- Research — start your Black Friday 2012 sale research now, on websites like BlackFriday.com, so you are ready for the best buys. Last year, ToysRUS opened for Black Friday at 10 PM Thursday, and Target and Macy’s opened at Midnight Thursday. In NYC, the Lord & Taylor flagship store on Fifth Avenue is open Thanksgiving Day with Black Friday bargains.
- Make a plan — identify what you want to buy, which stores have the best sales on Black Friday, and what time they open
- Get social — Sign up with your favorite stores on Facebook, Twitter and other social media for exclusive discounts for fans who Like, Follow and Check In. You can also download third-party mobile apps such as Red Laser and Shopkick to help you comparison shop on the go, earn rewards, or find coupons. Red Laser and Shopkick are two to try.4. Socialize with your favorite stores.
- Timing is everything —arrange your on-site shopping by opening time, from early to late. Do as much shopping as you can on-line to avoid the crowds.
- A fool and his money –be wary of Black Friday deals with quantity limits. If a store advertises it has only ten items of something you want, go elsewhere, whether you are shopping online or in-store.
- Visualize — know where your items are in the store.
- Stay safe — In past years, Black Friday sales were honestly deadly; even with beefed up security, use common sense and common courtesy
- Bring a snack —only amateurs stop at the food court on Black Friday. Don’t waste time waiting on line for food. Actually, lunchtime is a great time to shop — while others are scsrfing down the calories, you are getting the shopping bargains.
One final tip — do as much shopping as you can online, to avoid the crowds and stress. Subscribe to NYC on the Cheap — it’s FREE — so you don’t miss anything. Check the NYCOTC DAILY DEALS round-up page for great voucher deals from Groupon, Living Social, Saveology and others.