There are many hyped shopping days when we think we’re getting the hottest deals. Some of us wait all year for Black Friday and Cyber Monday – usually looking forward to them with a mix of excitement and dread. Excitement because we are giddy with the promise of scoring that killer deal on a new TV, laptop, or gadget. Dread because we’re not entirely sure if we’re getting fooled by prices that are masquerading as fantastic deals.
Black Friday is on November 23rd this year, with Cyber Monday following on the 26th. While there are legitimately great deals to be found on these days, there are also marked-up prices that make you feel like you are getting a better deal than you actually are. With a variety of deals being offered by all kind of different retailers as well, it can often be impossible to figure out who has the best prices.
How are you to know if they are wasting time fighting through crowded stores or getting up at the crack of dawn unnecessarily to buy online before a hot product is sold out? Is that TV you’ve been dreaming about a truly not-to-be-missed deal? With the huge amount of choices today, how is a shopper to know?
Shopbrain is here to help.
Here are some tips to lessen the frustration and increase the excitement and fun of deal shopping.
- Shop around.
Gone are the days when shoppers lined up in the cold at a retail store to get a crazy deal. There is so much more choice today across traditional stores and online retailers that you shouldn’t wait until Black Friday thinking you’ll jump on a last-minute deal. Do some research and decide what you want to buy early in the month and then shop around – that way you’re armed with knowledge about products and pricing and won’t panic.
- Keep an eye out for deals.
Don’t be seduced by the flashy ads or overly hyped sales banners. Always wonder if it is actually a great deal. With so many sales, price comparison shopping can be really tough in the lead up to the holidays but comparing prices is critical to finding the best price.
- Double check price history.
The traditional days have evolved from 24-hour shopping events into a month-long shopping extravaganza with thousands of deals appearing throughout the entire month of November. Check price histories so you can track product pricing over time leading up to Black Friday or Cyber Monday. That way you’ll know exactly when is the best time to buy.
- Check deals of the day.
Retailers often offer deals that last just one day. These can offer big savings so compile a list of your favorite retailers and check their daily deals. And don’t forget social media. Check Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for your favorite retailers to find out about deals and promotions. Retailers will often reward customers who like or follow them and then you can share social media posts with your friends to help them save big too.
- Check ratings and read reviews.
If you’re shopping for something specific or if you want help to decide what brand to buy, don’t forget to read ratings and reviews. With so many choices, the more you know, the easier it is to choose and buy with confidence.
Shopbrain will make all of these tips quick and easy to do. With unbiased search results, we will give you all the information you need in one place. No more searching endlessly for deals, we will search billions of products across thousands of stores for you. We do all the work so price hunting is easy and even fun.
P.S. An added tip for shoppers – try not to overspend. It’s easy to get distracted and buy on impulse but the best way not to overspend is to decide what you want and stay focused. Shopbrain can help with this too – we work so fast, we’ll help you decide on a product and then find the best price instantly. You’ll thank us in January.
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