The Life Of A Retail Employee

Customer Advice: Black Friday

Advice: When shopping around for Black Friday deals, never assume you can just buy a product before Thanksgiving, then show up on Black Friday to exchange it for Black Friday prices. 8 times out of 10, you will have only wasted gas money. 

Why: Usually Black Friday items are sold at such low prices, stores will actually LOSE money by selling them. This is specifically true for big branded products such as computers, TVs, and gaming consoles. Any money made will be made through selling accessories or services with the products, and even then the margin made from selling the accessories might not make back all the money lost by selling these products so cheap. It’s to the point where, should a store make only $1 in profits on Black Friday, it’s considered a massive success. I’ve had managers offer parties and prizes for employees should the store break even. 

This is why stores will NOT price match their Black Friday sales, even if you had bought it within the return policy. There’s too much loss involved. 

Solution: If you don’t want to wait in line for Black Friday sales. (I don’t blame you) Try the store’s website on Thanksgiving day. Black Friday sales will often show up on the store’s website on Thanksgiving. If it’s not up there, check it periodically throughout the morning. The latest I’ve seen the ads come up is 10am. Just note that quantities are still limited, so snatch stuff fast before it goes.