I love online shopping, probably a little bit too much, but I refuse to pay full price for anything. There are enough sales and discounts out there that you should never have to pay full retail. Well, unless it’s an emergency or something custom. But otherwise, no!
Let’s start with the big guns. Black Friday is, without argument, the biggest shopping day in the entire year, followed (and not even closely) by Cyber Monday. Black Friday has even bled into the day before (Gray Thursday, perhaps?) and is still pulling out the big numbers. Black Friday, as we all know, falls on the day after Thanksgiving, and is the kick-off of the big Christmas shopping season. It’s called “Black Friday” because business profits will be in the “black” that day, not the red.
So Black Friday is a big day for stores both in a physical and online sense of things. While Cyber Monday is thought to rule the discount world of the World Wide Web, most discounts that happen on Black Friday can also be accessed on websites that day, and often with free shipping. Which means you can do your shopping without leaving Thanksgiving dinner or getting up stupidly early.
The exceptions to this of course are the Doorbusters. Doorbuster is a term that is referring to a discount that happens in a store when it opens. They have limited stock usually and are only available at the extreme discount for a brief amount of time. Doorbusters are what causes the mayhem that you see in YouTube videos of people stampeding each other or fighting over a television set. And, my fellow discount shoppers, that is not worth it. Yes, the discount may be good, but if you pay good attention to online sales before and after Black Friday, chances are good you will find a similar deal without being crushed by another human.
Amazon Deal of the Day
Amazon offers a “deal of the day,” everyday as well as having ongoing “lightning sales” constantly. The deal of the day is a product that is given a spotlight and discount for that day, as long as the products are still abailabel. During the holiday shopping season, they post more than one deal of the day, having anywhere from 5-6 things posted, showing off some discounted goods that may help you check off that Christmas list. And, if you have Amazon Prime, you can get that free 2-day shipping. That means you could even wait until the week of Christmas to finish your shopping.
The Lightning Deals that are on the Amazon site are a continual thing. They put up over 1,000 items at a time and have a ticking clock on when the deal runs out as well as a constant percentage bar that shows how many products are still available with that discount. The thing to really remember about lightning deals is to look at what the starting price is. While if you are looking at the Lighting page, you may see things like “80% off,” showing that you are getting such a hot deal. But if you actually click on an item and go onto its individual page, you will see what Amazon charges on a regular day for it. So you may be looking at something “80% off,” going at a price of $18, but you’ll find that Amazon discounts it normally to $20. So you may be saving yourself $2 on an item. Then you have to really ask yourself if you want that item or if you are only thinking of buying it because it’s on sale. If it’s not something you had been considering purchasing or specifically shopping for, just don’t do it. They use the discounts to lure people in.