Black Friday is not just an shopping day, it’s an event. It officially kicks off the beginning on the holiday shopping season. Retailers spend millions of dollars on promotions and advertising their deals and drop their products to rock-bottom prices in an attempt to lure in deal-hungry shoppers to spend their hard earned dollars in their stores. Black Friday has been growing every year with bigger sales and longer hours and in turn more and more people have been taking part of the Black Friday deals. It’s no doubt that Black Friday will be busier this year than it ever has been.
So how can you be sure to get the best deals in the most hassle free way possible? Read on for our 7 tips for getting in, getting your deals and getting out.
First, if you haven’t read last year’s “Tips from an insider”, read that over so you know exactly how Fry’s plans it’s Black Friday sales.
1) Get there early
This seems obvious, but most people don’t realize exactly how early you need to get there. Most Fry’s will have their lines start forming late Wednesday night, even before the ad has been released. These people lining up have no idea what they’re even lining up for. With the rumors that Fry’s will be opening up at midnight this year, if you’re gunning for one of the major hot deals (something in the top 6 ad boxes) you’ll probably need to start lining up early to mid Thursday. Bring your Thanksgiving dinner with you. If you’re looking for something a little deeper in the ad, after Thanksgiving dinner should be fine, but not too late.
2) Shop your store ahead of time
Head on down to your local Fry’s store and know what kind of items you’re looking for and where they’re located in the store. Fry’s does not hand out tickets in line, so being able to get into the store and to your item area is key. Some ad items will be in their normal locations, some will be in floorstacks in the middle of aisles, and some will need to get a quotation from a sales associate. Get the layout down, get your running shoes tight, and get ready!
3) Know what’s on sale
I can’t tell you how many people go into Black Friday with only a vauge idea of what’s on sale. “I’m looking for that TV in the ad” but can’t tell which of the 25 TVs on sale in various sizes, brands and technologies is the right one. Grab a copy of the ad from our site and print it out, circle what you want and keep it on your side at all times. Each item on the ad has a specific PLU number that any associate can look up stock and locate for you very quickly.
4) Grab a cart … or don’t
This one is pretty basic but something many people overlook. If you’re going to grab something large like a TV or Desktop computer system, grab a cart. Otherwise, leave the cart outside and don’t crowd up the store too much. Carts are limited per store, and I’ve seen fights over the last carts in stores. Travel light when necessary.
5) Bring a friend.
This is probably the best tip if you’re looking to buy multiple items. From keeping you company in line to help running a block on the last laptop, a friend will make your shopping trip much smoother. Since everything in store is first come, first serve and there’s no tickets, having a friend heads to the computer section while you cover audio/video department can be a major asset in obtaining the goods you seek.
6) Be prepared
Be prepared not just for the ad, but also for the experience. One thing many people overlook is that there is also another second, very long line to the checkout. Once you hit the store, wait 5 hours in the line outside, and hour to snag your deals, you’re still looking at up to a 2 hour wait to check out. To help make this smoother, bring something to entertain you in the mean time. Bring a chair to sit outside. Bring a truck if you’re picking up a HDTV or fridge. Bring the ad to make sure you’re got the right item at the right price. And be prepared to be bored when things get slow. You’ll get to play with your new toys very soon.
7) Just be nice
This is the last tip, but the most important: Don’t be a jerk. Please realize that the employees had to leave their friends and families on Thursday to work their 12+ hour shift for you. Generally most customers are friendly and jolly, but when something doesn’t go their way tempers can flare. Being nice can really go a long way. Managers have a lot of leeway on Black Friday. They don’t make money that day, they make customers. Helping you out of a difficult situation is their job, and being nice and keeping calm helps make that possible.
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