Black Friday

How best to take advantage of Black Friday

The biggest shopping day of the year is approaching fast. With Black Friday 2015 (Friday 27th November) looming, you will want to know how to make the most of flash sales, avoiding in store crushes and website crashes.

Black Friday isn’t for the faint hearted. You need to know what you want and get it to it fast. It’s a good idea to make a wish list so you can go straight to the section you need, be it online or in store. Try to be strict with yourself as some stores may try to tempt you with package deals that include things you might not have otherwise wanted.

Details of what will be on offer on Black Friday aren’t always available in advance and this can add to the intrigue. However, some retailers will drip feed details on their website. If you have a favourite retailer, then check their site regularly and sign up to their email alerts to receive teasers of what items will be included as well as specific times that deals will start. The latter varies from the night before to the Friday morning. Stores such as Sainsburys and GAME are launching Black Friday promotions around midnight, whereas Tesco have delayed their instore opening until 5am to prevent chaotic scenes, so be prepared in advance if you want to grab yourself a deal.

The most common and usually the most highly discounted Black Friday items are technology and gadgets. Sites such as the PC Advisor will be posting tech deals as they come available. If no specific details are released for what you are looking for, you can still get a good idea of where to start your search by checking out the details of last year’s sales.

When it comes to the big day, you don’t want to be fashionably late as you’ll miss the party all together. Be prepared to queue outside shops and hustle with fellow shoppers. If you’re online you’ll likely have to face some waits as well. Last year a number of leading retailers’ websites crashed due to high volume traffic. Others, such as Currys, asked shoppers to join an online queue with a waiting time of up to an hour.

If you’re lucky enough to get the things you want in your virtual basket, you want to get them checked out before they vanish altogether. There are a number of helpful auto fill payment forms that can be used to make this process swifter. They save your personal information and payment details securely and complete them in seconds so you can stay ahead of the pack.

Don’t panic if you miss out on what you wanted on Black Friday though, there’s always Cyber Monday.

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