black fridaySo you’ve decided you’re going to brave the crowds on Black Friday, but do you know how to really get the most out of the sales?

We’re taking a look on how to make sure you really are getting the most out of Black Friday this year, and also to make sure there are no incidents like the death of a Walmart employee last year in Long Island, NY.  While these deals are great, they are never worth someone’s life.  I mentioned in yesterday’s post that I was going to Walmart this year, but there is one key difference: my store is a 24-hour store.  As opposed to everyone waiting outside the doors for opening time, we are allowed in the store whenever, and we can just walk to the specific items we want before the official time.  If my store was set up like the one in Long Island is, I would not be going.

All that being said, how do you get the most out of Black Friday?

Research, Research, Research

Are you sure those prices you are seeing in the ads are really that good?  Just because they are printed in a flier for for the Black Friday sales, that doesn’t mean they are necessarily the best prices out there.  It is easy to look at those prices and think, “Wow, that’s a heck of a bargain!”, but is it really?

Ask yourself some simple questions:

  • Can you find it any place online for a similar price?
  • Can you find it any place online for at least a close price, and the site doesn’t charge sales tax?
  • Can you find it any place online for at least a close price, and they don’t charge shipping?

If you can answer “yes” to any of those three questions, or a combination there of, you then have to think is it worth going through the hassle of going to the Black Friday event?  Even if it’s a couple dollars, think about the amount of sleep you’ll lose, the crowds you’ll have to fight, etc.

You also need to research is anyone else price matching?  Walmart has a ton of DVDs on sale for as low as $2, but if you go to the Amazon Black Friday Deals page, you’ll see they are going to have the exact same discs on sale for the same price.  Wouldn’t you rather shop from home in your PJs?

Have you read the reviews?

Even if you don’t like Amazon, there is no denying that it has become one of the most amazing resources on the Web for consumer reviews of items.  While price checking, make sure to read the reviews, see what it was people complained about, is it something you can live with?

Check on the go if you must

We recently wrote about a service named Retrevo that will let you check prices and reviews via your cell phone by simply texting them information on the item.  If you forgot to do your research on a certain item, this is better than nothing.

Be aware of your surroundings

I’ve left the most important for the last … please be careful.  None of the items offered at these sales is worth you getting injured.  Take a deep breath, remember these are material items and your health is worth far more than the few dollars you will save by getting that item.  Or imagine you are somehow involved in injuring someone else.  Is that the memory you want hanging over you through out the holidays?  Probably not.

Just be careful folks, that’s really the best advice anyone could give you.

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  1. Erik Laliberty
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