Holiday shopping secrets
MILWAUKEE - If you are planning to do some holiday shopping this week, listen up.
There are a few secrets on how to get the best deals at the best times without getting taken.
What will some of the hottest buys be, and how do we find them?
There will be some great deals on toys, apparrel, and electronics, especially TV's, tablets, gaming systems, and e-readers, but you want to pay particular attention to deals that involve bundling several items together, or offering generous store gift cards with purchase.
The best way to get a jump on some of these deals is by
- Watching for information to post on popular and reputable websites
- Talking to store associates who may have some inside information
- Checking out flyers and coupons that you have probably already received in the mail.
You might also be able to get the best deals by shopping online.
When is the best time to shop for some of these deals?
Although you would think that the best time would be when the doors open on Black Friday, you might actually be able to take advantage of some of these deals the night before Thanksgiving.
The best way to get a jump on some of these deals some stores will start putting out merchandise an hour or two before they close on Wednesday.
If you are in the store, and see some of these early posting of the Black Firday deals, ask if you can take advantage of the offer that evening.
Some will honor the deals, and some will not, but it is always worth asking.
What kinds of deals may not be such good deals?
Watch out for deals that involved complicated rebate schemes, stripped down or knock off versions of popular items, or special pricing on products that may be of inferior quality.
Before you buy, do your homework.
Check out the reputation of the product online or by asking a store associate.
Fully understand the terms and conditions of store and product warranties, as well as return policies.