This 2019, Black Friday will fall on the 29th of November, a day after Thanksgiving. Followed by Cyber Monday on the 2nd of December. Online shoppers can also look forward to Cyber Week which encompasses both of these dates and begins on the 25th of November.
Black Friday is a global sales event that promises shoppers astronomical discounts across practically all shopping categories. It’s history can be traced back to the United States and marks the unofficial start of the Christmas shopping season. Despite not being an official holiday, it has become customary for many employers in the United States to give their employees a day off on this date making it the perfect opportunity to spend time with their families and get a head start on their Christmas shopping.
To take advantage of this, retailers across the country often offer major sales to entice crowds and to-date it is recorded as the busiest shopping day of the year in the United States.
Today, Black Friday has found its way across the world and has become a prime date for shoppers looking to enjoy massive discounts from their favourite stores.
Cyber Monday falls on the Monday following Black Friday and is the day of reckoning for many online retailers across the world. This year, Cyber Monday will be the 2nd of December, 2019. While Black Friday was originally an event for brick and mortar stores, Cyber Monday is very much a product of the online shopping world and you’ll be hard pressed to find an online retailer who won’t be participating in this sales event,
From unbeatable discounts on fashion, electronics, home decor and much more, this year’s Cyber Monday is expected to be bigger and better than ever so remember to keep your eyes open as the date draws closer.
Cyber Week is the all encompassing period that includes both Cyber Monday and Black Friday and often starts on the Monday that precedes Black Friday. A teaser period of sorts, online retailers will usually begin to release limited-time discounts as a means of leading up to the Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend. For shoppers, this is a great way to spot bargains on items in their wishlist and get their shop on without having to worry about items flying off the figurative shelf.
Note down all the items you want to get your hands on prior to Black Friday and add them to your wishlist so that when the day rolls in, you’ll be ready to checkout almost immediately. No need to worry about embarking on a frenzied last-minute search for that air fryer you’ve been having your eye on since last week.
Take a top down approach and first get the items that sit at the top of your list. This way if you run out of time or if the servers crash, you’ll already have the items you want the most locked down.
Subscribe to the newsletters of your favourite website (ahem Saleduck ahem) to get the scoop on the latest deals and offers sent right to your inbox. This will allow you to identify exactly what you want to zero-in on as Black Friday draws closer.
Cyber Week starts on the Monday before Black Friday, which is November 25 in 2019. During this time, you’ll notice that plenty of online merchants have already begun to roll out attractive discounts on selected items in-store, take advantage of this opportunity to get a headstart on your shopping.
Here you can find an overview of all the ongoing Black Friday deals and coupon codes from your favourite shopping sites to help you shop more efficiently so if you haven’t already, remember to sign up as a member on Saleduck Deals Community before Black Friday comes around.
No longer just an event for physical retailers, Black Friday is very much a part of the e-commerce world as well. Skip the malls and queues and just hit up the online stores of your favourite retailers to find exclusive online offers, wider product inventories and much more while you shop from the comforts of your own home.
Numerous websites offer early-bird and late-comer promotions so always remember to keep a look out a few days ahead and after peak shopping periods to potentially get your hands on these offerings.
The surge in traffic across thousands of online retail channels during this period means a massive increase in sales figures for retailers and bargains for shoppers but there’s a dark side to it as well.
Cybercrime is still a major concern when it comes to online shopping and unfortunately, the existence of phishing cases and fraudulent websites are still prevalent. While this should not be a deterrent to you participating in this year’s Black Friday, being an educated customer is definitely an important part of keeping your privacy safe and ensuring that your cybersecurity isn’t compromised. The number of people who know someone who is a victim of cyber crime is still increasing every year. Make sure that this does not happen to you and be alert when buying products online.
Some examples of cybercrime include:
Used to redirect users to fraudulent websites that sell you fake products or in some cases, will install malicous software into your computer when you click into the site. These often surface when someone searches using keywords such as “Top Black Friday Deals” and etc
Phishing refers to attempts to obtain personal information such as passwords and credit card details under the guise of being a trustworthy institution. As these emails can be difficult to identify, people often respond to these emails thinking that they come from a legitimate source and wind up getting scammed
Although people are becoming increasingly aware of the risks that come with online shopping, hackers continue to exist and evolve. To keep yourself safe, it’s absolutely crucial to do your due diligence and abide by these three golden rules:
With its crazy sales, Black Friday is no stranger to massive crowds and with stores filled to the brim with discount-hungry shoppers, it’s no surprise that it’s hosted some pretty bizarre occurrences. Check out this video of what went down in a store in the UK :
Don’t want to be subjected to the madness above? Give the crowds a miss and opt to shop online instead!