Shopping on Black Friday for a Camera

Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year. To us photographers it means the exciting phrase: Black Friday camera sales. For those of you that don't know, Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving. It's the first official day of holiday shopping and retailers all across America open up super early and offer all kinds of exciting deals that you won't see 364 days out of the year to draw shoppers in. Actually, some of these sales carry into the Saturday and Sunday of that week, but by that time a lot of merchandise is gone.

How to Find Deals

If you want to make the most out of the deals, then you need to do a little research. Retailers begin announcing their sales about a month before Black Friday. You can effectively use the Internet to find out what they're planning. This can be great at giving you an idea of what to expect, but don't hold retailers to what they say now because things could change.

The week before Black Friday is when the sales become official. Circulars get released on the Sunday of Black Friday's week and you can either buy the Sunday paper to physically have them or you can go online. You could also stop at the stores you plan to visit to pick one up. Keep in mind too that retailers want you to shop on other days that week and offer really great deals that are good only Monday through Wednesday.

Know What You Want Before You Go There

Seeing the circulars lets you know what is on sale. Go through them and see if there is any cameras or accessories you always wanted that are on sale. If you don't see something you want, but think it would make a great gift, then buy it. Also, some cameras come with free gifts on this day and knowing which ones do before you get there will help you get the most bang for your buck.

Plan the Day Out

Some stores have free give aways for the first few hundred people that get there. If this is something that you think is worth your time then show up at the store super early to make sure you get it. You also want to shop in the morning as opposed to the afternoon so the store doesn't run out of merchandise when you get there. 

Stores get packed on these days and traffic can be miserable. Figure out which stores you want to visit and in what order so that you can take advantage of Black Friday.

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