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The Facts Behind Some Common Black Friday Myths


Black Friday is fast approaching, and even if you don’t make it to the mall, you probably assume that every person out there will soon be fighting waves of toy riots and security personnel to be the first ones in line. However, the reality is that most of what you believe about Black Friday is a myth, including the day it falls on.

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The following are some of the most common Black Friday myths, some of the bad deals involved and how to avoid them:

Black Friday sales actually begin on Black Friday

The fact is that numerous retailers tend to launch their Black Friday sales as early as one to two weeks before that namesake day. For instance, Amazon offers deals beginning on 19th November. Some deals even tend to sell out way before Black Friday. The good thing is that you can make use bit of information and do some early sales shopping.

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Have adequate stock of door busters

Door busters refer to exceptionally low-priced items that are used to generate buzz and entice shoppers to visit their local malls. However, the reality is that most retailers tend to have limited quantities of these kinds of products, and it is most likely that only the first few shoppers will be lucky enough to snag them off the shelf. For instance, one of last year’s mythic door busters was Sharp’s 42 inch HDTV deal for $199 at Best Buy. However, the retailer was only able to guarantee 10 units in each store.

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You have to camp out in line in order to get the best Black Friday deals

One of the myths about Black Friday is that if you are in search of limited, in-demand, and exceptional favorable sales items, you have to be first one in line when the store opens in order for you to get what you want. However, the reality is that these days Black Friday deals are becoming more available online as well as in stores. In fact, it was discovered during last year’s sales rush, around 70% of the in-store Black Friday deals could also be found online for the same price or less.

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Nobody can beat Black Friday Prices

This myth was busted after Best Buy made announced last week that it would match Amazon’s Black Friday sales offers. Also, an extensive list of other stores plan to release their price lists in order to match or beat competitor’s prices. Last year, Home Depot, Amazon, and Meijer were able to match competitor prices, and in certain cases offered better deals.

Did you believe any of these Black Friday myths? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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