Top tips for Black Friday shopping
With discounts, sales and deals popping up everywhere in the lead up to Black Friday it can be hard to know which offers to trust and which to choose.
It's definitely beneficial to do your research before committing to buying anything, but do you really know what you're looking out for?
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HotUKDeals is a deals sharing site where members share offer codes and deals found around the internet.
Here the HotUKDeals users have put together a list of their top tips for Black Friday shopping.
Research is key
It can be tempting to splash out on heavily discounted items on the spur of the moment because it seems like a great deal, but be careful because it may not be as good as it appears. Check reviews before purchasing, retailers may put low quality items on offer because they want to clear stock. Always research items before the day and make sure you know what their original retail price was too: sometimes shops will bump up their prices in the weeks leading up to Black Friday to make their discounts look more impressive.
Get in quickly
Be aware that some stores will start their deals at the beginning of the week leading up to Black Friday. This could mean that the deal you've been waiting for will already be sold out if you wait until the end of the week. Keep an eye on the shop's social media pages for updates on the release of sales and also sign up to an email alerts that are on offer.
Hidden costs can catch you out
While the prices might be falling, it's always worth keeping an eye on the extra costs you could be facing. The delivery costs might not be revealed until you get to the checkout and can be quite pricey for big ticket items. Similarly if you're hoping to give a sale item as a Christmas present, make sure you check when it's likely to be delivered in case it won't arrive in time.
Deal sharing communities such as HotUKDeals are worth keeping an eye on during Black Friday week. You might be in luck and find extra discounts and deals posted online that could entitle you to more savings or extras such as free shipping.
If you're shopping online always use a credit card or pay through PayPal to ensure maximum protection. Days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday can be rife with online crime including scams and fraud so it's worth taking extra precautions to protect yourself and your bank balance.
Be a VIP
Some outlets will have email sign ups available for those who want first-hand news on Black Friday deals. It's worth signing up for these because it can give you handy forewarning for reductions on the items on your list.
Do you have any personal tips for getting your hands on the best offers out there on Black Friday? Let us know in the comments below!