Black Friday and Beyond

Black Friday – the first shopping day after Thanksgiving – is fast approaching. Just about every major retailer will be offering super deals and super early opening times. Not only do we have “Black Friday” fast approaching, but hot on its heels are “Small Business Saturday” and “Cyber Monday.” Here are a few tips on what to expect and where to find out about deals, opening times, and other offerings of the season.

BLACK FRIDAY

  • The web site blackfriday.com lists ads from dozens of retail stores, including Best Buy, Kohls, Walmart, Sears, Old Navy, Target, and more.
  • Click on individual store logos for cashback offers and times that doors open on Black Friday.
  • You can also download a “Black Friday” app to your iPhone or iPad.

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

  • Saturday, November 24, 2012 is Small Business Saturday® – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities.
  • You can find small businesses in Topeka to support right here.

CYBER MONDAY

  • This site is filled with Cyber Monday online shopping deals and coupon codes all through Thanksgiving weekend and Cyber Monday.
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  • The Cyber Monday blog offers sneak peaks, deals, giveaways, and also some important safe online shopping tips:
  1. Shop trustworthy websites. If a store sounds shady, it is worth the extra time and effort to check them out. Search for their name on Amazon and see if they have a seller rating.
  2. Beware of deals that sound TOO great.
  3. Confirm that your purchase is secure. When you start the checkout process, look at the URL. Most trusted sites start with https. This means that the transactions will be secure.
  4. Pay with a credit card. Credit card fees can be disputed. If the company you purchased from turns out to be fraudulent, you have the right to dispute the charges.
  5. Keep all records and confirmations.  Always print your confirmation numbers and receipts. Or take a screen shot and save it to your computer.