Your Guide to A Successful Black Friday Shopping.

Some of us use Black Friday offers to purchase Christmas gifts or long-desired technology at discounted prices; others, want to get a bargain from their favourite clothing or accessory brand. Some, think Black Friday is a perfect chance to buy those gorgeous floral window curtains they have wanted for ages, but not been able to afford. Regardless of what your expectations and plans for Black Friday are, these tips and tricks will help you to become a more organised and wiser shopper this Black Friday and once it is over.

Originating from America, Black Friday is officially one of the biggest UK’s shopping day of the year. Each year the leading local and global tech, electrical, beauty and clothing retailers join the event and offer generous discounts on some of their products.

Are Black Friday Deals Worth It?

One of the most significant questions is – are Black Friday deals worth considering? Yes, many brands provide genuinely good offers and put up for sale decent items. If you do research before the event, you have a good chance to get a bargain on long-desired tech, electrical or other goods.

Be aware, however, that some retailers increase prices before Black Friday to make the sale look better. Therefore, it’s worth comparing different retailers’ prices using price comparison websites.

While the quality of the items on Black Friday offer remains the same, be aware that some retailers might focus their offers on non-selling and non-seasonal items. So, think twice before you grab an item with 50% or 70% off tag to your basket. Do you really need it, is it useful? Really?  

Black Friday Offers Are Not Limited to One Day

Black Friday falls on 24th November this year, however many brands and stores extend their Black Friday offers up to a week or even longer. Cyber Monday is another event to watch out for. Some brands, including Argos, Currys and John Lewis release their Black Friday offer details well in advance, so keep your eyes open and research your favourite brands to see what their plans for Black Friday are.

As for Swift Direct Blinds, this Black Friday throughout November we will have weekly deals running. Each week you’ll find a particular blind type on sale, therefore, keep checking our website, because most likely, you’ll see on sale a long-desired blind or a curtain.

Black Friday Deals Online

Whether you do or don’t like online shopping, it is a very a good alternative for Black Friday. During Black Friday event, stores will be packed with shoppers some of whom might behave aggressively.

By shopping online, you’ll avoid undesirable queuing and most likely won’t be tempted to buy unnecessary things with a sale tag.

Be aware that some retailers have exclusive in-store deals only, therefore if you’re looking for a particular item, check whether it will be on offer online.

Watch out for scammers and avoid shopping from unknown brands. While those might have unbelievably great deals and low prices, they tend to have low-quality items and unsecured online payments.

Fill Up Your Online Shopping Basket in Advance

Remember the trendy items sell out fast! If you know your long-desired TV, sofa or a pair of shoes will be on Black Friday offer, don’t let them slip through your fingers. Create an account on a trusted website you’ll be purchasing from and put all desired items with correct size and colour to your shopping basket prior to Black Friday offer launch. Once the offer is live, the discount will often be applied automatically, and all you will have left to do is proceed to a checkout.

Do your research

Once the Black Offer is launched, some items literally fly off shelves in minutes. If you have big plans for Black Friday shopping, take time to do your research and find all things you want to purchase in advance.

Bookmark relevant pages and consider our previous advice to give yourself more chances to buy all or at least majority of things you want to.

If you are looking for ideas or inspiration for Black Friday shopping, we suggest using Pinterest. There you can create Black Friday board and pin all desired items. Once your board is complete, you will have a visual overview of your desired items, and it will be easier to sort them by categories.

Make A Shopping List

If you’re brave enough to shop in stores during Black Friday, get ready accordingly.

Check stores opening times, bear in mind some might be working their non-regular hours.

Also, make a detailed shopping list, write down specific things you want to buy and where you want to purchase those from. This will help you to stay focused on your primary items, and avoid useless items with a sale tag.

Set A Budget

It’s easy to get carried away with sales, and before you know it, you’ll spend all your money on things you didn’t even think of buying.

Therefore, decide in advance how much you’re willing to spend on your Black Friday shopping, and stick to your budget. Keep track of your spending while shopping; if you came across those gorgeous floral window curtains you didn’t plan to buy, refer to your shopping balance to see whether you can afford to treat yourself.

We hope these tips and tricks will be useful when you’re planning your Black Friday. Good luck with your Friday shopping and remember to check out our exclusive Black Friday offers.

If you have more Black Friday shopping tips & tricks the world needs to know about, make sure to share them with us via email at [email protected] or on social media, using @swiftdirectblinds tag.

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