Black Friday Sale Shopping - How not to Commit a Faux Pas

Black Friday Sale Shopping - How not to Commit a Faux Pas

Black Friday Sale is a mega sale event in the USA. This pre-Christmas sale event is becoming popular down under. 

Are Black Friday Sales as good as they sound? Markets have barely recovered from the lockdown backlash. Retailers are scrambling to grab a slice of your Christmas spend.

Before you flash your plastic fantastic, ensure the discounts are genuine. Many stores create a ‘seconds’ line for sales and factory outlets.

Follow a few simple rules to shop savvy at the Black Friday Day sales:

Black Friday Sales Caveat Emptor:

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. Inspect the goods at the point of sale. It is illegal for retailers to sell defective goods unless declared at the point of sale.

Know your rights:

Most shops put a ‘no refunds, no exchange disclaimer’ on sale items. 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’. Opt for online stores like Deidaa who offer no questions asked’ refund, even on sale items.

Avoid herd mentality:

Do not jump into the fray, because you see others doing it. Do you need half a dozen cheap t-shirts or would you rather spend your dollars on a premium organic cotton tee? Buy quality, buy less and use longer.

Get a shopping buddy:

Do not shop alone. 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:

An empty stomach has a nefarious connection with 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. Brave the serpentine queues in front of the trial rooms during sales. 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. While shopping online, read the product descriptions and refer to size charts. Responsible e-commerce stores like Deidaa have detailed product descriptions and size charts. Deidaa offers free and informed styling advice at no extra cost.

Make Black Friday shopping a relaxed affair.  Buy clothes and accessories that suit your personality and lifestyle. Have a leisurely lunch with your shopping buddy. Round up a few friends for a girls night in. Shop online from the comfort of your home over drinks and nibbles.

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