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Tips to bargain on Black Friday shopping

Posted on: 24th Nov, 2009 02:34 am
Black Friday or the beginning of the traditional Christmas shopping season is knocking at the door. It's the Friday after Thanksgiving and is considered as the busiest shopping day of the year. You must be planning to shop a lot of things on Black Friday as most of the shops and malls would be offering different types of discounts. Here are some tips which can help you shop smartly on this Black Friday:

Research before you hit the malls:
Before going to the malls this Friday, do a bit of research on the type of products you want to buy. You would get the reviews of the product online which will help you in deciding whether or not to buy that product. After all, a bad product is a bad deal, isn't it?

"Early Bird Shopper" Discounts: Most of the stores would offer the "Early Bird Shopper" discounts. Be a smart buyer by taking advantage of this discount. Most of the stores would offer this discount from 5 a.m. until 11 a.m. There would be limited goods during this time and if the stores run out of the products, you are out of luck. So, reach the stores as early as possible if you want to get this discount.

Carry the Ads: You'll find shops offering the low price guarantee. While you visit the shopping malls, carry those ads, if possible. You can print the web page where the ad has been published alone with the low price. This will help you to bargain in a better way and for lower prices with the sales person.

Do share your tips to bargain on Black Friday shopping. Happy shopping :)
Nice tips are few from my end:

Store Policies:
Every store or mall will have its own policies. If you know them, it would be easier for you to decide where to shop from. Most of the stores have done away with "return days" during the holidays. Also, the stores have come up with stricter policies regarding receipts for returns and exchanges. They are also maintaining a database of individuals who are inclined to abuse return policies. If you're on their "abuse" list, you may get turned down.

Save money by checking out the ads:
Check out your local Thanksgiving Day newspaper. You'll find ads, circulars and coupons which can help you save money this Black Friday. The ads would also mention if any of the shops are giving special discounts for a specific time. For example some shops may offer an extra 25% discount if you visit them before 11 a.m.
Posted on: 24th Nov, 2009 03:06 am
Well, the Black Friday shopping is indeed exciting! What you can do is, make a list of the items you'd like to buy and arrive early at the stores where they're available. That's because some of the stores offer vouchers only in advance; this can get you the hottest deals. There are stores which sell items at discount prices a day in advance. So, you can take advantage of that as well. Prior to approaching the stores, just get the details on the internet. It'll help you to reach the right place for the best deal.

The best products to buy on Black Friday may be electronics like laptops and low-end televisions. You may even get iPods at really affordable prices.

Hope you enjoy shopping on Black Friday!
Posted on: 24th Nov, 2009 04:51 am
These are two tips from my end:

Go for free shipping - If you're ordering online, you'll find that a large number of retailers have agreed to a free shipping day. While purchasing, check out when your retailer is offering the free shipping day and order accordingly. Collect the coupons and apply for it!

Go for a legit deal - There are some deals which are "too good to be true". If you find an offer which is too cheap, do a little fraud check on the vendor. Check out for certification seals from VeriSign, IQNet or TRUSTe. When you click on the logo, you would directly land on their website which would confirm that the vendor is legitimate in using it on his website. Also, if your vendor does not accept credit card payments, but demands wire transfers, then that could be warning for you. Wire transfers can't be disputed later on. Avoid such vendors when you visit the stores.
Posted on: 26th Nov, 2009 01:59 am
Hi everyone,

There are some of the Black Friday deals which aren't really great deals. So, check out for better prices online. You can check out websites like PriceGrabber and to compare prices and get the best deal.

The cheap deals designed to attract more people, known as Doorbusters, are also available online. You'll find retailers who say that they won't be selling doorbusters online. However, that's not always true and you can definitely take a chance. Some of them would offer doorbursters sale online quite late on Black Friday.

Posted on: 26th Nov, 2009 06:39 pm
Hello All,

Very excited for the Black Friday shopping, isn't it? Before you plan to go for Black Friday shopping, contact the popular stores and verify the shopping hours. Here is a list of popular stores and their shopping hours:
    Sale Starts at 4:00 AM

  • Cabela's
    Sale Starts at Midnight

  • Bealls
    Sale Starts at 4:00 AM - Ends at 1:00 PM

  • BestBuy
    Sale Starts at 5:00 AM

  • Babies R Us
    Sale Starts at 5:00 AM - Ends at 1:00 PM
However, store hours as well as the promotions can vary from location to location. Promotions may end or change without prior notice. So, log on to the website of the stores and check out the exact details.

Posted on: 26th Nov, 2009 07:01 pm
Hi everyone,

This Black Friday, be an early bird to catch the worm as many of the biggest retailers plan early-morning openings and special deals to make the day memorable for shoppers. Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Target, Sears and many of the major retailers are all set to kick off the sales early since they expect record-breaking sales this year. Below are some of the best deals that will be on offer from the wee hours, this Black Friday:

  • Best Buy stores are going to open at 5 a.m. to catch early shoppers, who will get to buy an Xbox 360 Elite 120-gigabyte gaming system for just $299. They will also get a set of 6 games absolutely free. Best buy has also launched its annual VIP contest, where you stand a chance to win a $1,000 Best Buy gift card, limo rides to and from store locations, etc.

  • Target is also offering a quite a number of good deals. Among them are a 32-inch Westinghouse LCD television for $246. Sears, too, is offering a including 42-inch LCD TVs for $649.

  • Old Navy is offering a free Lego Rock Band video game on purchase of apparel worth $20.

  • Toys R Us is planning to offer Sony PRS-300 E-reader Pocket Edition Black at $199. A $15 Sony Connect Card will also be included in it.

  • Sports Authority will offer iHome iPod docking station for something between $18.74 and $52.49, helping buyers save up to almost 25%.

  • At Macy's, early shoppers will get an extra 20% off on cashmere, misses and petite sweaters on the special occasion of Black Friday.

So, there are abundant of best deals on offer to be taken advantage of this Friday. Set your alarm clock so you rise early enough to get yourself the best of the deals. The year has been really tough. But let's not allow that to spoil the spirit of this special occasion.

Happy shopping!!! :wink:
Posted on: 26th Nov, 2009 11:37 pm
now that it's (thankfully) over, can we reminisce on just how much black friday means to us? my wife, sister in law and others were out the door at 4 am friday morning to go shopping. this, of course, with money that could be well spent on copious needs and necessities; but instead was spent on trinkets and toys and feel-good things.

just because somebody can make a 52 inch widescreen plasma hdtv doesn't mean that everyone in america needs it.

i continued my thanksgiving by giving thanks that they didn't wake me up in their folly on friday morning, but went merrily along and let me deal with a non-black friday of my own.

and here in connecticut, they were calling out the cops at midnight at one of our local purveyors of consumer goods...due to unruly crowds.
Posted on: 02nd Dec, 2009 01:46 pm
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