Black Friday shopping rage: Do’s and Don’ts

2018-11-29 06:01

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BLACK Friday began in the US after the Thanksgiving public holiday break, and it is also commonly known as the first day of the Christmas shopping season.

The name Black Friday stems from the fact that, for retailers, this is the one day of the year where they make the most profit — in accounting records, losses are marked in red ink while profits are marked in black. It is now an international shopping day where consumers are offered the best deals.

We put together some Do’s and Dont’s for this Black Friday.

DO

• Get to stores as early as possible.

• Look out for Black Friday deals prior to the day, do some research on preferred stores.

• Make a check-list of the stores you would like to visit.

• Check online for coupons and vouchers.

• Make sure you check the return policy before the purchase.

• Stick to good honest savings on products you want to buy — quality is better than quantity.

• Before you head out the door make sure to scroll through social media for tip-offs on deals that you would be interested in.

• Queues will be longer than usual and more rushed, so carry cash to save time.

• Be consumer-wise and know your rights as a consumer.

DON’T

• Don’t wear uncomfortable shoes, there is a high possibility that you may spend lots of time in queues waiting to pay for items, make sure you’re comfortable.

• Do not be fooled into opening an account for the sake of Black Friday.

• If you can’t get your dream item for the price you want, don’t settle. Wait until January sales or summer discounts.

• Don’t rely on the sales for your Christmas presents as this won’t be the only opportunity you will get.

• If you spot a deal that looks too good to be true, it most likely is.

• The price tag might make it seem like an amazing bargain, but do you really need it?

• Try not to tackle your entire Christmas shopping list in one day.

• Don’t shop in a group, there is no time for chit-chat at Black Friday sales, especially during all the commotion, well, that is unless you bring a friend along who will push the shopping cart and influence you to grab the best deals on time.

• Don’t bring your husband or he will probably talk you out of buying things.

• Try to be nice! There have been a few Black Friday instances where people camped outside stores until they opened and, if shoppers didn’t get what they wanted, fights were known to break out.

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