BBB Alert: The Better Business Bureau offers tips on how to shop for Black Friday deals
Posted Tue, Nov 22, 2022 at 3:04pm
The following is from the Better Business Bureau:
Black Friday, traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year, has moved up a bit this year, with many stores already advertising Black Friday prices. Similar to last year, instead of setting alerts for discounted items for the brave crowd, dedicated shoppers are looking for deals online if they haven’t done their holiday shopping yet.
Changes such as shipping delays, hiring challenges and a shortage of microchips are affecting the way people shop. Retail experts predict higher-than-normal crowds in stores and a higher percentage of spending on gifts, decorations and other holiday-related items.
If you decide to shop in person on Black Friday, the Better Business Bureau has the following tips to make your shopping experience productive (even enjoyable):
• be careful. Follow CDC guidelines to ensure you stay healthy and safe in-store.
• Take advantage of Black Friday deals. Start with the item list and use sales flyers and promotions to determine which store has the best price. Set a budget and stick to it before you go.
• Read the fine print. Some retailers may offer additional discounts, but may exclude certain deals or items, such as “doorbusters.” Beware of companies boasting high discounts; the item may be “75% off,” but the original price may be inflated.
• Double check price tags, terms and conditions. Use a secure WiFi connection to research online to see if competitors are offering that item for a better price.
• Plan a trip. Sometimes there’s no need to wait to see what Black Friday deals are going to be. Retailers typically release Black Friday flyers weeks in advance so consumers can plan their shopping spree. Make a map of the stores to visit and which stores have what items. Some retailers only honor promotional ads during certain periods of time or on certain days, and may limit the number of deeply discounted items available for purchase.
• Sign up for email alerts. Many stores post their best Black Friday deals and exclusive coupons to people who subscribe to their emails. Sign up before the holidays, then unsubscribe when needed.
• Do your research. Read product reviews on deeply discounted items. It could be a cheaper model or an advertised brand than expected. Check out BBB.org’s store business profile and read what other customers have to say.
• Learn about return policy and warranty information. Pass on any information about returns, exchanges, repairs, and warranties to those who will use the item. A gift receipt is an easy way for the recipient to return or exchange a gift if it doesn’t fit, but make sure you’re able to return the item before purchasing it.