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Shoppers opting to skip Black Friday crowds, say it's just another day

Black Friday 2017 GETTY STOCK IMAGE BLACK FRIDAY Here are the best tips for the biggest shopping day of the year
Nellie Chapman | 15 November, 2017, 13:19

Even though e-commerce has had a significant effect on brick-and-mortar businesses over the past 20 years, a new national poll shows online shopping has yet to overtake in-store purchases in terms of popularity, especially during the holiday season. In 2015, we got a sense for how limited that could be when Sears plastered a Kenmore Elite washer and dryer on the front page of its Black Friday ad, with the promise of 51% off on the pair.

A question remains just how many people will venture out Thanksgiving evening and what impact it will have on Black Friday, annually the busiest shopping day of the year.

Which item are you planning to purchase on Black Friday?

The department store says it will be offering cheap deals and Black Friday and Cyber Monday discounts across "home, fashion, electricals and technology, including appliances, computers and TVs".

STRAIGHT after the madness of Black Friday comes a second burst of big bargains - giving shoppers who missed out of Friday's offers a second chance to stock up on deals ahead of Christmas.

BestBlackFriday.com has a comprehensive list of what's open and closed on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Women will buy more clothing than men, with 51 percent of adult women choosing clothing as the number one item they'll buy on Black Friday and 61 percent of teen girls also choosing it.

Black Friday US vs UK
Black Friday US vs UK Black Friday US vs UK

Many big retailers will be leaving their discounts up all weekend and finishing in a blaze of glory on November 27 A.K.A Cyber Monday. Canadians from coast to coast will be trying to cut the best deals possible in the run-up to Christmas Day, with the average Canadian spending around $1,500 over the holidays. That will largely be due to the great deals retailers such as Target offer on standalone consoles as well as part of video game bundles.

Simply put, Black Friday does not have to be as hysterical as it usually is.

An important note: just because the mall is open does not mean all its stores are. Bottom line: Don't spend too much time or effort trying to snag a store's doorbuster deal, because, unless you're first in line or up at 5am, you're not going to get that deal. That means that before you buy anything, you should cross check it against other retailers to make sure you've truly found the lowest price. Check deal threads on sites like HotUKDeals where deal savvy members will share their knowledge of sale prices and RRP's to ensure you're getting the best deal.

If you're shopping online use a credit card or use PayPal. Check forums where people discuss retailers and customer experiences to ensure you don't get caught out. Find the best deal on the specific product you're looking for.

Many retailers will offer a special reduction, deal or sale on their online store on Cyber Monday only applicable to items bought online. Make sure that you double-check shipping policy before you finalize any deal.