Of course, most Bitterwallet readers are seasoned bargain snufflers who need no help (if we ignore the appalling personal hygiene and social skills issues), but for those new to Black Friday, we've got some top tips!
Click here to see all the best Black Friday bargains. That's as good a place to start as any!
If you're determined to grab a bargain, you're going to have to get up early. If you're mad/brave enough to get down the shops to wrestle someone for a new telly, then you'll have to start queuing up the night before. If you're sticking to online sales, then you need to be up bright and early before the shops run out of stock.
KNOW WHAT YOU NEED!
Research what you're after now. If you start panic buying gadgets because they're cheap, rather than good, then you've only yourself to blame. There's a difference between stuff that is genuinely marked down and stuff the shops couldn't get rid of last week, but are now throwing in your face because you're determined to spend some money. Stores also do peculiar things with strategic product placement in their shops on Black Friday, so don't be wooed by them throwing lousy products at you.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS!
Remember: keep your receipts. The madness of Black Friday might see you lumbered with something rubbish and you can still return things to the shops. You are covered by the Sale of Goods Act 1979, so don't fret.
GO WITH WHO YOU TRUST!
There'll be a lot of fraudsters online this week, so keep an eye out for them. If you're unsure about the validity of somewhere or a bargain seems too good to be true, then walk away. Stick to the names you know and trust.
DON'T FORGET CYBER MONDAY!
There's going to be a lot of bargains knocking about on Cyber Monday and a good number of people think it'll offer even more good deals than Black Friday. If you miss out, then you've got another day of sales.
Don't assume that the prices online are the same as the prices in-store on Black Friday. If you're serious about Black Friday, get down the shops first while checking out the deals online.
THE 40% RULE!
If you're buying clothes, shoes or accessories, Black Friday might not actually be the best time of the year to pick up a bargain (January is usually better). With that, it is worth applying the rule of ignoring anything that offers less than 40% off the full retail price.