The American shopping phenomenon known as Black Friday isn’t just for Americans. Thanks to the Internet and the global shopping economy, Aussies can also get in on American Black Friday discounts.
Spoiler: Think free shipping, sale prices and cool must-have gear for the paddle boarders on your list.
To help make sure you get the very most out of the Black Friday shopping frenzy, we’re here with our team’s top tips for getting in on American Black Friday discounts (and getting the gifts you really want while you’re at it).
If you don’t know about American Black Friday yet, we’ll explain. This is a day created back in 1939 to encourage Americans to shop early and often for Christmas.
It worked. Black Friday soon became America’s biggest and most lucrative shopping day of the year. Later, with the introduction of the Internet and online shopping, the sales created for Americans became available to Aussies.
And with online shopping came another huge win: more time. More time, that is, for stand up paddle boarding!
(Who really wants to queue up at a stuffy mall when they could be on the water?)
In this post, we present to you our iROCKER team’s tips for:
How to Get in on American Black Friday Discounts
The main point here is to tap into the American marketing machine for your own benefit. We’re talking about discounts, of course.
But we’re also talking about our most precious commodity — our time. Unless you’re the type of bloke who prefers shopping to SUPing, then saving time is ace. (And since you’re reading this, we already know you’d much rather SUP than shop!)
The key to saving tenners and time on Black Friday is preparation. Before you buy anything at all, you have to get a bit of research started.
Our #1 tip to get in on Black Friday discounts is this: start your shopping at midnight and save Black Friday for paddle boarding.
One of our ace things to do every Black Friday is to plan a work party on the water. So much more fun than the age-old ugly sweater office party, right? Plus, this gives us a chance to check out everyone’s boards and gear to make our gift list making simple.
If you’ve got a mate missing a must-have piece of gear like a Cooler Deck bag, or one with a tired old Carry Strap, then you’ve got yourself some gift ideas for Cyber Monday.
But hey, if ugly Christmas sweaters are your thing, then throw an ugly sweater contest into the day’s fun.
Why an Organized Gift List is Essential for Black Friday
Of course, the best way to get the absolute most out of Black Friday discounts and a day on the water with your mates is to totally skip the shopping centers. Yes, you’ve got it: you must plan to do all your shopping online.
In order to do this and save those tenners is to do a little prep work in advance.
Smart phones make list making a simple project. The secret here is getting the research done early and thoroughly.
Our #2 tip for getting in on Black Friday and Cyber Monday discounts is to shop online before buying.
First, write down all the gifts you’d like to buy. Next, look up each one online. Keep links to all the best sources, comparing them for price, availability, shipping time and shipping cost.
Tip: shipping costs can be a serious hidden upcharge. This is why iROCKER offers free shipping!
Once you identify the best buys for each gift, save the best two. Why two? Well, if one sells out or goes on discount last minute, you’ll be prepared.
Getting a Jump on Cyber Monday Discounts
Another new phenomenon in Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping is published sale announcements. American marketing experts figured out that discounts attract buyers. And thanks to that, it’s getting easier to find out where the sales will be long before Black Friday arrives.
In some cases, though, retailers save the deep discounts for Cyber Monday, figuring they have a good chance of selling at full retail on Black Friday.
But since we’re all about saving those tenners, we don’t want you paying full retail for anything.
Our #3 tip for getting in on Black Friday and Cyber Monday discounts is this: have a backup plan.
If an item on your gift list will be full retail on Friday but discounted on Monday, then save the buying for Monday. Easy breezy.
Here’s an ace list of 2019 Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals to help with your prep.
Organizing Your Holiday Wish List
Now that you know you want to invest a bit of time into online research before Black Friday, you might want to get your own wish list ready at the same time.
And believe it or not, your loved ones actually want to know what you want for the holidays in 2019. So don’t be shy — create your own wish list!
Our #4 tip for getting in on Black Friday and Cyber Monday discounts is this: don’t be shy about sharing your own wish list.
Really, why risk getting an ugly Christmas sweater or a scuzzy pair of socks in your stocking when what you really want is some ace new SUP gear?
Besides, you’re saving them time and tenners, too, because you’ve done all the research already.
Once you’ve got your buying list and your receiving lists in tip-top shape, tell us about them using the fields below. Better yet, give us a shout on social. Maybe your friends and family will see it and really get the hint.