Even here in South Africa we get excited at the thought of Black Friday; this year it is on 23 November 2018. So how do you get ready to enjoy a successful day?
We watch the online advertising and keep a lookout at billboards and newspaper ads to see where we can possible get a good deal.
Most of us put a bit of money aside to that we can score some bargains. Many regret not having enough cash last year, to get a lot of Festive Season Food and grocery shopping done. Some people watch out for the tech sector and others look to the supermarkets to try to get bargains for the holiday season.
This is the perfect time to buy gifts for friends and family, or to buy garden or pool furniture for summer.
Following the Fourth Thursday in November
Black Friday is an informal name for the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, the fourth Thursday of November, which has been regarded as the beginning of the country’s Christmas shopping season since 1952, although the term “Black Friday” did not become widely recognised or used until the early 2000.
Where Did Black Friday Originate?
So where does Black Friday originate and why do we mark this day? The most popular story says that the name came from the fact that the day’s sales are so great, it can push retailers from being “in the red” to” into the black.”
In the past year or two, Black Friday has really taken of in South Africa with many stores publishing their Black Friday ads early in November. Teaser ads are popular where a buyer subscribes to get to know first of the Black Friday specials. Join this event on our Facebook Page to get notified FIRST of the amazing specials that will be on offer at our 4 stores on #BLACKFRIDAY
Black Friday sales online usually coincide with the store sales. Some in-store only Black Friday deals from few stores, may not be available online, so keep your eyes open.
If you are a serious Black Friday shopper, do it Stokvel style. Gather a group of people who will all go to different stores. This is a great idea, especially with our high petrol prices.
Each person going to any store may buy an item for everyone else in the group. Remember some stores have limits on the amount of product one can buy so take note of these doorbuster items.
Surviving Black Friday
Although we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in South Africa, we know that this is the day that we need to begin to prepare for Black Friday. Adjust your mindset for traffic jams, long lines, limited quantities of the choice merchandise and thick pushy crowds.
Here are a few tips:
- Allow plenty of time for your shopping
- Take a bottle of water and a snack or two along if you have thirst or blood sugar problems, also take some bags to carry your purchases in
- Plan ahead. Make your shopping list before you go and stick to it
- Set your budget and stick to it
- Check the Online Deals
- Pick a shopping buddy who will help you out and watch your back
- Print or cut out the ads you are following and take them along to the shop