Be an Early Bird on Great Deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Finding a great buy during the holiday season is a million times harder. Although sale events happen more often during the last two months of the year, getting a huge discount on an item doesn't instantly spell savings for the customer. Getting a pair of ankle boots for 10 bucks seem like a steal – but is it in a good condition?
Today, let’s talk about being smart shoppers this holiday season. With the Black Friday and Cyber Monday just around the corner, we should all gear up to make to make sure that we get the best worth for our money.
Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to be the customer no business can fool. Have fun reading and share this guide with your family and friends so we can have more smart shoppers any time of the year.
So during the holiday season, I realized that there are basically 3 types of items on retail store shelves…
1. Low Price – Low Quality trash. Pardon the term trash but I’m really no good at making things hurt a little less. But kidding aside, this type of goods is the worst ones that you can purchase. Low priced items in poor condition are better off classified as trash especially if you’ll not be able to use them for at least a year or it would cost more than what you paid for to fix the product or the possible damages it can bring.
Here are 3 of the most common examples:
- Second hand cars that need massive rework
- Food items and medicines that are expired
- Skin care and makeup products that use unapproved ingredients
I know that $ 5 can’t possibly get you a pair the hottest pair of Lady Gaga inspired ankle boots. But make sure that the quality or value of the item that you’re buying is justifiable. Getting expired food items that can possibly have you hospitalized for food poisoning is not a good buy at all.
2. High Price – High Quality luxury items. This type of goods got one thing right – their price is equivalent to their actual or perceived value. With that said, these products are often carried by international brands that spell luxury really well like Gucci, Victoria Secret and Hermes to name a few. These designer items have tried and tested quality as well as a spotless reputation which earned them such a status. And even if these items go on sale, they could still cost an arm and a leg requiring budget-savvy shoppers to break the bank.
Buying items under this class is good from time to time provided that you can put them to good use to maximize their cost.
3. And here’s what great deals are made of… Low Price – Good Quality. From what I've been telling you, I’m pretty sure you understand this group of goods available in retail stores and online shops.
Here are 3 foolproof signs that you snagged a good deal with your low priced item:
- The product is in mint condition. It doesn't have to be superbly engineered but it should at least be functional without carrying out any repairs.
- You found the same product in the same condition at a higher price. This is very common with clothes and shoes and shoe. As an example, I found a chic pair of boots on clearance sale the other day. It has a unique style and a vintage vibe that makes it look like vintage designer pair.
- You actually find yourself using the product. Buying a product at a reasonable price is not reasonable until you get it out of the closet and put it to work. If it’s not like that, consider it as your hard-earned dollars making friends with a couple of dust bunnies.
This Black Friday and Cyber Monday, watch out for these hints to make sure that you get the bang for your buck.
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