Suggestions for Black Friday bargain hunting | Better Business Bureau

DuPont – Attention, Black Friday shoppers: While scavenging retail stores on Nov. 23, Better Business Bureau warns of anticlimactic bargains, limited quantities and bait-and-switch tactics.

Have sale advertisements and coupons? Bring them to stores and hold on tight.

Is it the real deal? Comparison shop online to see how similar products are priced.

Are there conditions or limitations? Read fine print carefully; look for asterisks and timeframes.

Is it first come, first served? See if ads specify that supplies are limited.

See overly-enticing signage? Review closely and snap photos to defend deals.

Do terms change at registers? Watch out for higher prices due to undisclosed stipulations on “percentage-off” sales and “free” offers.

Are there special incentives with in-store credit cards? Beware of high fees and interest rates. Too many open cards can damage credit.

What about returns and exchanges? Find out if items are “final sale.” Carefully inspect “clearance” merchandise and other markdowns.

Do ads or offers seem misleading? See the store manager. Contact BBB if problems persist.

Visit for more Black Friday shopping tips.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

Read the Oct 21
Green Edition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Browse the archives.

Friends to Follow

View All Updates