Black Friday is just a week away and the flyers are already online. That means you have everything you need to comparison shop. But with literally thousands of sales, that process can be overwhelming. So we’ve done some homework for you and talked to experts on how you can snag the best price.
This year Brian MacDonald plans to shop this Black Friday for the first time ever.
“There seems to be deeper discounts this year than there have in year’s past. So the pain threshold almost seems like it’s worth it,” he said with a smile.
Analysts with WalletHub agree, and say if it’s not at least 40% off, don’t buy it.
The company scoured 8000 deals from 35 top retailers, and found Macy’s has the highest average discount of 63%.
WalletHub did a lot of the homework for you, matching the best store for each product category, according to the discounts offered.
“Go through your list and make sure to match exactly which retailers are the best discounts for that specific product or category. Apparel for instance, you might be getting 70% off at one store, while the other is offering 40% off,” said Jill Gonzalez, a Wallet Hub analyst.
We also checked in with a few local stores. Sears has half off major appliances.
Spartanburg store Manager Apryl McCoun also adds “we are giving tools away, basically.”
At Best Buy, a Toshiba 4K TV will be more than 50% off.
“A 50 inch for 200 bucks, that’s stupid crazy,” said Ryan Gentry, the Best Buy Sales Manager in Spartanburg.
He adds, “and computers, I’ve never seen a computer that cheap, for 99 bucks.”
“Wherever you shop, come armed with a cell phone, and here are 2 great resources. The Black Friday Database allows you to quickly search your item to see if it’s cheaper elsewhere. And the Amazon app lets you do that using a bar-code scanner.
Keep in mind, you’ll see the most deals on toys, but they won’t be rock bottom. Jewelry will be the most steep, but those deals much more rare.
Stacey admits, he may wait on line, but won’t be one of those people “tenting it.”