How are stores cheating on us on Black Friday?

Black Friday is a day for promotion hunters, which this year falls on November 26. He came to us from the United States, where traditionally on Friday after Thanksgiving, Americans wait in gigantic queues in the morning to buy more or less useful things at theoretically great prices.

Why theoretically? Unfortunately, manufacturers often deceive us and a few days or weeks before Black Friday they artificially raise the prices of products in order to be able to attract customers with “huge” promotions. The same is the case with Cyber ​​Monday (November 29), when we are offered deals by online stores.

As every year, the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection warns against fraud. What exactly?

  • juggling prices – that is, the earlier increase in prices, to then spectacularly lower them
  • promotional lures – encouraging with a high discount for the customer to enter the store, where it turns out that the promotion applies only to selected products or there is a catch
  • unclear discount calculation – similar to the previous one, but for some reason it turns out that at the checkout you do not get such a high discount as reported on the posters
  • cancellation of paid orders – for example, due to an alleged system error

To avoid this, it is best to find out about the prices of the items you are interested in in advance. You should also be aware that discounted goods are still subject to sale complaintswhich manufacturers sometimes wrongly refuse.

As for returnsIn the case of brick-and-mortar stores, the policy in this matter depends on the particular seller. Therefore, it is worth asking what it looks like in a given store and thinking about your purchase before buying. On the other hand, in online stores there is always a right of return within 14 days from the date of purchase.

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See also:

Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday – what’s the difference? When do they fall out?

Black Friday 2021. How long will it take for my purchases to arrive?

The plague of fake stores ahead of Black Friday. How not to be deceived?


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