How to Avoid Black Friday Lines

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What’s going on everyone? Can you believe that it’s already November? It seems like it was just July and I was in Las Vegas on vacation. Time is not playing around.

It’s coming! It will be here before you know it. What am I talking about? I am talking about Black Friday. Some people love Black Friday while others hate it. I’m not a fan of it at all. During the past few years, the crowds have gotten worse. People are disrespectful and rowdy at times. I have never been shopping on Black Friday and probably never will. Here are a few ways to avoid the Black Friday lines.

Shop online

Shopping online is a great way to avoid the Black Friday lines. You can do that at any time of the day. You can shop online at work during your lunch break or in the comfort of your own home. You may want to wait until Cyber Monday because there will be various deals going on all day. I’d suggest that you sign up with your favorite stores so that you can get e-mail alerts. Some of them will have sales before Black Friday. You don’t want to miss out on the deals.

You’re probably already getting emails from your favorite stores or businesses. I know I’ve seen some from Walmart and Amazon already.

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Shopping online can also be quite competitive, but here are a few secret tips to ease your online shopping experience during black Friday.

Check-out tip

During the process of online shopping during the week of Black Friday all through to cyber Monday, you may encounter some situations whereby the prices or shipping fees are higher than what you planned. In that case, use the live chat feature that numerous online retailers have and respectfully ask the operator for a coupon for free shipping or a percentage discount off the goods you purchased. You will be surprised by the number of times they answer yes!

Leave Your Shopping Cart

In the week preceding Black Friday, endeavor to fill your virtual cart with goods, then log out of your account. This action prompts them to send an automated coupon to your inbox asking you to come back and finalize the purchase by using the coupon. Of course, it truly is a sneaky move, but it is definitely a worthwhile trick.

Ready Your Smartphone before Black Friday

Of course, in this world of booming technology, everyone has a smartphone. Ensure that you acquire applications of your store. These applications will reduce costs and save your time during black Friday. That gives you access to all available coupons and all deals available on your preferred store. Besides, remember to get deals and alerts into your inbox, with those 2 -4 hours deals that constantly store email out during this period of the year.

Don’t shop at peak times

Another way to avoid the crowds is to not shop during peak times. I’m not exactly sure what those times would be since I haven’t shopped on Black Friday before. If I had to guess I would think early in the morning or late in the evening would not be peak times. A lot of people eat and drink very well on Thanksgiving. They will be too tired to get up at the crack of dawn to go shopping. You may get lucky and is able to get some shopping done before the crowd gets there.

Even though there are several black Friday shopping deals online, there are some bargains that you can only have access to in stores. That usually implies waiting in the daunting queues and seeking for strategies to find your way off a densely packed crowd. So, another way to avoid these crowds is not to shop during peak times. People often think that the crowd is usually more when the store offers doorbuster deals or discounts. Still, Google research used some data from consumers’ smartphones and suggested peak time with the highest foot traffic and the crowd – usually afternoon.

Shop at stores that aren’t as popular

While everyone is at the mall or the large department stores you could shop at stores that aren’t as popular. I’ll be the first to tell you that stores such as Walmart, Target, & Apple will be busy. They are name brands that people are familiar with. Check out some mom and pop stores. They shouldn’t be as crowded. Also, you may be able to get into some outlet stores quicker as well.

Besides getting into the outlets quicker, many unpopular stores will love to attract more customers. And in this quest, they are likely to present an even more mouth-watering doorbuster deals than the popular ones.

Shop during the year

My last and final way on how to avoid the Black Friday lines is to shop throughout the year. Believe it or not, Black Friday isn’t the only time of the year where there are sales. You just have to be on the lookout for them. Signing up for your favorite brand’s newsletter or following them on social media are a couple of ways that you may be able to find some deals.

Those are just a few ways to avoid the Black Friday lines. I know some people get a rush from shopping on that day. I am not one of them. People are crazy, and I don’t want to get trampled. If you do shop on Black Friday, make sure that you keep these tips in mind. Have a plan. Make sure you know when and where you want to shop at. The worst thing that you can do on Black Friday is to backtrack or get stuck in traffic when you didn’t have to.

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How do you handle the Black Friday lines?