These are the shopping hacks you need to know (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Tempted to pick up some Black Friday bargains today?
Shopping online might be simple enough, but navigating all the deals on offer today might make it hard to find the best price.
Plus it can be easy to overspend or fall into fraudsters’ traps.
Follow these handy tips to make the most of one of the biggest shopping events
of the year.
Write a wish list
A recent survey by electrical retailer AO found that having a shopping list was the top recommendation to help you during Black Friday.
If you know what you’re after, you can shop for it more easily.
AO trading director Simon Exton says this will not only help you keep an eye on the best deals across retailers but will also mean avoiding distractions and endless scrolling if you’re on a budget.
Use a price tracker and do your research
Find the item you want to buy and start comparing prices to find the cheapest. Michele Don Durbin of task management app Evernote says: ‘If you want to check the price history of a product, use price comparison websites to find the best deals.
‘PriceSpy, for example, offers a comparison of popular gadgets from different retailers. HotUKDeals is also a great place to go for deals, discounts and freebies. Some retailers can mislead customers into thinking they’re getting a bargain when they’re not. Checking price tracker websites allows you to see a product’s price history.’
Price comparison websites can help you spot the best deal (Picture: Getty Images)
Set up online accounts in advance
It’s likely that with the expected surge in bargain-hunting shoppers, some websites will experience painfully slow response times.
Save yourself the agony by setting up an online account in advance of your shopping spree and entering your payment and delivery details so you can get in, make your purchases and then get the heck out.
Get social inspiration
Follow your favourite brands and shops on social media and sign up to email newsletters to be among the first to learn about the latest deals.
Brands often use channels such as Twitter, Instagram and TikTok to hand out exclusive offers so keep those peepers peeled to make sure you don’t miss any great savings.
Watch where you shop
Keep a lookout for the little lock symbol that appears in the corner of the URL field. This is the visual indicator you need to ensure the website you’re on is 100% safe.
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