The Ultimate Shopaholic Guide To Secure Amazing Deals On Black Friday

Attention all you fashion freaks: It’s time to get your shopping ‘A’ game on because Black Friday 2018 is happening tomorrow, 23rd November! This is a wonderful time to shop because retailers across Malaysia, both online and in stores will be offering massive discounts on various range of products.

For real! On Black Friday, you can expect all the best deals, voucher codes and flash sales. If you’re planning to do some retail therapy or buying gifts for the Christmas season, this is probably the best time for you to do so.

In 2017, brands like Forever 21, Sephora, Adidas, La Senza, Cotton On, H&M and Harvey Norman participated in Black Friday and offered massive discounts to customers. So, we’re looking forward to see the same brands this year with even more brands to take part.

What is Black Friday?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll definitely know what Black Friday is. Basically, it is an annual shopping day where retailers go all out on sales, online and in store.

Now some history on Black Friday — it actually began during the 1960s in the US. Retailers used to mark losses with red ink and profits in black ink and just before the festive season, retailers would host big sales to drive up their profits and use black ink again, hence the name Black Friday. Hah, that’s really smart!

Since this is just as big as 11.11, you’ll want to maximize your shopping spree and minimise wallet expenditure. So here are the ultimate shopping checklist you should to know to survive Black Friday with your favourite items:

What time does Black Friday start?  

For retail stores, the sale usually starts during their normal opening hours but there are some retail outlets that will close up late at night. Therefore, the best thing for you to do is to check with your favourite stores to find out their operation hours, so take note!

Meanwhile, online retailers will usually have special discounts starting from 12AM on the day, but there will be some stores that will run it through the weekend.

Pro Tips:

Plan ahead if you want to secure those gorgeous items! Retailers would usually send out a blast email with their Black Friday deals to subscribers. This way, you’ll be one of the first to catch a glimpse on the exclusive deals that would be up for grabs on Black Friday and you won’t have to go browse through the sites one by one looking for online deals.

Research the stores with the best and lowest price. Chances of getting lower priced deals would be a from a store that’s already selling the item at low prices compared to another shop with the same product. You’ll want to identify and visit these stores first.

Check the apps. Some online stores offer special deals exclusively on their apps. At times, they do have a preview of products without the discounted price points, just so customers will know what to expect. Which is perfect, because then you can keep tabs on the sites that are selling the products you are eyeing at.

Add in to cart. Once you’ve identified the apps and sites which are offering the products you want, regardless with or without the discounted price, make sure to add in to cart. This will make your shopping experience easier, as you won’t need to browse through the whole site again looking for that item. Some online retail stores don’t allow you to add in to cart before D-DAY, but there will also be an option to set reminder on the item or add to wish list.

Set an alarm! You’ve done your homework and the worst thing that can happen to you is missing out on these amazing deals all because you overslept. Be a wise shopper and set an alarm, 10 minutes before 12am – just in case.

Now that you’ve got all the tips needed to survive and conquer Black Friday, go ahead and shop smart to your heart’s content!