to get the best bang for their buck.

Among the list of tips customers should remember are to utilise Black Friday apps, to check social media for the latest deals and to wait until Cyber Monday for further discounts. There’s useful advice for what to avoid when the sales begin, including buying for the sake of it, getting caught up in frenzied in-store shopping and purchasing on your debit card.

Darren Williams, of Promotionalcodes.org.uk, said: “Black Friday represents a fantastic last chance to grab yourself a bargain before the boxing day and January sales, but it’s important to have some guidelines in place to a make sure that you get the best possible deal.

“If you shop around and do your research then you’ll eventually find yourself some top deals, but it’s also important to be wary about what you buy and to avoid making any rash purchases that you may end up regretting.

“Remember that it’s just a bit of shopping, so regardless of whether you’ll be spending money online or heading down to the stores for when they open, make sure you have fun.” 

Here are the top dos and don’ts to remember for your Black Friday shopping.

DO

1. Do use voucher sites

Despite most of the deals being with the retailers themselves there’s still a great number of bargains to be found on voucher sites. Do your research beforehand, and you could find yourself getting a discount on any already reduced Black Friday item.

2. Do use apps

There are plenty of free apps to download that contain all your important Black Friday information, including comparisons of different deals and live feeds of new deals and price decreases on the day.

3. Do wait for cyber Monday

If visiting the shops is out of the question then you might want to wait until Cyber Monday to grab your bargains, as many online stores wait until this day to further slash their prices.

4. Compare online and instore

It pays (or in this case saves) to do your research, so before the day arrives make sure you thoroughly check online and instore deals to see which brings up the best sales. It may take some time, but the savings will make it worth your while.

5. Do go for quality over quantity

If you go for the ‘smash and grab’ approach you’ll end up leaving with a load of regrettable purchases that you don’t need. It’s better to leave with one major product you need rather than several smaller ones that you don’t.

6. Do check social media

Before you out head out the door, have a quick scroll through your favourite store’s Twitter feed, as they may update it with exclusive deals only available on social media. If you’re getting deals from supermarkets, follow your local store’s online channels for updates on how busy the store is and how much stock is left.

7. Do make a list and stick to it

Make a list of everything you want to buy and stick to it as rigorously as possible. Going into Black Friday without an idea of what you want means you’re more likely to dither over a purchase and loose out to another customer. A list can also prevent overspending on products you don’t need.

8. Do start early

Some websites have been known in recent years to launch their Black Friday sales up to a week before the big day, so keep an eye out online to see which sites are jumping the gun.

9. Do have fun

At the end of the day, it’s just shopping, and shopping shouldn’t have to feel like a chore. Try not to treat it as every man for himself, and remember that if you didn’t manage to grab that flatscreen TV you wanted, that there’ll be plenty more sales to come.

DON’T

1. Don’t assume a good deal is a great deal

If you spot a deal that looks too good to be true, it most likely is. You can easily get caught up in seeing your favourite items being reduced, but you may find that the discount isn’t as great as you think. If so give it a miss.

2. Don’t buy for the sake of it

Always ask yourself before making a purchase if it’s an item you truly need, and if it feels like something you can live without then it might be wise to put it back on the shelf. Remember that if you don’t get something you want you can always wait until the January sales.

3. Don’t act impulsively

The more impulsively you spend the more likely you are to buy something you don’t need. Try to think rationally when shopping, otherwise you’ll end up seriously overspending.

4. Don’t get caught up in the frenzy

If you’re buying from the high street it can be easy to get caught up in the frenzied nature of Black Friday. Remember that it’s only a bit of shopping, so try to avoid barging, pushing or arguing with other customers about who saw it first.

5. Don’t rely on it for your Christmas presents

You’ll find a good bargain or two but that doesn’t mean you must use it as your main opportunity to get Christmas shopping sorted.

6. Don’t spend on a debit card

You’ll be better protected online if you pay via a credit card or PayPal, so consider one of these options to be absolutely sure that your money is safe.

7. Don’t go

The best way to avoid the stresses and panic of fighting it out for the best bargains is to not go altogether. If you keep a look out, there’s plenty of great deals year-round, so if you want to avoid the all the Black Friday fuss then stay in and put up your feet.

Amy Smith

With a degree in English Literature from the University of Cambridge, Amy is a freelance writer and columnist. At YCB Magazine, she writes about all things lifestyle, travel & wellness.

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