Next-level tips to hack Black Friday Shopping in 2019!

It’s that time of year again and we are all gearing up for the 2019 Black Friday rush! The excitement has already started to build up, and retailers are putting out teasers on what we can expect this year. Generally, there are the standard Black Friday tips, like wear comfortable shoes, don’t use a bulky trolley and make sure that you are awake and in line early. This article offers next-level advice for the more experienced shoppers and hopefully some useful bits that you haven’t heard before. So, shop your heart out!

#001 – Online Shopping

There are many perks to online shopping that people exploit on Black Friday, so why shouldn’t you? The solution to long queues, excessive driving, and sore feet, is to shop online in the comfort of your own home and visit multiple online stores at the same time.

In South Africa, we have a few major online retailers that are the go-to sites – Takealot, Amazon and Superbalist are among the popular ones. Here are a few tricks that may help you get a head start on the Black Friday race:

• Sign up to online store newsletters as they have the top specials, and usually come out a week before the 29th, so you know what to expect.
• If the items in your Takealot cart don’t add up to the qualifying amount for free shipping, then consider the collection option. This will keep additional costs down to a minimum.
• Try to stick to reputable retailers to avoid scams or delayed delivery.
• Use your browser in private mode to keep your information safe.

#002 – T’s & C’s Apply

With every purchase, there are T’s and C’s that protect consumers and retailers. These documents are made available a few days beforehand to ensure that you are familiar with return policies, warrantees, guarantees, etc. So, get them online or request them from stores and have a look through the terms to ensure that you are happy before making any purchases.

Also, there are often hidden costs regarding lay-by purchases or contracts so read the fine print and get the salesperson to explain the details to you if they are not clear.

#003 – Clothes, Shoes, and Accessories

The fashion industry does not participate in Black Friday to the extent that FMCG and electronic retailers do. As a result, we end up buying clothes and shoes at a much higher price, than if we bought them during a regular sale.

The trick is not to settle for anything less than 40% off. This way, you don’t end up overspending on items that don’t actually carry the weight of a Black Friday discount. Otherwise, wait till the peak sale periods in August, September, and January where you will get much better deals on clothes, shoes, and accessories.

#004 – Maximise Your Budget

At the moment, retailers aren’t giving away too much information on what they will be offering on Black Friday, so it is a little difficult to do an exact budget. However, there are little things you can do to make sure that your wallet isn’t empty before you get everything you planned to buy.

• Try to save as much money as you can during the month of November. This will give you more money to spend on Black Friday and this reduces the chance of you having to eat 2-minute-noodles for the rest of December!

• Another trick is to do price checks before you get to the store so you can allocate an estimated amount to each of the large ticket items. This way, you can get all the items that are at the top of your list without having to leave anything behind.

#005 – Cyber Monday

Just before you spend all your money on Black Friday, keep in mind that there is another sale around the corner – Cyber Monday. This is for all you techies out there!

You can shop for anything tech-related, from LTE internet packages to cameras and laptops. So, if you don’t find what you are looking for on Black Friday, just wait a few days, and you might just find what you are looking for on Cyber Monday.

#006 – Brick and Mortar

Everyone knows that when you walk into a store on Black Friday, there is chaos! Sometimes it is hard to think with all the people and their trollies gnawing at your ankles. This is the reason that you need to go into a store with a clear head and a solid plan:

• Know what you have gone into the store to buy and keep the advert with you. Whether this is a screenshot of something you saw online or a leaflet that you can use this to show the sales staff, in case you cannot find it on the floor.
• Have a backup plan in case your item is sold out.
• Never use a trolley. Rather carry a few shopping bags so you can maneuver around the store more easily.

Hopefully, after reading these tips, you are better equipped for the upcoming sales and have a great time spoiling yourself and loved ones.

Also, keep your eyes peeled for Blue Security Black Friday specials… Coming soon!

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