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Proven tips to better online shopping on Black Friday

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

Black Friday is one of the most anticipated events happening every year. Many people go shopping-crazy on this event. But one tried and true way of avoiding the rush and cashing in on the deals is shopping online.

There are several popular shopping websites that provide a great opportunity to buy popular items in the market at unbelievable discounts on Black Friday. However, not all sites are legitimate, and online shoppers must be careful to avoid losing their money.

Smart ways to perform Black Friday online shopping:

1. Go for only reputable online shopping websites: Shopping at popular online websites such as Amazon, Yahoo Shopping, Shopping.com, Walmart.com is strongly recommended. These websites provide full safety while shopping online. They have special security software installed which avoids leaking your sensitive information such as your personal data, including your bank information. You can be assured of financial privacy while shopping at these websites.

2.Stay away from bogus free product websites: There are several con artists and online scam websites that lure new clients to their websites by providing them a chance to win popular products for free. These websites take personal information from you and charge a one-time fee from your credit card as a shipping and handling charges. In reality, they do not send free products to everyone. These websites are built to scam people online. So stay away from such websites and do not get lured by free product offers.

3. Use popular sites providing online coupons, discounts, and great deals: There are special Black Friday online shopping websites that provide special coupons, discounts, and other deals on that day. Take advantage of these coupons and use them at popular websites while purchasing items to get attractive savings. Many websites also offer free shipping and handling for purchasing popular products at their store.

4.Beat the crowds with night owl discounts on Thanksgiving:

Internet shoppers can beat the early birds by shopping online in the pre-dawn hours of Black Friday. Many retailers will be posting their Black Friday specials, which can be ordered online. Special "Web only" deals will also be available, starting as early as Thanksgiving eve. Many of the aggressive outlet malls and factory stores will be opening Thursday at midnight with early bird promotions in hopes of capturing your dollars before the competition has opened.

5. Compare prices: Utilise price-comparison Internet shopping sites to assist you in comparing product prices. Compare the 'options' included with the product. Some retailers will low-ball the advertised price on a stripped-down product, and then you will be charged extra for the necessary parts that will make the product perform as expected. A good example of this is often seen with super low-priced computer printers that come without the cable (cord) or printer ink.