Adrian Weckler's expertise: Top shopping tips for Black Friday weekend
Published 24/11/2016 | 02:30
Ready for a bargain this weekend? Take some of Adrian Weckler's advice on board first.
1. How to check if it's really a sales deal
Retailers claim products are discounted more than they are. Harvey Norman is touting Sony's RX100 camera (right) as a Black Friday deal for €429, claiming it "was €469". But it has been priced at €429 for months. Argos says its €259 Panasonic Lumix TZ60 camera "was €369", but it was €309 in August. Check the WayBack Machine for earlier pricing.
2. Suss out the value of a sale price with an immediate comparison
Instead of visiting a dozen websites, check the price of something on a reliable price comparison website such as pricespy.ie. This should also give you local pricing versus offshore (but online) UK or EU pricing.
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3. How to get around 'no Irish delivery' clauses
If a UK-based retailer 'doesn't deliver' to Ireland, you can still buy from it using services such as ParcelMotel (above) or AddressPal. Your package gets delivered to a post office or Topaz garage or some other designated location, where you pick it up with a PIN code or by showing photo ID. It costs between €3.50 and €25 depending on the package. You can also return items using the same method.
4. With online shopping, you have extra rights to return a product with no questions asked
Buyer's regret? Thanks to the EU's 14-day cooling off period, you can change your mind within 14 days and return it to the seller for a full refund. It doesn't have to be faulty.
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5. Use a PC, not a phone
Phones still give an inferior, slower experience at buying things online, with many ecommerce vendors still optimising for laptops and desktops.