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Tips for Online Shopping: How to Prepare for Black Friday/Cyber Monday Shopping

Make a List – most important is to make a list of things you have been thinking about purchasing or waiting to buy during the Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sales, so you don’t forget something.  It will also avoid wasting time to search for which brand/model/options you want if you need to make a quick purchase.  Most merchants have a “wishlist” feature on their websites so you can “save” items.  Finally, if you are on a budget, it will prevent impulse purchases.

Two, not to-dos while making your list:

Bookmarking URLs – these can change especially when an item goes on sale.

Leave something in your cart – it may not be updated with the latest price and won’t hold the item for you (e.g. it may be out of stock by the time you come back).

Shop Early – Amazon and other sites are already reducing prices.  Amazon has Deals of the Day called HoliDeals right now and their Lighting Deals (few hours only).  We have seen many merchants offering 20-25% off even this weekend (Sketchers (“GIFT20”), Columbia (as marked),  LL Bean (“SAVE25”), Learning Resources (FRIENDS20).  For the actual Black Friday Sales, more and more merchants are starting their sales on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, 28 November to try to beat out their competition).  For example, Macy’s ad (there is a sneak preview available) says its online sales start on Wed., Nov. 27.

Check Sources for Deals:

  • Merchants’ Distribution List/Newsletter – usually give you the earliest and best available deals, if not done so already, sign up now with your favorite merchants (we suggest to create a “burner” email for all these emails so you can just check when you want to.
  • BlackFriday.com has the ads for 100s of merchants.
  • Coupons – Amazon has a whole page dedicated to coupon savings, you may not find too many for items with already great prices, but if something you want is not on sale you might be able to save money here.

Browser Extensions/Price Comparison Sites

This is in conjunction with the first point, know your prices so you know for sure if something is really a good deal and you don’t get swept up in the moment and assume something is really on sale:

  • The Camelizer – browser extensions from CamelCamleCamel (only for Amazon)
  • Online Price Alert
  • Honey – automatically finds and applies coupon codes when you shop online
  • Invisible Hand – includes flights hotels and rental cars
  • PriceGrabber
  • Google Shopping
  • Yahoo Shopping

Cash Back Sites – earn cashback for your purchases by going to your favorite merchant’s site via one of these platforms (after registering):

  • Rakuten
  • BeFrugal
  • Ibotta

Merchant Loyalty Programs – like airline frequent flyer programs, these will allow you discounts on future purchases through points earned on your Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales purchases.

Follow Merchants on Social Media – both Twitter and FB are a good source for the promotional activity of your favorite merchants.

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