Already hunting for Black Friday deals and Cyber Monday sales? We all know that these days have a reputation of fulfilling the dream of every bargain hunter, because retailers cut prices on a limited number of items at or below cost. But are these Black Friday deals in reality an “agreement”?
Well, the day after Thanksgiving is known as “Black Friday” for a reason. For retailers, this is to increase sales “in the black” – into profitability. Profits are not offering products at a loss, but at super low prices to sell to lure you into their shops where you can try to use clever tricks to get your money.
To survive in this season with his wallet intact and that the “Black Friday” profitable for itself, not the stores, the review of these 5 things to buy:
1. Beware of sales and deep discounts “Add-Ons.” As previously mentioned retailers, many of promoting the “door-buster” sales on Black Friday and Cyber Monday lure you into the store or online for you to spend, spend, spend. Often stores offer a very limited amount of “door-buster” deals that may force you to buy a similar item at regular price. This is a classic “bait-and-switch” scam. The stores also may try to sell a cheap product with a warranty too expensive. Or, a seller tells you need to buy software, accessories or other more expensive add-ons such as a requirement for the product, but this information was not advertised, or included in the price. Usually this information is found in the record. If the registration price is higher than advertised for any reason, ask to speak with a supervisor and insist that the advertised price.
2. Shop early for “Hot Items.” Do not procrastinate and wait until the last minute of “hot-items.” Plan your shopping in advance strategy and make sure you have alternatives. Diligent use of comparison shopping sites and register to receive email alerts of your favorite stores.
3. Protect yourself online. Selling fake or “bait and switch” tactics to move online as well. For example, a Web site could advertise an item at a very cheap price, but the product is in stock so try to go to buy something at a higher cost. Or, if you try to buy only the element of sale, the seller or cancel the order saying that the product is back-ordered or to send a lower quality product that you did not. If one of these practices occur, the exercise of their rights to use, as, in search of a resource if your order does not arrive on time or questionable dispute charges on your credit card. For more information on avoiding scams and exercise their rights as consumers visit http://www.ftc.gov.
4. Do not buy unnecessary warranties. Appliances and electronics stores always ask if you want an extended order with the purchase of such items. In most cases, “just say no” Why? These stores keep 50 percent or more of what they charge for the guarantee and studies show that products seldom break within the extended warranty period covered, which is after the standard warranty expires and two three years of purchase. In addition, the standard manufacturer’s warranty covers many of the repairs included in an extended warranty. But if you are looking for peace of mind or the cost of repairing the product is very high after the standard warranty expires, check your credit card provides similar coverage, or try to negotiate a better price.
5. Understand return policies and price adjustments. You can get the best price without problems, if you know in advance the price of a party store and return policy. Many stores offer price match guarantees (if a competitor offers a lower price, they will match). However, items purchased on Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be exempt from the general policy of the store. Some stores have a return policy, in effect, a low price guarantee, the height of the store (if they drop the price, the difference is later refunded to you if you ask). If you know what product to buy, and find a store with a price guarantee to the party that honors Black Friday prices, buy it in advance. When Black Friday rolls around, you can find the best price, and not have to worry about whether the store is out of stock. If a store is willing to repay the difference between normal price and the Black Friday price, buy early for the same reason.
Remember to get a jump on great deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, start planning now, research their purchases and, above all else encourage good distribution.