Black Friday sales: Tips and tricks on how to get the best bargain

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Black Friday sales are just around the corner. Photo: Getty Images

Black Friday used to be a bit of an American thing, but over the last few years has really taken off in Australia. Now, most retailers are offering insane discounts or deals on the last Friday of November. 

This year, that day falls on Friday, November 26.

While this day is an excellent opportunity to get your hands on seriously cheap products, you might find yourself ending up with a pile of unneeded items, missing out on what you actually wanted to buy, and spending way over budget.

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Black Friday is one of the largest shopping events of the year, and attracts thousands of Australians looking for the best sales. Source: Getty Creative

It’s best to be prepared

The saying goes, ‘fail to prepare, prepare to fail’. 

First things first, make your wishlist for Black Friday. 

What are items you’ve wanted for a while, but they’ve been too expensive? 

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Order your wishlist in the item’s priority, and note the retailer that has them.

Get cozy with your favourite stores

If you know you’ll be wanting something from, say, The Iconic or Amazon, it’s best to get ready to shop with them before Black Friday comes around.

Create a profile on the website with your shipping details and debit or credit card.

Amazon is a retail powerhouse and is known to have the biggest Black Friday deals. You should sign up to their email list to get notified about their Lightning Deals. Source: Amazon
Amazon is a retail powerhouse and is known to have the biggest Black Friday deals. You should sign up to their email list to get notified about their Lightning Deals. Source: Amazon

For an item that’s been slashed down 70% or 80%, with limited quantities available, those couple of minutes it takes to fill out those details at the checkout might be the difference between you getting it or not.

Also, sign up to said anticipated retailers email alerts. 

Most retailers start advertising sales 1-2 days before they go live, and you’ll be the first to know before the sale begins.

Don’t forget about Cyber Monday!

Cyber Monday was initially created to be the online shopping counterpart to the physical retail sales of Black Friday. 

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Cyber Monday is another huge day of online shopping specials, so don't stress if you miss out on any Black Friday deal. Source: Getty Creative

Of course, now shopping is predominantly online, and most Black Friday sales will be offered online.

However, if your desired item doesn’t quite make the Black Friday cut, keep your fingers crossed for Cyber Monday!

Where to find Black Friday sales

The easiest way to find out about Black Friday deals is directly from the source, i.e. your intended retailer. 

If you just want to be across all the possible sales, there are some general hacks and websites to help you find them.

ShopBack will be offering upsized cashback deals in line with the latest and greatest Black Friday deals. Source: ShopBack
ShopBack will be offering upsized cashback deals in line with the latest and greatest Black Friday deals. Source: ShopBack

Product alerts

Set up Google Alerts or Twitter notifications for ‘Black Friday 2021’, ‘Black Friday deals’, ‘Black Friday Australia’.

ShopBack has a sweet feature on its website that allows you to price compare items, so you can check this on Black Friday and see which retailer is offering the best deal. 

Bonus, ShopBack will run its own upsized cashback deals on Black Friday, so you’ll save even more!

Markdown Addicts Australia regularly posts the latest sales across the country. She'll be updating her followers on the Black Friday specials as they happen. Source: Markdown Addicts Australia
Markdown Addicts Australia regularly posts the latest sales across the country. She'll be updating her followers on the Black Friday specials as they happen. Source: Markdown Addicts Australia

Social Media

Markdown Addicts Australia is a hugely popular Instagram (over 50k followers) and Facebook group (over 230k members). 

She always posts the latest and greatest Aussie sales, and this Black Friday, she’ll be updating her Insta story with all the best Black Friday sales. 

She’ll also be spotlighting the Amazon Lightning deals.

Websites

Finder.com.au is a finance-based website but also spotlights shopping, travel and business. They create a master list of Black Friday deals every year and have already added 600+ deals to the 2021 page.

Yahoo Lifestyle will run the most popular Black Friday sales, so be sure to check back here in the run up to the event.

In fact, we'll be covering every deal there is on Black Friday, so make sure you check in with us regularly. 

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