Black Friday: A detailed guide & baby steps to get juicy deals (+ free tips)

A lot of people have heard the phrase ‘Black Friday’, but are still confused as to what it really means.

A lot of questions pop up in the heads of most people when they hear the phrase, while some are completely clueless when it comes to shopping from retail stores during this season.

In this blog post, we’ll walk you through what ‘Black Friday’ is really about, at the same time, answer all the questions you might have about this special event.

We believe that if you know better, you’d be able to get your hands on amazing deals off retail stores during their Black Friday Sales.

Let’s dive in.

What is Black Friday about?

What comes to mind when you hear that phrase? Nothing? Then, read on.

Black Friday is a part of the holiday season where retail stores offer sales at discounted prices to kick off the holiday season.

Black Friday usually starts a day after thanksgiving.

Many people use that day as an opportunity to shop for the festive season.

Since 2005, it has been the busiest shopping day of the year. Human beings won’t take time to jump on goldmine opportunities like this, you know.

It is a typical day full of special shopping deals and heavy discounts.

A lot of individuals look forward to this day, because a lot of retail stores place irresistible discounts on their goods like electronics, toys and some other items.

The competition on this day is massive – to a large extent, because most of the special deals are usually available in limited quantities.

Why is it called Black Friday?

Let’s go back to the 1960s. Shall we?

Historians believe it all started in Philadelphia, during the mid 1960s.

Then, bus drivers and policemen noticed there was always heavy traffic that would clog the cities the day after Thanksgiving due to the shopping spree that happened in stores.

Due to that reoccurrence, they tagged it ‘Black Friday.’

In the 1980s, a positive explanation came to light.

They came up with an another explanation of the term ‘Black Friday,’

In accounting terms, positive amounts (profits) were usually shown in black ink.

Normally, they noticed Black Friday as the day retailers finally begin to turn a profit for the year.

So, they came up with the name ‘Black Friday’

It became recognized as the beginning of the US Christmas shopping season.

Black Friday wasn’t so popular until recently as the season marked the day retail stores open early and offer various discounted sales to kick off the holiday season.

Is Black Friday really cheaper?

Yes, it is. We get that it might be impossible to believe if these goods are really cheaper, and often times, can be considered too good to be true.

To be on the safer side, its better you get tech products on these days. In addition, before you add any item to your cart, do a little research.

At the same time, you shouldn’t jump into black Friday and impulse-buy everything you find.

All the same, we can assure you that Black Friday sales are worth shopping.

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Who has the best Black Friday deals?

Black Friday started in the US, but has spread to several countries, Nigeria inclusive.

Retailers in Nigeria have to keep up with the trends of the world, and it was only a matter of time before it hit on the country’s shores.

Let’s take a look at the best retail stores for black Friday deals:

1. Jumia Black Friday Sales

Jumia was the first online store to introduce the Black Friday frenzy to Nigeria.

They started in 2014, and since its inception, it has been wowing shoppers with their massive discounts.

In 2019, Jumia reported that it had hit a record of attracting over 100 million unique visitors to Jumia’s mobile applications and portals during the event.

Jumia Black Friday holds every Friday in November.

This year, it is scheduled to hold from November 6th to November 28th.

2. Konga Yakata Sales

To keep up with Jumia, Konga created its Yakata Slaes.

No official date has been set for Konga, but it is known that it will be sometime in November. So watch out.

Some deals to look out for include: mouth watering electronic slash prices, kitchen appliances, and much more.

3. Slot Nigeria

Slot is Nigeria’s largest electronics retail store, and because of this, shoppers always expect to get the best deal on phones and gadgets every November.

4. Shoprite Nigeria

Shoprite has quickly dominated the market space for smaller supermarkets.

To give back to the society that shops from their retail outlets, they began to participate in the yearly Black Friday discount extravaganza.

How do I get the best deals on black Friday?

Now, this is where you need to pay proper attention to.

See below the list of 5 best ways to get the most out of a Black Friday season, even for a novice in the game.

1. Plan in advance

This might come as a shock, but you need a game plan to make the most of Black Friday.

If you check around, you’ll see that Black Friday Ads are already out.

This is the time to browse the ads, and craft your shopping list, so you don’t get confused in the heat of the moment.

2. Know the different days in the season

As you make your shopping list, have it at the back of your mind that every day of the season tends to offer different deals on different teams.

For example, Thanksgiving Day is the best day to shop for Iphones, tablets, and gaming items.

3. Do a proper research

Don’t assume that every deal is a good deal, not every sale will be good.

Before you add any item to your cart, do a little research so you can be confident you’re getting the best possible price, and also buy from brands you’re familiar with.

4. Visit ecommerce websites, not just traditional retail stores.

A vast majority of amazing deals during the season will be available on ecommerce websites.

If you aren’t interested in getting home deliveries, then this isn’t for you.

While buying from website, be sure to check if the items will be available only in stores, or can be found online. This helps you decide what you can add to your cart.

5. Don’t expect free shipping

If you’re going to be getting your items from ecommerce stores, don’t expect it to be shipped to your doorstep for free.

How do you shop on black Friday?

To get started with shopping do these:

1. Make a shopping list

Like we said earlier, know what you want to buy beforehand to avoid impulse buying.

2. Use discounted gift cards

3. Sign up for emails

Decide which stores you will shop from this year, visit each website and sign up for newsletters.

4. Price check in the store

When you shop in store, always check to see if what you want to buy is less expensive somewhere else.

We hope this detailed blog post was useful to you as an amateur who knows little or nothing about black Friday sales.

If it was, share to someone else that would need this information.

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