Thanksgiving is approaching. Whilst most families are preparing for turkey dinners, family gatherings and football games outcomes, entrepreneurs and retailers are prepping for the biggest shopping event of the year. Black Friday is on November 23rd in 2018.
Every year the deals are getting out earlier (or last longer). And some real good deals are being brewed up! But how to get the most out of a shopping event like Black Friday or Cyber Monday? In this gift guide we will give you five tips to master the art of Black Friday Shopping! Happy hunting!
Follow upcoming deals
Chances are you already made a list with items you have on your “nice to have” gift list. It might still be a list from memory, but preparation is everything. So if you are already on the hunt, why not take advantage of the fact the entrepreneurs like to stretch the Black Friday Magic by providing you with information about their upcoming deals? Most of them communicate this “insider” information in newsletters. So, get a new email box ready and sign up with companies and online stores of you liking. You can always unsubscribe later, but knowledge is power!
Amazon shares information about their upcoming deals in advance as well.
While you browse this section, you can click “Watch this deal” on deals that haven’t started yet to get a push notification on your phone just before they go live. This is a clever way to ensure you’re among the first to take advantage of all the deals you want.
Check the price history
Remember that a shopping event is solely driven on profits. The retailer might give you a discount but the volume of the sales is often the only reason why there is a discount. But did you know that there is a way to drive a discount by raising the price first? Is there a real discount or is it just attention grabbing online? Well, there is a handy tool to find that out if you are shopping on Amazon. The free tool camelcamelcamel shows you the price history when you copy the url of the amazon product on their website. Don’t be fooled by pricing strategies and do your homework.
Let others find the best deals for you
Brewertea has listed the best tea deals in various webshops in a sales thread. The list will change over time, but it gives direction. Other blogs might have done the same. So again, do your homework and discover the best deals and promocodes through the information gathered by others.
Now is the time to sign up for a Prime trial
Some Black Friday deals on Amazon will be exclusive to Prime members. If you’re not already an Prime member, now is the time to sign up for a membership, even if you don’t plan to keep it.
Users who have never signed up for Prime before can get a free 30-day trial. So if you sign up and get all your online holiday shopping done in the next 30 days, you won’t have to spend a penny for free two-day shipping. And even if you need to extend it another month, it will cost just $10.99 for all the Prime benefits through the remainder of the year.
Even if you don’t think you’ll need free two-day shipping, many of the best deals are reserved for Prime members.
Ask Alexa about Black Friday Deals
Buyers who have an Alexa or echo speaker will have access to Black Friday deals as early as 9:00 p.m. PT on Nov. 17th. After that time, just say, “Alexa, tell me about your deals.”
That it folks. It’s going to be a fun shopping event on November 23rd of 2018!