By Marli Naidoo
Black Friday is still a newbie in South Africa but South Africans immediately latched on to the concept and made it a tradition. However, you need nerves of steel if you want to venture into the shops on this day. Even if you prefer to do your shopping on line, you can benefit by a few tips to be prepared and have everything run smoothly.
If you are going to buy on line, it would be wise to set your alarm for half past eleven on the evening before Black Friday. Most on line shops’ bargains are valid as from midnight. Also make sure that your Wi-Fi is switched on, you have enough data, and that your details are up to date.
Make wish lists on your favourite websites ahead of time. On Black Friday you can then access your websites and see what is marked down. Then buy directly from your wish list.
Do your homework. Get hold of all the ads possible ahead of time and make a list of the products you want to buy. Keep abreast of the normal price of an item. Don’t just assume that it truly is a bargain just because the shop says so.
Make three different lists: must have, would like to have, and want but can do without.
You need a plan of action. Do your on line purchases first, and then tackle the brick and mortar shops. Decide beforehand at what time you want to visit the shops.
Compile a budget, and be strict with yourself. You have to have money left over for a great Christmas dinner.
Download the apps of your favourite on line shops on to your phone. You can then remain up to date on bargains even before Black Friday begins.
Start a WhatsApp group with friends who are interested in the same products as yourself. You can inform one another about bargains, or even stand in queue for one another and buy extra.
If you want to buy a tv, you will have to have a tv license. Get it before Black Friday.
Make sure the limit on your bank cards isn’t too low for all your purchases, especially if you are planning to buy large items.
If you want to buy an aeroplane ticket, you have to make sure you have your ID and passport numbers handy.
Eat before you leave home, and remain hydrated while you shop. You want to think clearly when you have to make quick decisions, and it will help you to remain calm.
Leave your children at home. They will only become frustrated, and you will be able to move faster without them.
You can go shopping either early in the morning in the stampede, and in so doing make sure you get the products on your list, or you can go later in the day with the hope that the products will be marked down further as the day progresses. The choice is yours.
Try to manage without a trolley. The passages will be so crowded that a trolley will only hamper and frustrate you. Shopping bags will work better.