Boxing Day Sales - Deal or No Deal
The hype, the crowds, the blood, sweat, and tears. Are you re-thinking Boxing Day sales this year?
Retailers are seizing every opportunity to declare a sale. Easter weekend sale, Anzac Day sale, Mothers’ Day sale, Valentine’s Day sale, EoFY sale, they have it all. Boxing Day sale has lost much of its sheen. Before you flash your plastic fantastic, ensure the discounts are genuine.
Follow a few simple rules to shop savvy at the Boxing Day sales:
Boxing Day Sales... Caveat Emptor or Buyer Beware:
Make a list of things you need and stick to the list. Unscrupulous retailers may bump off defective pieces, shop soiled items, one-off samples at the Boxing Day sales. Inspect the goods at the point of sale. It is illegal for retailers to sell defective goods unless declared at the point of sale.
Boxing Day Sales... know your rights:
Most shops put a ‘no refunds, no exchange' disclaimer on sale items. In reality, sale items should be governed by the same refund policy as full-priced items. Do not shop at stores that put up notices like ‘no refund, no exchange on sale items’. Deidaa offers a ‘no questions asked’ refund, even on sale items. Unused goods, with all tags intact, are accepted within 30 days of sale.
Avoid the herd mentality:
Do you have to rummage through that pile of t-shirts because others are doing it? Do you need half a dozen cheap t-shirts or would you rather spend your dollars on a premium organic cotton tee?
Get a shopping buddy:
Do not shop alone. Ideally, hire a personal shopper. If not, take a friend, sister or daughter who will give you an informed and honest opinion. Daughters can be brutally frank at times, but come up with some very valuable suggestions.
Do not shop on an empty stomach:
Empty stomachs lead to impulse buying aka shopping disasters.
Do not shop when you are upset:
Retail therapy is like chocolates. It has the ‘feel good factor’. If you are having an emotional downturn, chances are, you will do binge shopping.
Do not shop in a hurry:
Take time to try on garments and footwear. The right fit is critical to garments and footwear. How many near new garments do you have in your wardrobe, unused because they are ill-fitting? Shoes that look good in the store may give you blisters, bruises, and broken ankles. Prefer to shop online from the comfort of your home, in your pyjamas? Read the product descriptions and refer to size charts. Responsible e-commerce stores like Deidaa have detailed product descriptions and size charts. Deidaa has a team of design professionals who offer free and informed advice at no extra cost.
Make Boxing Day shopping a relaxed affair. Buy clothes and accessories that suit your personality and lifestyle. Gather a few friends and shop online from the comfort of your home over drinks and nibbles. Some of the best and biggest bargains are found online.