Facing the queues on Black Friday can seem quite intimidating, so you might be thinking about sticking to Black Friday online sales.
According to Klyne Maharaj, Head of Brand at Superbalist.com, the beauty of taking advantage of sales online is that instead of being out there in person, you can shop discreetly.
“Unlike mall shopping, buying online means you won’t have to squish through a doorway with hundreds of other shoppers trying to get what you want. You can go a little crazy when you bag a bargain, but this can be done in the privacy of your home. Your dignity will stay well in tact!”
Here are his 7 tips for getting the best Black Friday online deals:
Tip 1: If you are shopping online, set your clock for midnight on Thursday 23 November
Most sales start as the clock strikes 12 so make sure you have data and your Wi-Fi isn’t past its cap. Get into bed early and set a few alarms.
By the time the rest of the world wakes up you can have done your shopping and be catching some restful winks before heading to work.
Tip 2: Create a wishlist so you can checkout ASAP on the day
The prices may change on goods for Black Friday but the goods will already be there. Go online, create your wishlist in advance and then when the sale starts, quickly go to your list, see which items are marked down enough and press ‘checkout’ to beat your shopping competitors to the bargain.
Tip 3: Do your homework
Get your hands on as many newsletters and flyers as you can. Like the Facebook pages and Twitter feeds of all your beloved retailers and monitor their bargains closely.
Start your plotting and planning as early as possible and draw up a plan of action.
Tip 4: Make sure your details are up-to-date
If you are shopping online, you won’t want to be messing around updating details as everyone around you is checking out what should have been your goods.
It is worth logging into the sites you love before Black Friday and checking your details are 100% accurate.
Tip 5: Get the app
Download the app for your favourite online retailers early. This will allow you to browse much faster and they’ll also send you push notifications of the big discounts to look out for.
Tip 6: Check in advance if you can return your purchases
Most outlets, both online and physical, will accept returns for Black Friday purchases but this is not a guarantee. It is worth checking terms and conditions in advance to make sure that any purchases made ‘in the moment’ can be returned.
Tip 7: Set a budget
Decide ahead of time what you plan to spend on the Black Friday sales and stick to it. You could quickly find yourself shopping for Christmas 2018, 19 and 20 if you are not careful. Be responsible and remember that the expensive festive season is coming up so you’ll need a bit left over for this!