With reports of a lackluster 2007 holiday shopping season, many retailers are relying upon the After-Christmas sales to make up for it, and you can expect to see many offering the traditional discounts plus much more in the coming days. If you decide to take advantage of this time, and brave the masses by venture into the After-Christmas sales we offer the following tips to minimize the stress.
Here’s how Wize.com can help:
- Be prepared. If you're returning items, have them neatly packed and easy to carry, and remember to bring the gift receipts, if you have them. If you're going to cash in on the deals, try to have an idea of what you're going for. (If you're just looking for 'a great deal', you may end up with a load of items that sit unused until you finally donate them to charity years from now.) The best way to prepare is to do research online prior, so you know average prices, as well as user and expert opinions. It is important to research both users, as well as experts so you have an idea of long term usage vs. the expert eye.
- Think Before You Buy. If you see a great deal on something, think of a specific use for it before you buy it. Better yet, know the price range of the item by researching online. Many times as well, retailers will have additional bonuses if purchased online like free tax, free shipping on top of the discount. By purchasing online, you can not only save additional dollars, but save the hassle of lines, the added stress of a crowded mall, and spend more time with your family and loved ones. That’s a win-win!
- Get In, Get Out. This is probably self-evident, but if you must venture into the stores or malls this week, it's a good idea to have a clear plan regarding which stores to visit, check them out, and leave before you get exhausted. The alternative which will save even more stress is again, start out online. The benefit of shopping online and researching at a place like wize.com is that, you can browse at your leisure, for instance late at night after the kids are in bed, or early in the morning before the crowds even think about heading to the malls. Once you then arrive at the stores, hit only the ones that you decide are necessities. If you really take your time and browse at the first few stores you visit, you may not have the energy to visit other stores you'd also really like to check out. Save the leisurely browsing for other times of the year when it's more fun, anyway, and less crowded.
- Stock up Now. Stocking a selection of nice but somewhat generic gifts can be a stress reliever for the rest of the year when you need gifts for teachers, hostesses, or other people in your life who may need small gifts, and now is a great time to save on them. Have an idea of the type of people you may need to purchase for prior to hitting the stores, research online prices and remember to bring notes of online sales, and even the specific products you are looking for. This will save time and money in the short term, as well as the long term.
- Think of After-Christmas sales as an adventure! Think of the whole research and shopping experience as an adventure, because it undoubtedly will be, and expect it to take at least twice as much time as it normally would. If you arrive prepared, you will be sure to have a stress free post holiday shopping experience, and if you are still not sure you want to venture into the masses, always check out wize.com where we do the research and recommend products for your needs.