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Before you head out to do a little shopping on Black Friday, you need to arm yourself with a few essential tips for Black Friday shopping. Over the last few years, the idea of Black Friday shopping has really taken off in South Africa. Traditionally, the stores are packed from early in the morning. You need to know that you’ll be bombarded with specials and offers, which often seem too good to be true.

Here are our best tips for Black Friday shopping

Research

This cannot be stated enough. You need to know which products you want to buy before you head out for the day. If you’re buying a product you are not all too familiar with, for example, electronics, you need to make sure that you read up on the reviews for the product you’re eyeing out. The same goes for any product you don’t normally buy.

Be Brand Wise

Again, if you’re not familiar with the brand, you need to make sure you know as much as possible about it before you buy it. Buying a TV for dirt cheap doesn’t mean you’re getting the best TV on the market, it only means you’re getting the cheapest one. Cheaper TV’s often don’t last as long as well-know and trusted brands to either. Make sure you’re willing to take that risk before you buy it. The same will also go for other products such as nappies.

Know Your Prices

If you like a product and you buy it regularly, you’ll be aware of what that product normally costs. And you’ll know when you’ve hit the bargain lottery when that product is price reduced. But what happens when you’re eyeing a product that you’re not familiar with? Then you need to visit a few retailer websites and do a little price comparison.

Compare Sales

Many retailers will have the same or similar products on special. Make sure that you take note of which retailers stock the products you want and what they are going for. This way you can easily compare prices before you head out. Additionally, you’ll have a backup should one retailer run out of your desired product.

Go Online

It’s easy to get caught up in the madness of store sales. One option to avoid this is to choose to buy your specials online. Many retailers offer online purchase portals which allow you to browse specials and buy from the convenience of your home.

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