More cautious consumers should now organize themselves for Black Friday 2018 purchases. The discount day that occurs next November 23 should bring a flood of offers of electronics and other items, especially in e-commerce. In order to deal with so much information, it is essential to know where to look, how to avoid false promotions and ensure that the purchase will be completed safely. See eight tips to get organized now on your computer and on your cell phone in preparation for the promotions day that works as a store cleaners waiting for Christmas.
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Black Friday: five tips for buying safely
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If you already know what you want to buy on Black Friday, you can now start monitoring prices on comparator sites. Consult the history of the product you want in Compare TechTudo and other price comparators to follow the evolution until the 23rd and know, in fact, if the promised discount is real. A good way to find out about price drops by creating alerts via e-mail: you define how much you want to pay and are advised if the device is offered at this price.
Follow the history of prices before Black Friday Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
2. Organize products on PC and mobile
With the links of the desired products already gathered, a good tip is to organize everything in one place to avoid rework. Create a spreadsheet with links and prices or use a wish list application. The Ultimate Wish List is one of the app options that allows you to include links from anywhere, without restrictions on stores or countries.
Organize links of desired products in spreadsheets or apps Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
3. Follow profiles on social networks
Search for great stores on social networks and follow them all to receive promotions at first hand. Make sure that you are following the official pages, which usually have a verified stamp. This way, you not only guarantee quick access to the offers advertised on the networks, as you create a first block against criminals who usually create fake profiles on Facebook or Instagram to trick victims on Black Friday.
Follow official store profiles on Facebook Photo: How to forward an image to various people on Facebook (Photo: Melissa Cosseti / TechTudo)
4. Sign up for coupon sites
Sites and apps like CupoNation, Pelando and Cuponomia can be good allies to get even more discounts than those already offered on Black Friday. When you register with each one, you can receive notices of hot offers to take advantage of. In some cases, coupons have a usage limit, so whoever is more attentive and uses them first takes them. In the case of Pelando, there is the additional advantage of the active community of the site, which evaluates when a promotion is valid or not.
Couponomy and other services help to find offers in online stores Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho
5. Categorize offer emails
After signing up at various stores, coupon services and price comparisons, your inbox will be full. To avoid the digital mess, create a folder or a bookmark and filter messages containing terms like Black Friday automatically. Gmail already offers native categorization for promotional emails, but services like Outlook require manual adjustment.
Using Outlook.com email filters Photo: Reproduo / Marvin Costa
6. Protect yourself from hackers and scams
Download an antivirus with protection module against fake websites and keep it updated in time for Black Friday. It is also possible to install plugins that warn of a real promotion or if the price has risen, among other tricks to not fall into pitfalls. It is also important to start blocking numbers that send suspicious links via WhatsApp, in addition to telling friends that no one should click on offers that arrive through the messenger. As a rule, no major store does stock via WhatsApp chain.
Install extensions like Real Black Friday on Chrome Photo: Reproduo / Marvin Costa
7. Check your credit card
Just in case, download the application for your credit card and check, in advance, if you have an available limit. Remember that this measure is important because it can determine whether you will succeed or not to take advantage of an unmissable offer. If the purchase is declined, you will hardly have a second chance to purchase a limited product. Another recommendation is to use a virtual card to not deliver your real data to possibly suspicious sites.
Check the limit of your credit card in advance and use virtual cards Photo: Barbara Mannara / TechTudo
8. Organize receipts in the cloud
Large store servers can become congested during Black Friday, so purchase confirmation emails can take a long time to arrive. To be on the safe side, create a folder on your computer or on cloud services to keep payment receipts at the time they are made available at the end of the transaction. The advantage of storing documents in the cloud is the flexibility: even if you make a purchase by cell phone, you can take a printout of the receipt and put it in Drive or Dropbox to access it later on the PC.
Use Dropbox or other cloud services to organize receipts and vouchers Photo: Anna Kellen Bull / TechTudo
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