With Black Friday there are lots of headline ‘deals’ to comb through and some retailers can be a little bit lax when it comes to defining a ’sale’ price. In New Zealand we are all familiar with what seems like permanent sales and if a product spends up to six months of the year discounted is it really a huge “Black Friday Sale” saving when it does gets reduced? …here’s a few of our top tips to make sure that deal is REALLY a deal.
Firstly – there really are some great bargains to be had in the Black Friday sales and as a shopping period it has started to offer up increasingly good deals the last couple of years, but, before you buy something, ask yourself if the purchase is really essential. Do you NEED it, or do you just WANT it?
Delay your decision and reconsider. Being a patient consumer will always save you money, walking away is always an option, and the best way to save money is not to spend any to start with!
Secondly, do your research. Thorough research is key. Before succumbing to enticing advertisements promising huge discounts, cross-verify prices on a reputable, independent platform, like PriceMe.co.nz. Check into the product's price history, check out prices at other retailers, as the 'usual' price being advertised may not be as ‘usual’ as is claimed…
Next up, don’t be afraid to negotiate. Using a site like PriceMe will arm you with the price research. So if you are buying a big ticket item in store then don't hesitate to negotiate for an additional discount. You might be surprised. If you showcase competitor prices or highlight the store's own previous lower price offer you may get a price match or a better deal. The worst outcome will simply be a polite refusal, but if there's potential for extra savings why not ask?
Finally, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. An online store that offers products at an unbelievably low price or claim they have amazing benefits or features may be dodgy. Unfortunately, there are many unscrupulous people out there so make sure the store you are buying from online is legit. Legitimate retailers almost always have a contact number and physical address visible in the header or footer of the website and you can always make a quick call or check contact information like an address on an online map. Make sure that a website you want to buy from has information about privacy, terms and conditions of use, dispute resolution and contact details, plus only use a protected online payment service like PayPal or a secure credit card process if you do decide to buy.
Keep checking back on sites like PriceMe - we are continually updating the site throughout the days leading up to the main event and our Black Friday Deals page carries the latest offer.
Our Top 10 Black Friday Shopping Tips
1. Research and Compare: Utilize price comparison websites like PriceMe.co.nz to ensure you're getting the best deal. Compare prices, read reviews, and track product histories.
2. Set Price Alerts: Stay ahead of the game by setting price alerts for desired items. PriceMe.co.nz allows you to monitor price changes and snag the best deals. Here's our guide to setting Price Alerts
3. Early Bird Catches the Worm: Start your Black Friday shopping early. Many sales begin at midnight, so set your alarm to make the most of the exclusive early bird offers.
4. Wait for Other Sales Events: Major sales events like Black Friday not delivering for you - then wait! Boxing Day, and Cyber Monday offer exceptional discounts too. If you can hold off, these occasions can provide substantial savings.
5. Bargain for Discounts: Don't shy away from negotiating. Armed with your research, ask for a better discount or price match. Retailers may be willing to sweeten the deal.
6. Check Multiple Stores: The sale price in one store might be the regular price in another. Broaden your options by checking different retailers to ensure you're not missing out on better deals. We know a great site for that! Check out www.PriceMe.co.nz
7. Play the Long Game: Delay your purchase if possible. Some products may go on sale again soon, so be patient and strategic with your buying decisions.
8. Avoid Impulse Buys: Take a moment to reconsider before making a purchase. Avoid impulsive decisions and reassess whether you genuinely need the item.
9. Maximize Savings with Bundles: Look for bundle deals that offer multiple items at a discounted price. This can maximize your savings, especially on high-ticket items.
10. Set a Budget: Before diving into the sales frenzy, set a realistic budget. Having a spending limit will help you stay on track and avoid overspending during the shopping spree.
PriceMe.co.nz remains committed to providing a seamless online shopping comparison experience for New Zealanders and we offer a comprehensive platform for price comparisons, product reviews, and access to the best Black Friday deals. So, if you do decide to shop, follow these tips, stay cautious and informed and happy shopping!