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What is Black Friday All About?

Black Friday is an American phenomenon that has slowly started catching on in South Africa.
This day has ushered in the festive season shopping period in the United States of America since the 1950s. For the love of shopping and good deals, this day has been wreaking havoc in the country since 2011. The week of Black Friday typically sees retailers offering deals on a wide range of products from the Monday, with the real discounts usually put up from Black Friday to Cyber Monday. If you plan to buy products or services on Black Friday, you are likely to save a big chunk of what you would have spent at “normal” retail prices.

The Origin of Black Friday
The Origin of Black Friday

The Origin of Black Friday

The earliest evidence of Black Friday applied to the day after Thanksgiving in a shopping context suggests that the term originated in Philadelphia, in the US where it was used to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic that would occur on the day after Thanksgiving. This usage dates to at least 1961. More than twenty years later, as the phrase became more widespread, a popular explanation became that this day represented the point in the year when retailers begin to turn a profit, thus going from being "in the red" to being "in the black". For many years, it was common for retailers to open at 6:00 a.m., but in the late 2000s many had crept to 5:00 or 4:00. This was taken to a new extreme in 2011, when several retailers opened at midnight for the first time. In 2012, Walmart and several other retailers announced that they would open most of their stores at 8:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, prompting calls for a walkout among some workers. In 2014, stores such as JCPenney, Best Buy, and Radio Shack opened at 5:00 pm. There have been reports of violence occurring between shoppers on Black Friday.

Take Advantage of Black Friday
Take Advantage of Black Friday

Take Advantage of Black Friday

In order to take advantage of this, virtually all retailers in the country, big and small, offer various sales including limited amounts of items to entice traffic in their shops. Recent years have seen retailers extend beyond normal hours in order to maintain an edge or to simply keep up with the competition. Knowing where to buy can be very confusing. Your first step is to make a list of everything you want to buy on Black Friday.
There are so many websites with great deals on fashion and hair products. This will let you find what you are looking for quicker and stop you from buying unnecessary items. Outline your list and rank your items in order of “most important” to “least important” so you don’t run out of money before you have all your “essentials”. Black Friday is a shopping day that marks the unofficial beginning of the Christmas shopping season. Take advantage of it, don't let the craze pass you by.

Know Where to Shop
Know Where to Shop

Know Where to Shop

Once you have your list, find out how much “normal” pricing for the items are. Some shops are offering from as much as 20% off their usual pricing. Take each item and look at how much it costs from a variety of retailers. Once you have found the lowest price, note the price next to the item on your list. Hair House warehouse is already offering great deals on professional hair products leading up to the big day. Knowing where to shop will ensure you get a decent discount on the normal price on Black Friday.
If you plan to buy an item online, visit the online stores you may shop from on Black Friday and familiarise yourself with their interfaces. If you have ordered from the online store before, make sure your profile is up to date and active.
Many online stores may have limited stock or time-based deals, and you do not want to miss out on them because you do not know how to buy and check out, or you have to re-register your profile

Check Delivery Times
Check Delivery Times

Check Delivery Times

Due to high demand and potential supply issues with retailers to fulfil all orders, you may have to wait several weeks for your Black Friday orders to be delivered. It is important to check online retailers’ information pages or terms and conditions.
Black Friday is a good time to order Christmas, birthday, or holiday gifts – HairHouse Warehouse has great gift packs on sale and this is the time to make sure you stock up on these.
It is also important to check in advance if you can return your purchases - Most outlets, both online and physical, will accept returns for Black Friday purchases, it’s worth checking terms and conditions in advance to make sure that any purchases made can be returned.
Don’t be an emotional spender. Always remember your financial goals and keep to your budget.
Set a budget - Decide ahead of time what you plan to spend on the Black Friday sales and stick to it.