It’s that time of year once again, where you can’t escape the fact that Black Friday is looming. In case you hadn’t heard, Black Friday arrives on Friday (!) the 23rd November this year. In preparation for this year’s sales and big discount events, we’ve put together our Top 5 tips for staying savvy and getting the most out of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
What is Black Friday?
Traditionally, Black Friday falls the day after Thanksgiving in the US and has become regarded as the start of the Christmas shopping season. Often one of the biggest shopping days of the year, it will see retailers slash prices on many items in attempt to attract buyers early on in their bid to get Christmas shopping done, or even started for some customers.
Initially, the term “Black Friday” was coined in the US in the late 1980’s but it wasn’t until 2013 that it became a mainstay in the UK and has become bigger and bigger every year. With figures showing over £1.23bn was spent on Black Friday in 2016!
Now widely recognised as one of, if not the biggest shopping events of the year, you should ensure that you are well prepared for the Black Friday sales.
First, be prepared to get up early or stay up late. Some retailers often start their sales very early in the morning, while others run sales late into the night.
Secondly, you may have noticed that some retailers have already started their Black Friday sales/events. In a bid to be the first and capture some of the sales earlier, retailers are now turning to week long (sometimes longer) events, so keep an eye out for those.
Thirdly, if you’re happy to receive a lot of emails over the coming days, then it’s a good idea to sign up and subscribe to your favourite retailers’ newsletters. Often, you’ll get notified of when deals are about to start and get a sneak peak of what deals are to come across the sale.
Lastly, it’s always good to have a sensible budget in mind. It can be tempting to shop till you drop, as you become overwhelmed with deals from every angle. But at the same time, you need to ensure you stay sensible. Prior to the sales starting, define your budget and stick to it.
2. Have a wishlist
With so many offers and deals to choose from over Black Friday, it can become a little overwhelming by the shear volume of information and deals to choose from.
To help you overcome this headache, we advise compiling a wishlist of items beforehand of things you’d like or would consider purchasing should they appear to have a good deal over the Black Friday period.
This ensures first and foremost you stick to your budget and don’t buy unnecessarily, and second makes sure you don’t get distracted and tempted by other “too good to miss” offers and items you don’t really want or need.
3. Do your homework
Now that you have compiled your wishlist, it’s a good idea to have a look at the prices of the items now before the sales start. This way, you can then gauge if the offer is a good offer or not.
It’s a good idea to note the price of the item and not the saving amount. Often retailers will skew their prices to make product savings look really good, when in actual fact you might only be saving a few pounds, so it isn’t such a good offer after all.
You can use tools such as Price Spy to keep track of prices and look back over time to see how the price has changed. For shopping on Amazon, we recommend using the Camel Camel Camel which you can use to track prices and set up alerts when items drop below your required price.
We will of course be launching our Black Friday sale this Friday the 23rd November, so make sure you visit the website today and have a browse of our extensive range of Garden Sheds and Log Cabins to get an idea of what you want.
4. Avoid the queues and beat the rush
Don’t think that the Black Friday deals are only in store or have limited products available online, that usually isn’t the case anymore. When the Black Friday craze first arrived in the UK, this may have been the case, but nowadays you can often get the best deals online.
So much so, this helps you, the shopper, to avoid the long queues, unnecessary stress and enjoy the comfort of your own home while you shop. Our advice is to check out the Black Friday deals online first, as you’ll often find the best deals there.
If you are going to be shopping online, ensure you have read our first three tips and you’ll be well equipped to bag the best deals – stress free.
5. Don’t forget about Cyber Monday
Black Friday isn’t just a one day event anymore, often it will run for at least 4 days (Fri-Mon), with the Monday being “Cyber Monday”.
It’s always a good idea to check for new deals and offers on Cyber Monday, as retailers make one last attempt to secure those sales before the Black Friday campaign ends. With some retailers adding additional products to the campaign and in some instances dropping prices even further, so it can pay to wait for Cyber Monday to grab those deals too.
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