Black Friday has become one of Ireland’s biggest sales over the past few years.
Strong shoppers are encouraged to research reviews and regular prices before Black Friday to see if they’re getting a good deal.
Consumers should keep in mind that while Black Friday may offer some great discounts, not all deals are as good as they seem.
It used to be a tradition exclusive to the United States but now drives Irish shoppers into a frenzy every November.
Black Friday originated in the US with retailers dropping prices the day after Thanksgiving in the hope of enticing customers.
Massive discounts, deals and offers are supposed to encourage shoppers to get all their Christmas presents ready in advance of their December purchases.
In the last few years, Irish retailers have jumped on the bandwagon, delighting those looking for a bargain.
This year, Black Friday falls on November 25, although some retailers are extending their bargains beyond that date.
Most online retailers participate in the Black Friday sale, and this year promises to be no exception.
Some of the best deals will be found online as the deals drop at midnight.
However, if you can afford to deal with the hoard of bargain hunters and Irish weather, some shops will open much earlier than usual, from around 6am.
Lots of big names are involved in the shopping phenomenon – from clothing stores to electronics stores, sports retailers to online retailers.
Cyber Monday is another big sale day to look out for, offers the best online deals, and falls on November 28.
Last year’s Black Friday was an unusual event as worldwide supply chains remained in turmoil due to lockdowns imposed in countries across the globe to limit the spread of Covid-19.
As a result, some sale items are missing, but everything will be back to normal this year.
Shoppers are also being warned to watch out for online criminals and scams this Black Friday.
Electronics, exercise machines, phones, and clothing are common products used to entice victims.
Criminals set up fake websites and may offer bogus, shoddy goods or never arrive.
If you can afford to deal with the hoards of bargain hunters and Irish weather, some shops will open much earlier than usual, from around 6am.
Three Black Friday tips for Irish shoppers
1. Know what you want – figure out what you need or want to buy and how much you’re prepared to spend before you start shopping during the sale.
2. Do your research and research deals ahead of time – sign up for your favorite retailer’s newsletter for inside tips, or check their social media pages before discounts for any clues or hints as to what will be offered.
3. Make sure you’re getting a real deal – check prices on previous days to make sure you’re actually getting a good deal.
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