Black Friday is around the corner, and consumers need to be prepared if they want to get the best deals.
South African retailers have hopped onto the Black Friday bandwagon and will be slashing prices on Friday 24 November.
The annual retail event is regarded as the start of the Christmas shopping season and sees hoards of shoppers flock to stores to get the best once-off bargains.
Here's some advice on how to shop smart this Black Friday:
1. Create a spending budget
Stick to your budget. Avoid impulsive purchases or overspending by defining exactly how much you can afford to splurge.
2. Write up a wishlist of items
Make a list of products you need and take it with you. Sticking to the items on the list will save you money and keep you focused amid the spending frenzy.
3. Sign up to mailing lists
Some major retailers have already revealed their Black Friday offers. You can subscribe to mailing lists to get deals and notification sent directly to your inbox.
4. Wake up early on the day
The early bird catches the worm! Set your alarms and make sure to arrive at your identified stores before their stock is depleted.
5. Shop online and avoid the crowds
Shopping online is way more convenient on Black Friday , but it also has its risks. Check out advise from consumer journalist Wendy Knowler on how to avoid being duped. Remember this Fake Shoprite promo from last year?
6. Comfort is key
If you're going to walk inside a shopping centre or mall on Friday, a pair of comfortable shoes is recommended. You could be running around on your feet for some time. Also, it's probably best to leave the kids behind.
7. Keep all the receipts
Keep all your till slips as proof, in case you purchase an item that does not work as it should.
If you buy a defective product during the Black Friday promotion, it is your right to return the item - no matter what discounted price it was bought at.