Are Black Friday deals all they are cracked up to be? It is best to view these deals as you do in sale time. There are some great deals out there with so many retailers offering 20/25% off the retail price. This is great if this is something you were already going to buy. However, you need to ask yourself these questions before you buy.
- Can I afford it?
- Do I need it? (It’s not a bargain if you do not need)
- Is it a good price?
Do your homework first.
Depending on what you are purchasing, if it is an item sold in lots of places check out the prices. One retailer discounted price might be another’s retail price. The important thing is to only purchase what you can afford and need.
It is not too early to start your Christmas shopping.
I have just returned from a few days in Glastonbury. As we were going to see the carnival we decided to stay just outside the city. We got the bus into the city and walked home after the carnival as we knew that all the roads would be closed. Staying in Street right opposite our hotel was the Clarks Outlet. Well, it would have been rude not to go and look. The outlet was huge with a great choice of shops and there where people walking around with lots of shopping bags, so for sure many were Christmas shopping. This is a great way to get more for you money. Most of the shops had Black Friday deals on top of the normal discounts. We did make a few purchases (my husband in particular who bought a leather jacket). That’s what I mean by shopping for what you need.
All the main clothing retailers are offering between 20-40% discount on certain lines. These items could be pieces that are not selling well, and they want to shift, they could be old stock, they are looking to move. They are not going to be making big reductions on things that are selling well at full price. Bear this in mind when making your purchases.
Plan your purchases.
I think it is a good idea to write a list of what you need to buy and not deviate from the list. Something is only a bargain if you can afford it, and if you need it. What you don’t want to do is buy something as it is cheap or a good price and then stick it in the cupboard and not wear or use it. i compare it to shopping in the sales, we think it is a bargain because of the price but not because we need it. Having said all of that I do believe that there are. some bargains to be had.
Only buy what you need, check out the prices with several retailers and shop the best price. No one loves a bargain more than me, but just check it is a bargain. Beware of scams on websites that look like the retailer you know and love. Having said all of that HAPPY SHOPPING.
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