Re: The scams of Black Friday
- From: DeadWalrus <GiantPinkBunny@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 17 Nov 2007 18:48:44 -0800 (PST)
On Nov 17, 6:21 pm, "Patient Zero 2.0......Still #1 in the hearts of
RSPW" <noonan2...@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
November 16, 2007
10 Black Friday Secrets Retailers Don't Want You to Know
By Mike Elgan
They don't call the day after Thanksgiving "Black Friday" for nothing. It's
all about launching the megastores "into the black" - into profitability.
They profit not by offering goods at a loss, but by using ultra-low prices
to lure you into their stores, where they can employ dirty tricks to make
But with my secrets, and some smart planning, you can make "Black Friday"
profitable for yourself, not the store.
Here are the 10 things they don't want you to know:
1: Most Black Friday deals are leaked early online. Check sites that post
leaked Black Friday ads and info, and give yourself an advantage over the
masses. The four best sites are: bfads.net, blackfriday.gottadeal.com,
blackfridayads.com, and blackfriday.info. Some of these sites will
optionally send you an e-mail whenever they post a new ad or new
information. (So will Wal-mart's "Secret Section.") Some have cell phone
versions of the site for referring while in-store.
2: Many Black Friday deals are bait-and-switch scams. They may sell you a
very cheap product with a very expensive warranty, or use a given price, but
add software, accessories or other over-priced add-ons as a required but
unadvertised part of the purchase. You'll find out about this only at the
register. If the price at the register is significantly higher than
advertised for any reason, ask to speak to a supervisor and insist on the
advertised price. If they still refuse, threaten to write a letter to the
3: Get the best price without hassles by knowing price-match and return
policies. Many stores offer price-match guarantees (if a competitor offers a
lower price, they'll match it). Increasingly, Black Friday sales are exempt
from all this. Others have a return policy that, in effect, is a price-match
guarantee for the store itself (if they drop the price, the difference is
later refunded to you if you ask for it). If you know which product you want
to buy, and can find a store with a price-match guarantee that honors Black
Friday prices, buy it! When Black Friday rolls around, you can go looking
for the best price, and not have to worry about whether the store is out of
stock. If a store is willing to refund the difference between its own normal
price and its Black Friday price, buy it early for the same reason.
4: Beat the system by shopping in teams. Stores rely on a long list of
tricks, from limited sale hours to low inventories in order to lure you into
the stores without giving you the time to comparison shop for the product
you want at the best possible price. Have one team member in each store when
it opens, each with a list of what everyone wants to buy. Use Joopz.com to
set up broadcast SMS. Each team member finds every product on the list, then
broadcasts pricing. The person at the store with the lowest price for each
item buys it.
5: Use your cell phone browser to check competing deals, and also product
quality. You can also use standard sites like BizRate.com, Shopping.com and
PriceGrabber.com to check just how good prices are. Sometimes Black Friday
prices can be beat online anytime.
6: Some Black Friday promos are designed to unload loser products. Products
that are obsolete, unpopular, damaged or returned are prime candidates for
Black Friday sales. Make sure you narrow your list of products, so you don't
end up buying something you don't really want.
7: Shop early. Very early. Many stores will open at midnight this year. Many
open as early as 5 am. Find out in advance what time each store opens, so
you can plan accordingly.
8: Some of the best deals are advertised only on Thanksgiving -- or even on
Black Friday itself. Make sure you get all the local newspaper on
Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday.
9: Some Black Friday deals are actually buyable online. Others are buyable
only online, or have prices that actually beat in-store prices. Start
checking prices on Thanksgiving. Check Web sites again very early Black
Friday morning, and shop there first -- then go to the stores only if you
have to. Still other stores let you order items online the day before, and
pick them up on Black Friday.
10: Plan ahead to think clearly. Bring food, wear comfortable shoes, and
leave the kids at home (kids can influence impulse buying or convince you to
leave early). Stay focused, and don't let yourself be caught up in the
Black Friday is a zero-sum game. Either the store wins, or you do. Use these
tips to beat the stores at their own game.
"NBC streams 'The Office' online with ads and avoids paying writers by
calling it a promotion. Yet when a 15-year-old posts an episode online
without compensating writers, the studios call it piracy."
If you really want to beat the stores you wouldn't shop Black Friday.
If Black Friday is a bust stores go into panic mode and start dropping
prices on everything until X-mas. They don't want to be stuck with all
Buy gift cards, that way you don't have to rush. Then your giftee can
get items on massive cuts after X-mas. And if you don't know what
store to get the gift card for just get a preloaded Visa.
But really smart shoppers buy year around.
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