No more crossing the border for Black Friday as the sales are set to begin on our home turf, many starting today or at the stroke of midnight.
If you are not sure what to expect for Black Friday 2013 which falls on Friday, November 29 this year get ready to save some serious cash if you know what you are looking for.
Black Friday is just about here and in some places the lines of people camping out in some cases for days at a time have already begun.
There are lots of great deals to be found on Black Friday, many of which are in limited quantities meaning a lot of people are hoping to get their hands on one and many who have been unable to in the past.
With Black Friday planned around the American Thanksgiving and originally being only an American sale day, Canadian retailers are trying their best to keep Canadians shopping for some exclusive Black Friday deals in Canada.
Canadian Tire is advertising their first Red Thursday this year which some also call Black Thursday.
Though many people will still cross the border for what most would agree are still the better cheaper deals, Canadian retailers are certainly putting in a lot more effort this year with a lot more deals being offered and many having longer store hours.
Getting the heads up
Many retailers, big and small, send emails to customers who have signed up for their email subscription with the latest offers and promotions. If you have your favourite stores that you visit often going to their website and subscribing to their emails can be of great benefit to you.
With Black Friday coming up various companies offered a sneak preview of their flyer to their email subscribers. These emails regularly often include exclusive coupons and promo codes.
Personalized email offers are also becoming more common among retailers where they will track your purchases by your email address and offer deals exclusively to you based on your past purchases.
I do recommend that if you are going to subscribe to multiple companies that you make a separate email for this purpose as you may find your inbox will fill up quickly with these emails.
I am signed up with many retailers, do I read every single email? No, but if I am planning a shopping trip or need something in particular it is nice to be able to take a quick look at what deals are currently being offered.
Knowing a retailers price matching policy ahead of time and whether it applies to Black Friday will be something good to know. You can find an full list of store policies at Coupon Christine.
Certain stores such as Best Buy have advertised that their price matching policy will be taking a hiatus during their Black Friday sale, allowing no price matching to local competitors for any limited quantity Black Friday deal.
Walmart’s price matching policy hasn’t changed for Black Friday, though you may find some stores at their own discretion may choose not to allow price matching that day so don’t be surprised if you are refused. Having a copy of the policy in your hand though may help your case in getting them on your side.
In this day and age there is an app for everything it seems, including your weekly flyers. Reebee is a great app that is free to download and it loads current and upcoming flyers to your smart phone or tablet for easy and convenient viewing of multiple flyers available.
You are able to set what city you live in to obtain local flyers and can also change the city if you are shopping out-of-town and hoping to score some good sales.
Not only can this help in finding the best possible deals for Black Friday but can also be used in most stores to price match, given that the store offers price matching.
I often use Reebee to price match, it is a very handy app to have and a great paper saver with all your flyers being right at your fingertips.
A few things to remember when price matching
- With the rare exception, price matching applies only to local competitors so even if you are using an app such as Reebee, a flyer from a store that is nowhere near the store you are shopping at it will not be accepted so don’t get your hopes up on price matching a sale offered in Toronto if you live in Niagara Falls.
- Price matching applies only to identical products advertised that are in stock in the store, no substitutions allowed for a similar product. There is the exception with produce (product of USA versus product of Canada) sometimes though I’m sure bananas aren’t a big Black Friday item.
- Some stores may want to confirm with the store that you are price matching to that they are out of stock, if the store advertising the sale has the item in stock you may be refused the price match as – technically you can just go there and buy it.
Walmart’s one hour in-stock guarantee will have a big part in a lot more people getting their hands on an awesome deal this year.
Creating a positive customer experience is something that is important to all retail stores, an unhappy customer who walks out that door may never come back and who knows how many other people will be told about their negative experience.
Stores want happy customers and we are starting to see more of these efforts applied to Black Friday sales.
The early bird gets the worm
The majority of stores will open earlier than normal so if you are hoping to score some good deals, shop early, plan ahead and if you are really eager to get a great deal camping out or lining up really early may be an option for you.
If you wait too long you may be out of luck, going into a store even a few hours after opening you risk the chance of the stores being sold out.
Resist the impulse buys
Black Friday is a great opportunity for retailers to get a lot of foot traffic through their doors and they will try to get you to make impulse purchases while you are in the store.
Sometimes the great deals will be stocked at the back of the store requiring you to walk through the store and past all the other products, sometimes clearance items or items that have not sold as well in the past will be displayed with a significant price drop, resist these items if you are hoping to stick to your budget for that shopping day.
Impulse buying is a great way for them to get you to spend more money than you had originally intended especially on one of the best days of the year to snag a bargain aside from boxing day.
Are you shopping in Canada, crossing the border or just staying home this Black Friday?
Check out the full 2013 Black Friday guide at Bargain Moose Canada for up to the minute flyers and deals… so you don’t miss one!
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