Black Friday is almost here! The most awaited shopping event of the year, it brings in unbelievable deals and bargains for all shoppers. Since it takes place the day after the American celebration of Thanksgiving, this year, it will fall on November 29th, so remember to mark your calendars!
As an online shopper, you’ll be spared of having to elbow your way through crowds of other eager shoppers at US stores. But with irresistible sales coming at you from every corner of the web, the temptation of impulsive buying brings you an entirely new kind of danger.
As tempting as it is to buy every deal you see, not having a game plan for the biggest sale of the year may do you more harm than good. We want all our customers to get the most out of their shopping experience, which is why we’ve come up with a few tips that will help you get through Black Friday without emptying your wallet.
Before Black Friday
1. Know the deals.
The first thing you need to do is find out what items and stores will be on sale for Black Friday. If you have favorite online stores or if you’ve got a particular item in mind, you can easily search the web for deals.
But thanks to deal-sharing sites like Deal News and comGateway’s own Sales page, as well as coupon sites like Retail Me Not, you don’t have to go through all the trouble because all of the best deals can be found in just one place.
2. Make a shopping list.
When everything is on sale, it’s easy to buy things on a whim, only to realize in the end that you actually don’t need them. Making a list and sticking to it is the best remedy for that.
After setting your sights on the specific deals and stores, take note of them on a notebook or even just digitally, so you can whip it out come sale day.
3. Compare prices.
A deal-sharing site is especially useful when you don’t have a specific item in mind yet and are simply exploring. But if you want to be more methodical about it, price comparison and aggregator sites like Camelcamelcamel and PriceGrabber are handy tools.
Say you’re buying a smart TV. You can type “smart TV” in the site’s search field and it will present you with a list of smart TVs, their prices, and where you can get them, making it easy for you to pick the best buy.
4. Set a budget.
Having made a list and compared prices for the deals, you’re now ready to set a budget. Take note of the price of the item you want to buy and proceed to write down your budget. However, make it flexible as some stores tend to adjust their prices. Be sure that you can stick to it.
5. Register for cashback sites.
Rebate sites add more fun to Black Friday shopping by giving you even more savings! We suggest Rakuten (formerly known as Ebates) for having the most number of participating merchants, Extrabux for the highest cashback percentage, and Honey Gold which offers more available promo codes.
Make sure to register for accounts on these sites prior to Black Friday so you can be ready to shop and save on the day itself!
During Black Friday
1. Look for the lock.
As your browsing the sites to search for the deals on your list, remember to look at the top portion of your browser. Does the store’s web address have a lock icon before it? If it does, then you’re in good hands. The site is encrypted, meaning hackers can’t steal the data stored in it, among them customer’s credit card information.
2. Read the description.
Make sure that the item is the one in your list by reading through the specs. Is it the right size, material, version, etc.? Pay attention to the “what’s in the box” section or the “sold separately” notes. You don’t want to pay for a Polaroid camera thinking that it includes film – only to find out that it’s not included when it gets delivered.
3. Be quick as a fox.
Seen the smart speaker in your list? Add it to your cart right away, before stocks run out. Although we encourage you to be careful, we also don’t want you to overthink. Millions of shoppers are probably eyeing the same item you are, so don’t hesitate to beat them to it.
4. Use your credit card with the biggest rewards.
We want our customers to get the most savings out of Black Friday. If you’re going to buy the item yourself, we encourage you to compare your credit cards and see which one offers you the biggest rewards on your Black Friday shopping.
5. Use our BuyForMe service and have us shop for you.
If the item you want is from a US store that restricts shoppers without a US billing address, don’t lose hope just yet. With comGateway’s BuyForMe service, we can buy the item on your behalf.
In the spirit of Black Friday, our BuyForMe service during Black Friday weekend will be on sale! Get up to 70% off on your BuyForMe fee starting from Thanksgiving Day until Cyber Monday.
Here are the usual and discounted rates:
Standard member = 10% of item cost and domestic shipping, if any
Prime = 7%
Business = 5%
So what are you waiting for? Register now at comGateway and be ready to shop the deals on Black Friday from your favorite US online stores!