Yesterday, on Thanksgiving, after reading the ads in our local paper, we hit a few of the stores that were open and today we will be returning what we bought...Why because we didn't read the specs and also got caught up in the belief that there will never be a better deal. It turned out the item we bought didn't have the same kind of connectors as the another item we will be buying.
Editors Note: If you are looking specific cell phone and smarpthone deals look at our Black Friday, Weekend and Cyber Monday page or our Top Ten Deals article.
Remember, last year, a sales associate was killed at Walmart so here are our tips:
Watch Your Back
If you are going to a store today, and see a big crowd forming, or a stampede begin, just get out the way. No deal is worth dying for.
Wear Comfy Shoes
If your feet hurt, you won't be able to make good buying decisions.
If you haven't eaten, it will affect you shopping skills. If you eat junk-food the sugar and grease can wreak havoc on your body's systems. If you eat well and take your vitamins you can deal with everything better.
Prepare before you shop, keep a list, check it twice, and stick to it. Know the features of the phone or device you need and will use. Don't let cute sales associates, persuade you need something you don't.
Use the research power of publications like Wireless and Mobile News' Top Ten Best Cheaperst Black Friday, Weekend and Cyber Monday Deals. We scoured the knowledge base and found the deals and then sorted them all out for you. The most recent deals are listed on the Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals Page. You can also check reviews of cell phone and smartphones, to get the real scoop on if you really need it.
Check the Math
Bear in mind that although something may be advertised as one price, the add-ons add up. When you buy a cell phone, there is an activation fee (Except at Wirefly this weekend.) If you buy a smarpthone a data plan will be required, then on top of the plans are state, local and federal taxes that increase what seems to be exponentally. The different carriers all have different plans and when you look at what you will pay monthly, you'll may be surprised.
Check Return Policies
Most carriers offer a 30 day return policy, so if you are giving a phone as a gift, the gift receiver may only have a few days to return it after hey receive it.
Here's where Yoga, running or any sport can help. If you stop breathing while shopping it cuts off oxygen to your brain and you can't think clearly.
Back to the Future
In the cell phone/smarphone world, the hottest phone today, will often be offered as free phone with a plan in six months. Although we love the power of the latest cell phones with social networking, email, web-surfing and navigating. In six months there will be somethin even better. The most important thing is that you take care of yourself and don't loose you sanity.
Shop Online on Cyber Monday
Speaking of taking care of yourself. Take the day off today, go to the beach, rest in a hammock, go for a hike. Do something you love to do, that renews you. Almost all of the best cell phone and smartphone deals are offered until Cyber Monday. Then when you get back to work on Monday, check out our Cyber Monday deals and click away while sipping your tea or coffee.