Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year. Fares are cheap and people start as early as 5am. This year, there are bound to be some good deals on gadgets and electronics. Plan ahead and create a winning technique and you could save several hundred dollars on your holiday shopping.
Here are 6 ideas for a successful Black Friday:
1. Show up soon! Seriously, many stores with big sales will sell out quickly. The whole function of having super affordable stuff is having lots of people on your doorstep. Then when they market a particular product, the plan is for you to buy a more expensive product. Let me discuss this again... Get them early, but come on, there's no need to camp in front of CompUSA with your uncle's musty outdoor tents.
2. Track the prices of things that aren't discounted. Many times these will be overpriced to compensate for the advertised super cheap items. If the store you frequent doesn't have a sale, be careful not to overspend on a similar product.
3. Beware of cheap brands. Sure, you can find a DVD recorder for $60, but it's made in a country you've never heard of and will likely break before you've finished recording the "Saved" marathon. by the Bell".A few years ago, I was stocking up on cheap DVD players and they last about 3 months.
4. Make a list of the people you're looking for. If you're like many others, you're not just aiming to make a lot of money for yourself, but you're certainly buying for others as well. Invest time before the special date to make a checklist of people you will definitely buy from. Next to their name, include a budget plan as well as gift suggestions. Be sure to keep this list handy as you walk through the stores.
5. Make a list of some of the products you MUST have in your ad. Most Black Friday ads appear on Thanksgiving Day. As you peruse the newspaper, circle the items you think will sell and pick them up early in the morning. You don't mean to exist for your 8-year-old son on Christmas morning and tell him that Santa is out of the Gameboys... he'll understand.
6. Don't miss out on DVDs and CDs for great gifts. Stores like Wal-Mart have to have a couple of super-cheap new-out boxes. Everyone loves movies and songs, so take advantage of this inexpensive gift option and grab as much as you can for the holidays. Trust me, no one wants an extra red turtleneck for Christmas!