The day that comes after Thanksgiving marks one of the biggest shopping events of the year: Black Friday. While Thanksgiving is barely celebrated in the Philippines, more and more merchants gradually adapt to the thought of Black Friday sale. That is why Black Friday is a great time to shop and score amazing discounts on some items such as gadgets!
Black Friday is also a great precedent to start your Christmas shopping early and avoid the chaos brought about by last-minute shopping. So, if you want to shop on this major shopping event and stay ahead of the game, here's a strategy to keep in mind: start preparing in advance, know which gadgets that won’t go on sale, take advantage of coupons and app-exclusive deals, and stay cyber safe.
Start preparing in advance
Chances are, you probably already have a few gadgets in mind that will hopefully be marked down at a lower price this Black Friday. To make sure you will get the best deals, it’s best to do your research beforehand, noting the manufacturer’s SRP (Suggested Retail Price) and comparing them to the prices during Black Friday. And to avoid overspending, it’s important to set a firm budget, so that you will know your financial limits. With that, you will save yourself the agony of debt and bills.
Know which gadgets that won’t go on sale
It's also essential to determine which gadgets that won't go on sale. Newer flagship devices like the iPhone XS and the Oppo F9 are not expected to get big discounts during Black Friday. So, if you were hoping to get the latest phone or tablet, but you were anticipating a deal, it’s best to settle for older models.
For instance, offers are expected on older Android devices like the Oppo F7 (SRP: ₱ 17,990), with prices starting as low as ₱ 14,990. But don’t expect to find these money-saving deals on the manufacturers’ official websites since most of them will be featured on licensed retailers such as Lazada.
Take advantage of coupons and app-exclusive deals
One of the most effective ways to get the best deals on Black Friday is to take advantage of coupons, which you will find in popular online retailers such as Lazada. Be on the lookout for these promotions, as well as app-exclusive deals which you can get through apps of your preferred consumer electronics retailers. And to keep yourself updated, it’s best to enable your push notifications so that the site can send you SMS alerts (which may sometimes include coupons or codes!) to your phone.
Stay cyber safe
Much like other major shopping events, Black Friday brings a lot of opportunities for consumers to find amazing deals and for retailers to generate more revenue. However, this is also a favorable time for hackers to steal consumers’ valuable information. So, if you encounter an ad that requires you to enter your information for Black Friday sales, then you must skip it. You will save yourself the trouble of receiving spam emails and having your private data hacked before Black Friday.
To get the most out of Black Friday, there’s just one thing to keep in mind – shop smartly. By following the aforementioned tips, you’re bound to get the best deals on gadgets and electronics during this major shopping event.
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