Black Friday and Cyber Monday

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We're fast approaching one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

Thanksgiving, no doubt, is shadowed by the tiresome roar of consumerism fostered by Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Black Friday may have been initially American, but it has spread over the world in a matter of just a few years.

What is sold on Black Friday is not always the best quality of the product. The retailer says it will offer "50,000 deals with no blackout periods".

Ashley Home Store is offering 0% financing for 72 months, a deal shoppers can only get on Black Friday.

So far, PetSmart, TJ Maxx, Staples and Home Depot have announced they will be closed on Thanksgiving, but many other businesses are waiting to announce if they will be open on the traditional American holiday, according to several websites, including bestblackfriday.com, which has been collecting and publishing Black Friday deals and information since 2013.

In addition to examining consumers' plans for Black Friday, the Carson College of Business wanted to better understand how e-commerce and other technologies, such as evolving payment methods, are impacting people's shopping habits during the holiday season and beyond.

Thanksgiving Day is on Thursday, November 23, 2017, and more than 40 national retailers will be open. These discounted items are usually limited in quantity and can be purchased "only" during specific hours.

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Consumers are putting the kibosh on Black Friday in-store shopping.

Many consumers have experienced frustration and lost money they can not afford to lose after being lured in by prices too good to be true. We thought so, which is why this deal on Lego's Millennium Falcon set is nearly too good to pass up.

Have you ever stood in line without your store rewards card? To protect you on Black Friday, the BBB advises consumers to not believe all they see or hear without doing their own research. Many different retailers have already started offering large discounts online in hopes that they will be able to capitalize on the buying season at large.

If you want more credit, check out MoneyTips' list of credit card offers. Maybe you are doing finger exercises for all the nimble cursor work necessary for online shopping. Then be sure to check out Target on Cyber Monday because you can bet there will be lots of toys on sale.

Avoid clicking links if you don't know where they're from.

Retailers sometimes increase the price of an item before a sales event to make the sale look better. Check forums where people discuss retailers and customer experiences to ensure you don't get caught out.

When shopping online, retailers must guarantee a 14-day returns window for non-faulty goods, however on the high street your rights can vary by store.

Whatever method you prefer, it's best to lay out a battle plan and prepare early.

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