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It’s that time of year again - the bargain bonanza that is Black Friday. This year, it falls on November 25, although what was once a 24-hour snap sale is now routinely extended over a much longer period.
But those after a bargain are being urged to research thoroughly before plumping for a purchase, since potential savings could be greater before or after the main event.
Consumer champions Which? found that fewer than half (90 of 178 or 49%) of deals advertised in 2015 were cheapest on Black Friday itself.
The organisation looked at popular gadgets and electrical appliances from a string of well-known retailers, from Amazon to John Lewis. It believes some may have broken advertising rules by apparently inflating the previous price to make the discount look bigger than it actually was.
Head of campaigns at Which? Peter Morrey urged: “Do your research. Some deals may not be all they are cracked up to be.”
What’s more, the month-long returns deadline, allowing for a full and immediate refund on faulty goods, expires on Christmas Day. That means Christmas gifts may not be covered if there is a problem with the item.
Equally, under EU law, anything bought online can be returned up to 14 days after receipt, and no reason must be given. That deadline runs out for Black Friday purchases on December 9, more than two weeks before Christmas.
So while the bargains look tempting – be sure of what you’re buying, and research deals thoroughly first.
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As the festive season approaches, we thought it would be a good time to reflect on the last 12 months and say how much we value your support and business. We appreciate we may not say it often enough – but thank you.
Your custom really does matter to us, not just at Christmas time but all year round, and working with you has been a genuine pleasure. We’re looking forward to continuing our business relationship, and to working with you in the New Year - and beyond -as we move into 2017.
Meanwhile, we hope the holiday period is a relaxing one, and that you have time to enjoy this special time of year with those closest to you.
Finally, because Christmas is clearly a time for giving, click on our festive video here. Every time it gets clicked on, money will be made towards a donation to Marie Curie Cancer Care, a wonderful charity caring for those with terminal illness, and their families, so that they get the most from whatever time remains to them. Once again, our warmest wish for a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.