It’s not too early to start planning your Black Friday. In fact, now is great time to start thinking about all of your holiday shopping. My husband (the true shopper in our home) is already gearing up for Black Friday — and it’s more than a month away. But he isn’t planning on leaving house.
Shopping in physical stores on Black Friday is what horror stories are made of. Herds of shoppers attacking display cases and each other. Mobs of consumption addicted customers competing for half-priced electronics or 90 percent off toys. According to a survey by the National Retail Federation, consumers spent a record $52.4 billion over the four-day weekend following Thanksgiving in 2011. Due to the increasing chaos involved in Black Friday shopping, more and more people are opting to shop online the day after Thanksgiving to reap the benefits of at-home shopping while cutting costs. Despite the frenzy surrounding in-store Black Friday shopping, less than one-fifth of consumers plan to shop online, according to a 2012 PeriscopeIQ Retail Intelligence Survey. Look at the clear-cut advantages of online Black Friday and make the most of your holiday shopping.
No Waiting in Long Lines
Many consumers spend half of their day on Black Friday waiting in lines. You have to wait in line to enter the store, wait in line to grab those must-have products and then wait in line to purchase your items. According to a survey conducted by Blistex lip ointment, customers say an intense day of shopping can bring physical discomforts. 63 percent experience aches and pains, 40 percent complained of sore feet, 33 percent had back pain and 23 percent experienced chapped lips. Online Black Friday allows you to shop at your own pace in the comfort of your home, which means no lines.
Avoid the Crazy Crowds
There?s no denying that online Black Friday shopping equals less hassle. Black Friday is inevitably the biggest shopping day of the year and consumers flock to Wal-Mart, Target and other major retail stores to take advantage of major savings. You can avoid the unnecessary pushing, shoving and ill-mannered folks at your local shopping plazas by choosing to shop conveniently online.
Snatch Your Favorite Products
In 2012, the holiday value bundle for the Xbox 360 game console was amongst one of the most sought-after products. According to a press release published by HotBlackFridayDeals.com, consumers could find similar savings from Amazon and other online retailers without having to set foot inside an overcrowded mall. Nearly any product that you can find on sale in stores on Black Friday can be found online with similar or better discounts attached. Just like most major retailers, these deals are printed several weeks prior to the sale to allow you to save up for the products you desire most. For more information, you may want to consider Black Friday deals from JC Penny and your other favorite stores. Keep up-to-date on the latest brands, sales and special offers by signing up for texts and emails.
Achieve Maximum Savings
Some people spend weeks preparing for their Black Friday shopping, but obtaining the best deals comes down to just a few factors. Check your local Thanksgiving Day newspaper as it will most likely be stuffed with store ads, circulars and coupons. Many major retailers now provide circulars for online-only products, as well as coupon codes that can be inserted on the checkout page at the retailer?s online site. Compare prices with price-comparison online shopping sites, such as PriceGrabber.com to help you find the best deals possible. Also take notice of special ?Early Bird? or ?Night Owl? online shopping deals which can give you even bigger discounts when you shop at certain times of the day.