Black Friday is coming, with all its enticing deals and exciting offers.
That new PlayStation might suddenly become a possibility on Friday, as the famed discount bonanza takes hold.
Now a permanent fixture in the UK, retailers such as John Lewis, Asda, Tesco, Apple, and others welcome you into their stores with open arms.
As the high streets can get a little violent thanks to everyone’s unrelenting desire for new plasma television sets, many like to stick to online shopping.
The most likely website to do so is Amazon, which introduced the whole thing to the UK. But before you make that purchase, be sure to check out these websites, so you know you’re not getting mugged off.
The best two sites for checking Amazon are Camelcamelcamel and Fakespot.
is one of many product price trackers floating around the web, but it has been popular and reliable for the better part of a decade. Simply copy and paste the URL of whatever item you’re considering, and CCC brings up a chart of how that item’s price has fluctuated over time.
One example where the site works is when Amazon lists products at reduced rates. Supposedly for Black Friday.
Camelcamelcamel will tell you how often it’s been marked at the given price – and whether it’s just been bundled into Black Friday in the hope of a quick sale. It may be available at less than its given price, but it’s still a bit off.
As Business Insider writes: “Though Amazon is home to many legitimate bargains, its status as the best place to shop is often overblown.
“Like with any other retailer, the vast majority of its ‘deals’ aren’t really deals — in fact, some independent studies have found it promotes its own stuff over cheaper options, and that Google is often just as, if not more, competitive.
“It’s all to remind us that retailers aren’t charities.”
The second website is to help us determine the quality of products. Most savvy consumer will check reviews before buying anything – and often, the easiest and most efficient way is to see what other people, who’ve bought the product we’re considering, make of it.
Upsetting as it is, it’s also not uncommon for companies to produce fake, glowing reviews to boost appeal. Amazon fights this, but some still slip under the net.
Fakespot.com identifies how genuine reviews are Again. All you have to do is paste a link, and the site will analyse a product’s user reviews and grade their trustworthiness for you.
If you’re planning to go hard on Black Friday, make sure you check things are legit.