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Better Business Bureau says ‘make the most of Black Friday’ by setting budget, sticking to it – St George News
November 25, 2022
The Better Business Bureau recommends making lists and staying within a budge for Black Friday Shoppers | Photo courtesy of the Better Business Bureau, St. George News
ST. GEORGE — Black Friday, traditionally the single busiest shopping day of the year, arrives a little earlier this year, with many stores having started their advertising campaigns months in advance.
Instead of setting an alarm to brave crowds for deeply discounted items, dedicated shoppers are expected to look for deals online, similar to last year – that is, if they haven’t already finished their holiday shopping, according to the Better Business Bureau.
Changes such as shipping delays, hiring challenges and microchip shortages are impacting how people will shop. Retail experts are predicting higher-than-normal crowds in the stores and increased percentages of spending on gifts, decorations and other holiday-related items.
So if you do decide to shop in person on Black Friday, the Better Business Bureau offers these tips to make your shopping experience productive (and maybe even enjoyable):
Make the most of Black Friday deals
Start with a list of items and use sale flyers and promotions to determine which store has the best price. Set a budget and stick with it before heading out.
Read the fine print
Some retailers may offer an additional percentage off the purchase but could exclude certain deals or items such as “door busters.” Watch for companies boasting a high percentage off; the item may be “75% off,” but the original price could be inflated.
Carefully check the price tags, terms and conditions. Research online using a secure wifi connection to see if competitors have the item at a better price.
Plan out the excursion
Sometimes it’s not necessary to wait to see what deals will be offered on Black Friday. Retailers often will release Black Friday flyers weeks ahead of time, so consumers can plan out their shopping spree.
Make a map of the stores to visit and what items are at which store. Some retailers only honor sale ads during a certain time frame, or on certain days, and could limit the amount of deeply discounted items available for purchase.
Sign-up for email alerts
Many stores release their best Black Friday deals and exclusive coupons to people who have subscribed to their emails. If you signed up ahead of the holiday season, consider unsubscribing afterward if needed.
Do your research
Read product reviews on extremely discounted items. It could be a cheaper model or brand advertised and not what was expected. Check BBB.org’s business profiles of the stores and read what other customers have experienced.
Know the return policy and warranty information
Pass along any information about returns, exchanges, repairs and warranties to the person who will use the item. Gift receipts are an easy way for recipients to return or exchange a gift if it’s not just right, but make sure the item is able to be returned before purchasing.