Black Friday: 5 most common TRADE SCAMS

Are you ready for BLACK FRIDAY? We discover the 5 most common TRADE SCAMS

The global phenomenon of “Black Friday” in previous years has seriously affected Serbia, and the last Friday in November is reserved for waiting in lines in front of stores, in order to save a few dinars. But is that really so?

History Black Friday dates back to the 19th century, and all versions of the story of its origin are related to the United States. This name was used to mark the beginning of the big holiday sales that start as early as November.

On that day, traders are racing to offer consumers higher discounts that go up to 70 percent, and some are introducing special prices much earlier in November. Many employers in the United States even give employees a paid day off to have enough time to make a purchase.

During “Black Friday”, almost all items can be found on discounts, from white goods, shoes and clothes to travel, and research from the previous year showed that 50 percent of people in Serbia plan to make their purchase on this day.

Beware of Black Friday scams

One of the most common tricks used by traders is to gradually raise the prices of products a few weeks before “Black Friday” in order to “lower” them on that day, mostly to the price that was before the price increase. Before buying, be sure to send the prices of the items you are interested in in order to find the cheapest offer.

Also, some products are specially produced for Black Friday promotions, so they could actually be of lower quality than you would otherwise get throughout the year.

In other words, you may end up buying something that you will have to put off or replace for a few months. Special attention should be paid to white goods here.

The same prices at one trader are great, at another regular

President of the Consumer Association “Effective” Dejan Gavrilović says that another type of fraud that buyers face is that traders offer certain products at great, lower prices, and that the same thing with another seller costs so much outside the discount.

“Items that have expired or are not on the list of products that were sold until then are also advertised. In this way, traders get rid of stocks and goods that would not otherwise be sold, because it is not even in demand from customers. “, he explained.

An additional tip is to make sure that the offers for this day are really the lowest, because some items may be cheaper in the second part of the year, such as perfumes that reach the lowest price on Valentine’s Day or March 8, while jackets and winter clothes for example, you can buy cheap in the spring.

During “Black Friday”, there are big crowds in the shops, people, in order to avoid them, usually buy quickly without much delay in the shops. Retailers mostly use reduced customer attention, so they put those that aren’t next to the discounted products, all in the hope that someone will catch up with them as well.

When you see items on the shelves that range “from” a certain price, know that it is the lowest price for products that are mostly the least on that shelf, while everything else is at higher prices.

Scams on the Internet

The first Monday after “Black Friday” is also called “Cyber ​​Monday”, a day reserved for online shopping, when all discounts move to online stores that can also offer great discounts.

Gavrilovic points out that customers are more protected with this type of purchase because they have the right to return the product within 14 days if they see that it has been deceived.

“The advice for buyers is not to buy from unverified sellers on the Internet, to see if the online store is authentic, because if they are deceived, there is usually no way to protect themselves. In these cases, people usually do not get what they ordered, and they also run the risk of their personal data being used for unauthorized purposes. You should always pay attention to the smallest letters, so that you don’t end up paying some additional costs “, states Gavrilović.

In the world of online shopping, companies will do their best to make sales, and will flood you with promotional emails where they offer you various items at discounts. The advice is, if you are planning to buy, to log on to one of the sites to receive notifications about lower prices.

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Most complaints in the discount season

Gavrilovic says that the largest number of complaints from damaged consumers arrive in the discount seasons, when people buy the most, and those remarks most often refer to prices.

Source: BIZLife / Mladen Stankovic

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