Black Friday is known as the busiest shopping time of the year, the day after Thanksgiving. Shoppers raring to go, making a mad rush through the door to purchase limited items, at bargain prices. If brave enough to join the crowd, be prepared for pushing, shoving and carts running over your heels. Making preparation before the retailing event might help get the best savings on November 25, 2011.
Last year Walmart, Best Buy, Target, Amazon and other retailers offered pre-Black Friday specials in November. Check store’s website for more information. A number of the pre- sales have quite a few good buys on toys and electronics.
Seek out the internet for leaked Black Friday ads to start planning even earlier. One website that may be of interest can be found here however, there are several others.
Search your local newspapers prior to Black Friday. Compare prices for the best value. The opening time will be listed in the store ad, for most the start time is 4am and a few at midnight. Some prices end before noon on various items, so check the timing on all those deals. Make a list of the items most wanted and start planning the trip. Carry along the newspaper ads, a few stores price match.
Decide who will be going, an extra person may be needed to hunt other bargains on the list in another direction of the store. Know where the items are being displayed in the isles, many associates will tell where the item is located beforehand.
Information on the store’s policy, such as where and when lines can form can be supportive in snatching up the items wanted, getting closer to the front of the line. Ask the store manager for details about the sale.
Dress warm, the early morning is rather chilling, especially if plans are to stand outside for hours. Last year the view of Target looked like campsites with blankets, chairs and thermoses filled with coffee.
Also the year before, some stores such as Old Navy put a limit on how many people entered the building, as a measure to cut the crowd. Rumor is that this plan will be adopted by other retailers for this year’s sale.
There are Black Friday sales accessible on merchant’s websites as well. Whether the choice is to shop from the computer or journey out among the crowd, the early morning hours are significant to acquire the bargain price.