The Better Business Bureau has some tips for Black Friday shoppers.
Retail traffic is expected to be heavy both in stores and online, the Better Business Bureau noted in a news release.
Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is typically the busiest combined online and in-person shopping day of the year.
The National Retail Association predicts that holiday sales will increase between 6% and 8%, which would lead to historic highs, the release said.
“This is always a time when emotions are high and, in order to get a large amount, people often rush their decisions,” Better Business Bureau President and CEO Steve J. Bernas said in the release. “This can lead to buyer’s remorse if a snap decision leads to online fraud, or buying an item that buyers end up deciding they didn’t want, or dealing with a company that turns out to be substandard.”
The Better Business Bureau offered the following tips for buyers.
• Get the most out of Blac’s deals by starting with a list of items and using sales flyers and deals to determine which stores have the best prices. Set a budget before you start shopping and stick to it.
• Make the most of Black Friday deals by starting with a list of items and using sales flyers and support moves to determine which stores have the best prices. Set a budget before you start shopping and stick to it.
• Read the fine print. Some retailers may offer an additional percentage off purchases, but may exclude specific items, such as Beware of high discounts. The original price may increase before an item is marked 75% off. Check price tags, terms and conditions.
• Plan your shopping spree. Make a map of the stores to visit and what items you want. Some sales are only for specific times of the day. Some retailers limit the amount of deeply discounted items available.
• Sign up for email notifications. Many stores offer their best deals and exclusive coupons to email notification subscribers. If necessary, you can unsubscribe after the holidays.
• Know the return and warranty policy information and provide the information to the gift recipient. Rules vary from store to store.