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Get a jumpstart on Black Friday

Published:Tuesday | November 25, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Karen Blair, Features Writer

Arguably the busiest retail shopping day of the year in the USA, Black Friday is usually celebrated on the Friday following Thanksgiving with sought-after stores such as Sears, Best Buy, Macy's, Toys 'R' Us, Walmart, and Target opening as early as midnight and giving huge discounts to kick off the Christmas shopping season.

While it is not an official holiday, many workers have the day off as part of the Thanksgiving holiday, and in many cities, thousands of shoppers make long queues as early as 5 a.m. to be the first few inside the stores to grab at big-ticket items now heavily discounted. On occasion, injuries and even fatalities are reported.

Of course, anyone wishing to get great bargains before Christmas would be hard-pressed to stay away from the Black Friday madness, but you can - with the help of credit cards and couriers.

Forget the hassle of joining throngs of shoppers in laborious lines; forget making a mad dash for those to-die-for shoes; and don't even blink an eye at having to eat lunch in the long check-out lines.

Now, you can do your shopping from the comfort of your home and simply add the items you want to a virtual basket.


An increasing number of courier companies have emerged on the market, giving Jamaican shoppers the ease of purchasing items overseas online, clearing them at customs and having them shipped directly to their doorsteps. Quick, easy, affordable, and convenient.

Don't have a credit card? That is no problem. Several courier companies offer credit card service facilities. Simply use their credit card, US mailing address, and before long, your package will be on your doorstep.

So what are you waiting for? Put pen to paper and start listing all your Black Friday steals that will make your Christmas shopping an online breeze.