You, me, and everyone in the modern world are watching with fascination as cyberspace encroaches on all space. Life is swiftly transforming, even as you read this article. One such way is in the sphere of shopping, as we are living through a true retail revolution.
Look out your windows. All-day long, in every town, delivery trucks stop and start in front of houses and buildings. Cartons of every size, filled with purchases of all types, clutter the entrances of the most humble and the fanciest of homes and buildings. Online sales are increasing and real stores are getting quieter.
With such changes, it makes sense that Black Friday is no longer relegated to masses of frantic shoppers stampeding for the best of the best deals in stores across the country; it’s become about great, week-long, online buying opportunity as well.
Whether you choose to take advantage of this selling season in the flesh or from your screen, here are some tips to help navigate Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday Wish Lists
While we all wish we could buy whatever we wanted whenever we wanted, it usually isn’t that way for most of us. You can, however, get closer to your materialistic dreams by creating a list that itemizes all the things you’d love to purchase one day. After doing so, put stars next to the things that would improve your life if you were to have them asap. Ask yourself which are luxuries and which are necessities. Next, draft a similar document for gifts for your loved ones. Lastly, take a realistic look at your budget and select just a few of those items to hunt down this season.
After you’ve pinpointed the products that make the most sense to purchase at this time, start gathering information.
Researching Before Purchasing
Check out the pricing of your desired item(s) from a variety of establishments – even those you don’t normally frequent. Gathering this data will enable you to compare deals and use the information for price matching with store managers. Some retailers get tricky by actually marking up their prices before the holidays just so they can “reduce” prices during the holidays. Tracking the prices before Black Friday will be helpful especially in those cases.
Where and When to Spend Black Friday
Decide if you want to shop in person or online. Once you’ve made the decision where to do your “chopping” (as my husband calls it), schedule a time to take advantage of savings.
Don’t Jump with Pop-Ups
If suddenly, there’s a coupon flashing on your screen or you encounter promises of 75% off written in bold on huge red tags hanging from the computer of your dreams, it’s still best to hold your impulses in check. Compare pricing before buying. You have some time. Black Friday is no longer just one day long. Major online retailers like Amazon, Best Buy and NewEgg actually offer fantastic discounts all Thanksgiving week.
Price Comparison Apps
One of the great perks of living in a world where tech is so fast-paced is that there are now plenty of great shopping apps available for both Android and Apple. These apps will help you compare prices. The ScanLife app is a universal, multi-functional QR Code and barcode reader that enables you to save money and cash in on rewards.
BlackFriday.com is another great resource. It lists sales, info about the latest products, and the hours of operation on Black Friday at popular stores.
Warranty Coverage For Your Valuables
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Who We Are
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