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5 Things Stores Won’t Tell You This Black Friday

Black Friday Bargain Hunters Hit The Streets In Madrid And Barcelona
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Most people think of Black Friday as the official kickoff to the holiday shopping season and retailers love that we flood their stores, but here something you might not know- there are a bunch of Black Friday secrets that stores don’t want you to know.


Some sales aren’t that special.



Doesn’t it seem like very store screams in our faces that they’ve got a mega, mega sale? Well, guess what? Most ofg those stores aren’t as glitzy as they want you to belive.  It’s a totally normal that you and I would want to buy something because it’s got a big fat red sale sticker slapped on it, but that doesn’t mean the sale price is really a great price. Do a little homework before you get suckered in. .



You may have to practically sell your soul to get a deal.



If you want to get your hands on the best of the best Black Friday sales this year, you’re almost guaranteed to have to pony up some personal info. A lot of times you’ll only get the discount if you give your personal info. Most stores won’t share your info with anyone else, but some will. Want the deal, but don’t want to get slammed? Do what I do and give your name and then an email address that you’ve set up only for Black Friday shopping.



That sale? It might not really be a sale THAT day.



If you’ve ever been Black Friday shopping, then you know a lot of stores will hand out flyers with discount coupons or rebates. But get this- a lot of those can’t be used on Black Friday- most often the coupons are only good for in-store use 4-6 weeks later. That goes for rebates, too. More often than not, it’ll take up to two months to get your rebate check. Ouch.



Supplies are limited.



You’ve seen the fliers saying that supplies are limited, but is that for real? Sure is. Remember the movie, Jingle All the Way? That.



Black Friday is actually all the time.



Look, I’m not going to judge if you shop on Black Friday because I get it. There’s something exhilarating about hunting for a bargain, scooping it up, and saving cash. But consider this- many of the Black Friday discounts are everyday prices somewhere else. Looking for the absolute best price? You’ll probably find it online.


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