Online retailer Superbalist offers these top tips for winning at the Black Friday sales.
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 hasn’t reached its cap. Get into bed early and set a few alarms. By the time the rest of the world wakes up, you will 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 items for Black Friday but the goods will already be there. Go online, create your wishlist in advance, and 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. From early November, retailers will start to release their Black Friday weekend specials. Start your planning as early as possible and draw up a plan of action.
Tip 4: Have a plan of action on Black Friday
Some of your purchases may be in the real world and some in cyberspace. Start with cyberspace early, then head off to the physical shops once you’ve done the calm and peaceful online shopping. Chances are, once you’ve been involved in a three-person scrum over the last Christmas roast in the supermarket, you may only be capable of heading home and lying down.
Tip 5: Make sure your details are up to date
If you’re shopping online, you don’t want to be messing around updating details while everyone else is checking out what should have been your goods… It’s worth logging onto the sites you love before Black Friday and checking that your details are 100% accurate.
Tip 6: Get the app
Download the app for your favourite online retailers early. This will allow you to browse much faster, and they’ll send you push notifications of big discounts to look out for.
Tip 7: 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’s worth checking terms and conditions in advance to make sure that any purchases made “in the moment” can be returned.
Tip 8: 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 still need a bit for this