Black Friday tips for cyber-shoppers as discount season kicks off

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Black Friday has become one of the single best days of the year to buy a auto.

Target stores will be open from 6 p.m.to midnight on Thanksgiving, and will reopen at 6 a.m. Friday.

E-mail marketing. Research suggests people open their e-mails 60 per cent more often than usual around Black Friday weekend, so businesses make hay by offering deals and discounts. Black Friday, store manager Mandy Handley said. You just have to know where to look.

In the past, Black Friday was all about hitting the shops and Cyber Monday was when you could go online for some top deals. There probably will be little time for detailed questions, in-depth negotiations or lengthy vehicle demonstrations at dealerships that day. But roughly 10 years since then, another company has thrown a wrench into the Black Friday biorhythm: Amazon.

"I think Black Friday shopping is really excessive and even risky because of those stories you hear of people getting stomped to death at Walmart and stuff like that", Stea said.

If you see a good deal, snag it. For those that don't, there's still time to download the app, register, login and shop in store and online and earn R100 or more in your mWallet to qualify for the Black Friday early access.

Tribune Chronicle / R. Michael Semple Tracy McBride of Cortland and her husband, Joseph, do some early holiday shopping at Super Kmart in the Eastwood Mall Complex Friday. Don't forget to look for rebates and incentives.

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"When you're in a group of people, and they're all doing the same thing, it promotes that same action in you", Markman says.

The concept derives from the USA, where sales start on the first Friday after Thanksgiving Day, known as Black Friday.

If you're serious about the getting the best deal possible, reach out soon to somebody in the dealership's internet sales department and ask to be notified about Black Friday specials. Instead, pay attention to the total deal being offered. Others give away service packages and zero-percent interest loans on vehicles that normally wouldn't qualify for rates that low. "People get ready to start shopping that week, or complete shopping that week".

This year the National Retail Federation surveyed more than 7,000 consumers in October, and for the first time in survey history, online is the most popular shopping destination this year, with 59 percent of consumers reporting it's their preference.

Early deals and online options means she's already snagged several good deals. This strategy will help you beat the crowds, which can really speed up your deal.

Do sales paperwork from home on Thanksgiving Eve. He recommends setting up a dedicated online shopping account with strict credit and overdraft limits, with only enough money to buy what you need - or use the e-bucks, Discovery Rewards and Avios points you've been collecting all year. Having the dealership prepare some or all of the paperwork for you the night before the holiday will drastically reduce wait time at the dealership on Black Friday.

When you are in the store, ask workers how long certain sales will last, if there is more in the back or what the store return policy is. Make sure you don't go down the rabbit hole and end up buying stuff that is not on that list. You'll need your driver's license, a copy of your current auto insurance card, the title or payment bill for your trade-in, and your down payment to buy the vehicle.

Have your paperwork in order.

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