Black Friday online shopping advice – tricks and tips to find best bargains

Laveta Brigham

Black Friday is going to be very different this year, as the Covid lockdown means Brits will be forced to search for their bargains online rather than heading to the shops. But that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to get your hands on lots of cheap goodies, and all […]

Black Friday is going to be very different this year, as the Covid lockdown means Brits will be forced to search for their bargains online rather than heading to the shops.

But that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to get your hands on lots of cheap goodies, and all the big names – including Amazon, ASOS, Curry and PC World – are promising to slash prices.

It’s easy to get carried away when facing a page of discounts and saving figures – so it’s important to stay focused if you want to get the best deal.

There are lots of simple things you can do to make the whole experience less stressful, and more importantly – to save as much cash as possible.

We’ve brought together a list of tips, tricks and bits of advice for Black Friday 2020.

Woman online shopping for Black Friday 2020
There are lots of great offers this year

Follow your favourite companies on social media

Companies tend to promote their best deals on social media or via newsletters which are sent out to loyal customers – so it’s worth following and signing up.

This means you’ll be first in the queue when the offers drop, so hopefully you’ll be able to get the size and colour you’re after.

There is also a chance you might be able to get your hands on an early bargain before the Friday rush as well.

Set up accounts before

Websites are known to crash on Black Friday, so it’s worth getting ahead of the game and registering.

This means you won’t be desperately trying to remember the name of your mum’s first pet or the name of the street you lived on 20 years ago when you’re trying to buy those bargains.

Do your research in advance

As with all sales, it’s easy to be tempted by a knocked down price and enter those bank card details too quickly.

Check out different brands and do your research before you log on, so you make sure you’re getting what you actually want.

This also means you can check whether you’re getting a good price, or if you can buy it cheaper elsewhere.

Check the price history

The clever people at Which? suggest checking the item’s price history, to see if the ‘saving’ figure is actually correct.

If shows how much the item was on the market for before, and if it’s dropped or gone up before.

They suggest CamelCamelCamel for any Amazon buys and PriceRunner for other websites.

Check for price match

Many big stores, including Currys and John Lewis, offer price matches on big items – so it’s worth checking if they will reduce their price tag.

However, check the conditions as some don’t include online retailers in this, which may catch you out and see you miss out on a bargain.

Create a wish list before the big day

Many websites let you create an online list of all the things you’re interesting in buying.

Before Friday, fill the list with potential buys, so they will all be in one place when it comes to bargain hunting time.

This will save you scrolling through all the pages and doing lots of different searches

This means that when you log in on Friday, everything you’re interested will be together in one easy to find place.

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