Your essential guide to Black Friday 2016
Ready to bag a bargain? All set to grab gifts for Christmas with huge price discounts? Well, Black Friday 2016 is nearly here.
It takes place in the UK on Friday 25 November and is expected to be one of the biggest Black Friday's yet.
But on Black Friday not everything is always what it seems.
Which is why we've pulled together six top tips to steer you through the madness and ensure your Black Friday goes smoothly. We've also put together a few handy links detailing some of the best Black Friday deals...
Resolver's top tips for a smooth Black Friday
1) Pay by credit card
Use a credit card for Black Friday purchases of more than £100 to get extra protection under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act if there's a problem. This means your credit card company is equally responsible for any issues such as a company going bust or a package being stolen in transit. There are exclusions so check them out. But it even counts for big purchases such as winter holidays where you've paid the deposit - more than £100 excluding fees - on a credit card and the rest in another way.
2) Is it actually a bargain?
Bargains aren't always bargains on Black Friday. Many stores seek to clear old stock and models ready for 2017 – so do your research and compare prices to be sure you're getting a great deal. For example, just because a £300 laptop has £100 off, it doesn't mean it represents better value than another that is much newer and faster and not in Black Friday sales but that actually still has £100 off through a general discount and costs around the same.
3) Know the returns policy
If you're buying online on Black Friday, you have 14 days from receiving your items to send them back if you aren't happy. And while many stores will allow you to return Black Friday purchases after Christmas if they are gifts, not all will, so always check with the shop. Get a gift receipt, too, so the receiver can take the present back.
4) Wait for a better bargain?
Don't forget that while lots of prices are slashed hugely on Black Friday, you may still get the same or a better deal on many items in post-Christmas sales. Really you should always ask yourself, that if it isn't for a present to give to someone, do you REALLY need to buy it on Black Friday? If not, it may be wise to wait.
5) Don't put up with bad service
If you're unhappy with any service you receive on Black Friday, or run into problems, use resolver.co.uk to raise a complaint with the store straight away. Just because it is a busy and manic day for many shops or online stores, that doesn't mean you have to accept anything less than 100% good service if you have a problem, query or question.
6) Jump on delivery issues fast
If you have a delivery issue with a Black Friday order, complain to the brand as well as the delivery company. They have the contract with the delivery firm and more clout to do something about it. And watch out that you don't end up with a parcel left in a wheelie bin or outside your front door to get damaged. Always state a safe place for a delivery to be left if you are out.