Surviving Black Friday

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for employers and customers alike.

Black Friday deals can make or break your fiscal year. The Friday after Thanksgiving officially kicks off the holiday shopping season and to herald the time of spending, many major retailers offer deals not available any other time of year.

Here’s some advice on how to survive Black Friday:

1. Buy on the Internet

Probably the best way to deal with Black Friday is to stay home. Avoid the crowd, the rush, the tug-of-war with that woman who didn’t shower this morning…you might be able to get the same deal online without rising out of your turkey-induced coma.

2. Preparation

Assuming that you can’t get your deal online or something is just too good to pass up, prepare for the rush. I’m not talking just mentally. Some deals are time sensitive. You might need to be somewhere between 10 am and 11 am just to get that 60″ HDTV. Make sure you know where. Also, if you don’t want to look like an amateur, know when the stores open and close so you can plan accordingly.

3. Know your deals

To ensure you’ll be getting an actual bargain rather than a ho-hum or too-high price, visit Web sites such as BizRate.comShopping.com andPriceGrabber.com as you’re doing your research to get a sense of how much items should cost.

4. Make a list

Again, without a list, this is amateur hour. If you go out on Black Friday “just browsing”, you’re crazier than I thought.

5. Bring a buddy

You need somebody who’s got your back. A Goose to your Maverick. When things get crazy (and they will), you don’t want back-up that will flake out, start bickering, or whine about the crowds. You need a support system. Choose wisely.

Good luck out there.

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Posted on November 22, 2010, in Biz Tips and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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