5 Best Shopping Tips for

    Black Friday 2016

Black Friday: History of the biggest sales event in the world

There are several opinions of why the day after Thanksgiving is called Black Friday. According to the most popular version, this term dates back to 1960s to mark the beginning of the Christmas shopping season in the United States. “Black” indicates a profit in the accounting books of retail stores made by the latter due to more-than-ever generous holiday shoppers.

To say that today Black Friday is a popular sales event is to say nothing! Recently US marketing researchers found that 3 out of 4 Americans usually shop during Black Friday or Thanksgiving discount shopping season. Why? The answer is simple: majority of retailers offer amazing deals and discounts on this day. More so, some «doorbusters» from leading retail stores are that good that they cause bargain-crazed shoppers to lose control and get involved in infamous Black Friday fights that end up on Youtube.

Even though Black Friday in its shopping sense started as a US-only event,  today Black Friday sales turned into an international shopping madness.

When is Black Friday this year?

REMEMBER this year’s Black Friday date

25 November 2016

Black Friday: now and then

In the past most of Americans would head to malls on the Black Friday morning, or even camp outside shopping malls all night long in order to beat the queue. Today most of leading retailers (such as Target, Walmart, Best Buy) give shoppers a chance to start shopping several days or even weeks earlier by promoting Black Friday specials at best Best Friday prices online.

American stores start «leaking” information about the best Black Friday deals well beforehand to get their customers plan their shopping ahead, and some even extend their Black Friday offers until the beginning of December. On average, online Black Friday sales start early to mid-November.

Nowadays extended Black Friday dates lead to rise of online shopping during these dates, so shop from the comfort of your own home with ease!

Tip 1. Start planning your Black Friday shopping well in advance. Do your research: sign up for stores’ newsletters, review Black Friday deals and start checking Black Friday offers in early November. Don’t forget to make wish lists and add your favorite items to the cart.

Black Friday Specials: What to Buy

Some of the most popular Black Friday deals include discounts on gadgets and electronics. Tech manufacturers such as Dell, Apple, Lenovo, HP, Samsung etc. as well as large retailers including Best Buy and Target never disappoint their customers when it comes to fantastic Black Friday laptop deals, discounted smartphones and tablets, computer games and gaming laptops (e.g. Xbox).

Tip 2. You probably won’t find brand-new tech at very low prices during Black Friday sales 2016 period. However, you should look up for the tech released in previous seasons: older models are still in very good condition and are up to date!

As announced by Best Buy, this retailer is already counting down the days when the lowest prices roll out on the tech items. Deals would be available in stores as well as online.

Tip 3. Remember that some gadgets (e.g. Apple products ) are better to buy not from the manufacturer but from a retailer such as Best Buy or Target.

Another popular Black Friday shopping category is clothes and shoes for kids and adults. Warning: if you are into fashion, Black Friday clothing and footwear deals will be hard to resist!

In the past some of the best deals on clothing  and shoes for kids and adults during Black Friday USA shopping season were offered by Kohls.com. A well-known US online store 6pm.com was a great shopping destination. Online shoppers were able to get discounts of up to 75% on famous brands such as UGG, Patagonia, Steve Madden, Merrell and many more. We are certain that this year our favorite stores won’t disappoint you either!

Variety of discounted items for children  will be also offered by the most popular retailers such as GAP, Gymboree, Carters etc.

The biggest Black Friday sellers

Walmart
Target
Amazon
Ebay
Best Buy
Kohl’s
Sears
Macy’s
Ralph Lauren
Gap
Aeropostale
Zappos
Victoria’s Secret and many more

You can find a full list of retailers on blackfriday.comTo avoid disappointment we recommend to contact our Support team at help@shopfans.com before placing your order, in order to make sure that in the past the store shipped to our US warehouse address without any issue.

Cyber Monday

Don’t forget about Cyber Monday, the first Monday after Thanksgiving! That day online retail giants such as US Amazon, Ebay, Walmart, Newegg and others offer fantastic deals on variety of merchandise, including some of the season’s most-wanted items.

Tip 4. Be a savvy shopper: use advice of deal bloggers, shopping applications and price comparison websites to track the best Cyber Monday deals. From our experience, on that day retailers offer great deals on cameras, home appliances and toys. Some of these door-busters even beat Black Friday specials!

US address  to get 100% access to all Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals

Tip 5. Most importantly, to get the most of US 2016 Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping deals, you need to obtain a virtual US address through one of parcel forwarding companies that would be able to redirect your purchases to Australia. With your personal postal US address all Black Friday sales and specials, free or cheap delivery within the States and limited time offers reserved for American shoppers become available to you too. 

Some parcel forwarders offer “no commitment” and 100% free US address in one or several tax-free US states, which allows international buyers to save even more on online shopping. Learn more about benefits of US postal address for shopping or sign now for your free US address now.

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