Take Advantage This Friday!!

Take Advantage This Friday!!

 

With the best bargain shopping day of the year          nearly here, shoppers are being encouraged to start their homework          now on products and prices to help separate the genuine door busters          from the many ho-hum deals being promoted this year.

  • Read the Ads: Check local newspapers on Thanksgiving Day.            Friday’s papers will include additional sales. Get on retailers’            email lists, and look for deals and coupons listed on their            Facebook pages. Preview the Black Friday sale circulars now at            bfads.net, and get a list of sale items at all stores combined by            category, like all GPSes, at blackfriday.gottadeal.com.
  • Evaluate the Deals: Not all advertised items are great            deals. To separate the ho-hum from the good deals, use several of            Consumer World’s pricing tools, such as the Price Checker at            ConsumerWorld.org (to compare prices at many online stores            instantly), DealAlerter.com (to get notified when an item’s price            drops) and PriceHistories.com (to compare today’s price for an item            to what was charged over the past six months). If shopping online,            find out the total price including shipping and tax (if any), and            what the reputation of the seller is using BizRate.com or            ResellerRatings.com.
  • Research the Right Product: A low price on a lousy product            is no bargain. Check websites where professionals evaluate            products, such as Consumer Reports, Steves-Digicams.com (for            cameras), Ecoustics.com (TV/hi-fi equipment), PCMagazine.com            (computers), best/worst toy lists, etc. Also, nothing beats reading            customer reviews by real owners of the products you are thinking of            buying. Check Epinions.com and Amazon.com.
  • Save with “Triple Plays”: To save the most, combine            the primary ways to save: buy items at a good sale price, use            percent-off/dollars-off coupons offered by some stores to lower            that price even more, and look for items that also have a cash back            rebate.
  • Be an Early Bird: Plot your route from store to store based            on store opening times, and since quantities are very limited,            arrive before the doors open. Send family members to different            stores if opening times conflict.
  • Beat the Early Birds: To plan for the real Black Friday,            scope-out key retailers on Wednesday before Thanksgiving to learn            each store’s floor plan in advance. Avoid the crowds by ordering            online since some Black Friday deals may be available on            Thanksgiving Day or Friday in the wee hours.
  • Check the Return Policy: Before buying, find out the store’s            return policy. While many stores have extended their return            deadlines into January, others are clamping down by imposing            restocking fees on certain categories of items, or by using a            blacklisting database or returns tracking system to deny refunds to            returns abusers.
  • Get a Gift Receipt: Make returns easier for gift recipients            by asking the store for a gift receipt and include it in the gift            box. Without a receipt, a refund may be denied outright, or may be            limited to only an equal exchange, or to a merchandise credit for            the lowest price the item has sold for in the recent past.
  • Use the Right Credit Card: Certain credit cards offer            valuable free benefits. For example, don’t be pressured into buying            a service contract when you can get up to an extra year of warranty            coverage free just by using most gold or platinum credit cards. Ask            your credit card issuer what length warranties qualify for an extra            year of coverage, if any. Some credit cards also offer a return            protection guarantee (they will refund the purchase price within 90            days if the store will not), or a sale price guarantee (they will            give you back the difference if an item goes on sale within 60 days            of purchase).
  • Save More with Price Guarantees: The bargain shopping            process does not end with a product purchase. Keep checking the            prices of the items you bought. Since many stores offer a price            protection guarantee, you may be entitled to get back some            additional money if the seller or a competitor offers a lower price            before Christmas.
  • Use the Right Credit Card: Certain credit cards offer            valuable free benefits. For example, don’t be pressured into buying            a service contract when you can get up to an extra year of warranty            coverage free just by using most gold or platinum credit cards. Ask            your credit card issuer what length warranties qualify for an extra            year of coverage, if any. Some credit cards also offer a return            protection guarantee (they will refund the purchase price within 90            days if the store will not), or a sale price guarantee (they will            give you back the difference if an item goes on sale within 60 days            of purchase).
  • Save More with Price Guarantees: The bargain shopping            process does not end with a product purchase. Keep checking the            prices of the items you bought. Since many stores offer a price            protection guarantee, you may be entitled to get back some            additional money if the seller or a competitor offers a lower price            before Christmas.




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