3. Buy online
Not a fan of the big crowds? Whip out your laptop and score deals from your couch. In-store Black Friday bargains are generally also available online and on apps. Doorbusters, however, are only up for grabs in person.
4. Be skeptical
Some of the reductions you find may be for outdated models. Also, some products may not actually be a steal. Beware of inflated discounts when retailers offer a steep rollback for an already overpriced item.
5. Check for early and late deals
It’s common for people to hit the malls early. In fact, many deals start Wednesday. However, you may be able to take advantage of late bargains. Some discounts become available later in the day.
6. Understand the return policy
The rules differ at each store. While some return policies are only valid for 30 days, other may not offer one at all. It’s also a good idea to grab gift receipts to make the exchange or return process easier.
7. Be nice
Be friendly to employees you encounter, and chat with people you’re waiting in line with. They both may be able to help you spot additional bargains.