Deal shoppers use the search term Black Friday more times than Sale. This is because the general belief is that there are better deals and reductions for this event. Recent events have seen a phenomenal rise in online shopping worldwide and South Africa is no exception. This is great, especially if you want to avoid the instore Black Friday chaos and do your shopping online from the comfort of your couch. Here are 8 tips we believe will make your shopping a breeze this Black Friday.
Speed is key when it comes to Black Friday online shopping, make sure you have a great Wi-Fi connection and have topped up on data. If your network gives you problems, try looking for an alternative connection before Black Friday – always do a test
You need to keep your eyes on the clock if you want to get ensure you secure the best deals. Most online stores have countdowns and commence their Black Friday sale at one minute past midnight. Set your alarm clock or have some friends around for dinner or binge watch a series. You might even want to play some games, anything to keep busy until midnight whilst you wait for the clock to strike 00:01.
Start doing your research now, sign up for newsletters from different retailers. Follow the stores on social media that you’re planning to buy from in advance. Go to your favorite stores and create wish lists - that way you can add them to your basket quickly. Maybe even narrow your store list to one or two, visit their sites every day until Black Friday to see any additions. Be aware of prices so you know a good deal when you see one. Download an App that allows you to do a price comparisons between different retailers.
Ensure your cards are still valid, and create online profiles for those stores so that your delivery details are already captured. Most online shops require you to have a profile before checking out. Create this profile before Black Friday to save you time when checking out. Add items to your wish list, those very same items may be on the Black Friday price cut list.
Before shopping this Black Friday make sure you know and understand the return policies of the different stores. This will help in regards sizing, colours and fit or even if you wish to rethink your online purchase. Online shopping takes time to deliver so always keep that in mind and it may take even longer as stores will have an access of orders during this time.
This will help in understanding the ins and outs of the website and will increase your shopping speed. Also, close all the documents and windows down whilst shopping, you don’t want to be streaming music or a video, the less you have open, the faster your cell or computer will process actions.
Safe check any website before purchasing, safe sites have an address that starts with “https” and will show a little padlock icon next to it, the ‘s’ stands for secure site. The site would also indicate their payment security policy, check this out ahead of time. Be very aware of online scams and fake websites, only shop from those you are familiar with and that have been around for a while. A lot of online scammers target Black Friday because they know people are searching for deals. Great deals should only be purchased from reputable retailers.
Most banks don’t set limits for online shopping so its advisable that you set these or keep a tally as you do your purchases. Stay in your lane and set yourself a limit for your Black Friday online shopping. Don’t let the hype get you into debt that you will have to spend months if not years paying back.
Follow these simple tips this Black Friday. Keep your eyes on our website and social media platforms for all the Black Friday promotions. And if you do decide to go to the shops, be prepared for some extra deals not advertised online.
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