Whenever my friends ask me about some buying tips(as they know me as great deal finder) especially on a cheap laptop or deals on camcorders and Digital Camera’s, I would say “Hold your horses till Black friday” Some might wonder what exactly am I talking about?
Whats is Blackfriday?
Blackfriday is the hot topic of this month in any American news forum or chat rooms or phone conversation when November rolls around. Its not about religion. Its also not about any historic rampage or riot. Its definetly not about horror stories. Its all about fun Shopping spree friday(I see ladies faces filled with great joy )
Black Friday – the day after Thanksgiving – is one of the busiest shopping days of the year for the nation’s retailers. It has become a modern tradition in America that next day of Thanks giving is considered one of the deal breaking days of the year. Usually American’s believe Thanksgiving weekend kicks off the Holiday Season. As it arrives, it also comes with an obligation to have a big fat wallet to satisfy the gifting needs for the upcoming christmas. So almost every american family kicks of their gift purchases for christmas(to present to the loved ones in a way to carry on the tradition) from that weekend. If they can find them for a good deal, who will every say NO.
Nobody can beat Americans on Marketing. Taking that essence of gift buying and adding the marketing gimmick, big retail stores started this Blackfriday shopping tradition by blowing off the prices on certain items and bring on the shopping fun to attract customers. Let me share by showing how exactly it works to give a glimpse of fun.
Before the week of Thanksgiving(Nov 3rd week), many big retail stores announce their freebies, cheap deals on attractive items like electronics, computer related, home related as their Blackfriday specials. In past, People usually get this list from local newspaper as special on the day of blackfriday or flyers sent via snail mails. Nowadays these lists are made avaiable in secret websites like Blackfriday info, you would go thru the list and find out what you exactly want are in sale and make your own list.
These website allow you even create your own list and take a print out. Once you have the list, families get together and plan who want to go to which location. Its like a Mission Project BLACKFRIDAY. They split out and start standing in the line in front of the stores from midnight without minding the shivering winter cold. You can see the mad rush of people waiting below.
Usually they have big organized queue in many places with police patrolling. As stores open for sale around 7am, everybody tries to get in with an attitude to get whatever they need. Its will be fun to watch that scene. They jump all around to find the items and don’t care about others. Once you got them, wait in line to check out.
Even some people plan intelligently and come with a kid or partner who stands in the check out line while another one hunts for the items. That way, they can quickly check out otherwise you end up spending an hour waiting in line to get checked out. Once they purchase the items on sale, its not over yet. Project just 50% over. Now they need to check those items and sort out the bills to send to Mail-In rebates. There are certain deals that are called Mail-In rebates.
Whats the trick about Mail-in rebates?
Lets say the item is usually cost $100. They sell it for $75 with $50 Mailin Rebate. You will pay $75 at time of check out and you will get back $50 via mail. If thats the case, you need to apply for the rebate via mail with all the items required like reciept and purchase proof to get it. You eventually get your money back, God only knows how sooner. Companies also makes money when people don’t send the proper proofs and miss out on mail as not many people are good at it. Y
ou gotta take chance to get these deals but they arYou might think its crazy but its cool if you really want to buy big expensive items. In my past 9 years being year, I been to atleast 5-6 Blackfriday and caught the mad rush to purchase some good stuff. Its a win-win if you plan properly. Otherwise you end up buying unwanted things just for the sake of getting it free and never use in your life time. Thats the trick.
Stores use this opportunity to get rid of items which doesn’t sell well as freebies and try to make money out of it. This year, mad rush is for LCD Flat TV’s, as usual computers and iPODs.
Are you ready to join me this year for the Mad Rush of Blackfriday?