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19 Black Friday Secrets That Retail Workers Will Never Tell You

"The best deals are usually for the worst products."

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1. If you want to avoid the chaos of Black Friday, do your shopping between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Excluding the doorbuster sales, stores will have deals all day long. By shopping later in the day you can avoid the largest crowds. Plus, most stores change over their staff in the afternoon so you're more likely to be greeted by a friendly face.
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Excluding the doorbuster sales, stores will have deals all day long. By shopping later in the day you can avoid the largest crowds. Plus, most stores change over their staff in the afternoon so you're more likely to be greeted by a friendly face.

2. Camping out all night doesn't mean you're going to get the best doorbuster deals.

The big sales are used to attract people to the store, but there are often very few of the hottest items in stock.
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The big sales are used to attract people to the store, but there are often very few of the hottest items in stock.

3. In fact, doorbuster sales are really just an advertising gimmick.

The things you want will most likely go on sale again soon, so just keep an eye out over the next few weeks.
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The things you want will most likely go on sale again soon, so just keep an eye out over the next few weeks.

4. The best deals may actually be on the worst products.

$199.99 for a brand-new 50" HDTV sounds too good to be true because it is. A lot of these "incredible" deals feature the lowest-tier products from various brands. You're better off shopping for the mid-range products instead.
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$199.99 for a brand-new 50" HDTV sounds too good to be true because it is. A lot of these "incredible" deals feature the lowest-tier products from various brands. You're better off shopping for the mid-range products instead.

5. Local stores often have deals that are just as good as the giant department stores.

You may be more likely to get what you want by avoiding the more trafficked stores. Plus, less foot traffic means you're less likely to get trampled so it's a win-win.
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You may be more likely to get what you want by avoiding the more trafficked stores. Plus, less foot traffic means you're less likely to get trampled so it's a win-win.

6. Don't be tempted by time-sensitive deals.

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Stores want to create a false sense of urgency to drive traffic, but in actuality most of these "time-sensitive" deals will carry over into Cyber Monday.

7. Prices may be adjusted to make the deals seem better.

Be wary of the Black Friday signs stating "Was $100, Now $50!" Many stores will inflate the before price if it makes the deal seem better. Make sure you're buying things based off the price you will be paying, not the savings you think you're getting.
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Be wary of the Black Friday signs stating "Was $100, Now $50!" Many stores will inflate the before price if it makes the deal seem better. Make sure you're buying things based off the price you will be paying, not the savings you think you're getting.

8. No one is checking in the back for you, sorry.

Me: "sorry we don't have this in stock" "Can you look in the back?" Me: *walks to the back, stands & stares at a wall* Me: "sorry we don't"

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This is the busiest day of the year for stores, and employees will be incredibly busy dealing with other things.

9. Leave your credit cards at home. Use cash.

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You're a lot less likely to go over budget or buy things you don't need.

10. Using a cart on Black Friday is a recipe for disaster, so use bags instead.

With a bag, you'll have more mobility to move around and will therefore waste less time. Plus, people won't hate you for running over their feet.
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With a bag, you'll have more mobility to move around and will therefore waste less time. Plus, people won't hate you for running over their feet.

11. It might seem scary and intimidating, but talking to other shoppers can really improve your Black Friday experience.

Employees are often too busy and overwhelmed to give you specific answers, but other shoppers might be able to tell you where to find something. Also, if nothing else, you'll have an ally in case things get gladiatorial.
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Employees are often too busy and overwhelmed to give you specific answers, but other shoppers might be able to tell you where to find something. Also, if nothing else, you'll have an ally in case things get gladiatorial.

12. Stores sometimes create new floor maps for the Black Friday rush.

This is done to better guide customer traffic around popular items.
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This is done to better guide customer traffic around popular items.

13. Some "new" products aren't always new.

Some brands will put out old models of their product that did not sell when first released and call it "new" to set a higher starting price.
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Some brands will put out old models of their product that did not sell when first released and call it "new" to set a higher starting price.

14. Many stores won't file incident reports relating to customer confrontations on Black Friday.

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The last several years have seen increased mayhem in stores, and many stores have needed to increase security to deal with customer fights. So please don't add to the chaos.

15. On Black Friday, stores will try hard to get you to sign up for their credit card. Don't.

Stores will offer you larger savings and bigger discounts if you sign up, but let's be real: Signing up for a credit card shouldn't be an impulse decision. The short-term savings might not be worth the effect opening a new line of credit will have on your credit score.
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Stores will offer you larger savings and bigger discounts if you sign up, but let's be real: Signing up for a credit card shouldn't be an impulse decision. The short-term savings might not be worth the effect opening a new line of credit will have on your credit score.

16. Don't get fooled by mail-in rebates.

Make sure you read the fine print on those deals. Otherwise it could cost you.
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Make sure you read the fine print on those deals. Otherwise it could cost you.

17. Some stores may roll out deals as early as Wednesday, if not before.

Try visiting stores earlier in the week to look up prices.
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Try visiting stores earlier in the week to look up prices.

18. Don't wear red to Target if you want to have an uninterrupted shopping experience.

The same thing goes for wearing blue to Best Buy. If you're dressed even remotely like a staff member, people will constantly be coming up to you demanding your help and getting frustrated when you tell them you don't work there.
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The same thing goes for wearing blue to Best Buy. If you're dressed even remotely like a staff member, people will constantly be coming up to you demanding your help and getting frustrated when you tell them you don't work there.

19. And finally, the biggest Black Friday shopping secret is to just wait for other holiday sales.

Most stores will have the same — if not better! — sales in the weeks after Black Friday.
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Most stores will have the same — if not better! — sales in the weeks after Black Friday.

Good luck!

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