If you notice a disturbance in your pocket, it is that Black Friday is approaching, the real starting gun for the Christmas shopping season, and the day with the most sales of the year for websites like Amazon.
Black Friday always falls on the first Friday after American Thanksgiving, which in 2016 corresponds to November 25. You still have time to organize, decide what you need to buy, and make a budget that does not leave the bank statement shivering.
Avoid impulses and compare prices
If you see an attractive discount percentage, check that it refers to the usual price of the product and not an obsolete RRP. Check the product price history with other stores and take shipping costs into account.
Is it really on sale? Many stores fill their covers with lots of ads for different products and with low prices highlighted in bold. His intention is not exactly that you buy those products on sale, but to make you think that the entire store will have low prices. This creates a favorable climate for compulsive shopping.
Look out for early offers
Some companies such as Amazon itself take advantage of the pull and celebrate the countdown to Black Friday with offers in crescendo between now and Friday 25. The offers are activated every five minutes and include discounts of up to 30% on cameras and up to 35% in a kitchen or video games. Fnac will do the same from Friday 18, and other stores and brands like Nike will be added throughout this week and next.
Some tricks for Amazon
Amazon is the main player in Black Friday, at least in the e-commerce sector. Your discounts are divided into Deals of the day (which last the whole day) and Flash offers (which are temporary).
The first is to be registered in Amazon Prime or Premium. Subscribed users access the Flash Offers (temporary discounts) 30 minutes before and enjoy express shipping and free returns. In addition, for the first time in Madrid and Barcelona, they can choose free deliveries in two hours or one-hour deliveries for $ 5.90.
No need to pay for Prime / Premium subscription. You can take advantage of the free trial month as long as you have not previously been subscribed. Then you can unsubscribe from your account options. The subscription will continue to work until the 30 days are met.
Your other two weapons are the waiting list and notifications. Flash Offers have a limited stock, but it may happen that several customers add the product to the basket and do not finish processing it. That is why Amazon offers 15 minutes to complete the discount purchase: if it does not happen, the product is available again.
You can also follow an offer that is not yet available so that Amazon notifies you when the time comes.