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Black Friday 2019: the tech you need to shop the Black Friday deals without hassle



Black Friday is almost upon us. What used to be one day of shopping sales after Thanksgiving is now a two-week long deal extravaganza and a chance to snap up some bargains ahead of Christmas.

However, it can be easy to be drawn into a deal which sounds too good to be true that ends up being far from it. 

From AR apps that allow you to check how something will fit into your home to Chrome add-ons to make a deal ever sweeter, here’s the tech arsenal you need for the biggest shopping week of the year.

Tech to shop Black Friday 2019

1. Amazon’s AR View – to check if products fit 

We can thank Amazon for exporting the US concept of Black Friday to our hallowed shores. Last year, the company added an augmented reality (AR) aspect to its app and, honestly, it’s a lot of fun to use. 

The AR View feature will allow you to view products in your home before you buy them, whilst Showroom means you can virtually stage Amazon furnishings in 3D in your living room.

With eligible home items, you can point your smartphone at the space you want to fit the item, and the product will appear on the screen as though it is in the room. 

Customers can then check the product from all the different angles to see if it fits the space, before clicking to buy. 

Amazon app on App Store and Google Play Store

2. Camelcamelcamel – to check deals 

Don’t even think about buying something from Amazon without checking Camelcamelcamel. 

Find the product you want to buy, like this blender, and paste the URL into Camelcamelcamel to check if the Black Friday deal is really as good as it says it is. 

You can also sign up for price drop alerts to track specific items and see if they will go lower over the shopping period. And if that wasn’t enough, you can also add Camelcamelcamel as an extension on Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.

It’s an easy way to check deals and track products you really want to buy, and it’s particularly relevant for the Black Friday period. Research by Which? in 2018 found that of 94 popular products, including TVs, cameras and fitness trackers, 87 per cent of them were cheaper at other times of the year. 

Speaking about the research, Which? managing director of home products and services Alex Neill said: “The results of our investigation will disappoint many who are expecting nothing but bargains this Black Friday.

“While retailers are bombarding us with promises of great discounts and time-limited sales, it’s clear that not all deals are as good as they might appear. To bag a bargain, do your research and don’t get carried away by the hype when shopping in the upcoming sales.”

Camelcamelcamel 

3. LovetheSales – to track products for price alerts 

If you love a bargain, then you probably already know and use LovetheSales, the retail aggregator that compares the prices and discounts of over 700 retailers across 6 million products.

When it comes to Black Friday shopping, a handy tool to know about is the site’s price drop alerts. If you find an item you’re interested in buying, you can put it in your wishlist and then LovetheSales will send you an email alert when it drops in price.

Easy-peasy. 

Create wishlists on LovetheSales and receive price drop alerts for sought-after products (LovetheSales)

LovetheSales 

4. Pouch – for voucher codes 

Sure, Black Friday is all about the deals but there are always ways to scour a better deal on a particular product you must buy but can’t quite justify the price of. Enter Pouch, a browser extension which auto-applies voucher codes so you don’t have to. 

Pouch has been making waves since its founder appeared on Dragons Den. Simply add it to your Google Chrome browser and it will scour the internet for vouchers to help you save on shopping.

It works for sites such as Asos, Debenhams, John Lewis and Made, and often has exclusive offers only for Pouch users. 

How Pouch Auto Apply works

Pouch 

Be sure to shop smartly 

Black Friday isn’t only for shoppers looking to bag a deal, it’s also a time for scammers to make some money. Last year, around £7 billion was spent in the UK alone during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, making it a prime target for some dodgy deals.

According to security provider, NortonLifeLock, popular Black Friday scams include emails that say a parcel is on its way that you haven’t ordered and ask you to fill out a form, text phishing warning people of suspicious activity in their bank account and fake websites that capitalise on people misspelling a popular brand name. 

As a result, NortonLifeLock’s general manager EMEA, Gareth Lockwood, has some tips to shop safely during Black Friday. 

  • Beware of fake website links: Cybercriminals are experts at creating websites and making them look identical to your favourite brands. Instead, type the store’s address straight into your browser. 
  • Shopping-only accounts: Set up an email account specifically to deal with online shopping. Provider as little information as possible to get the account set-up and don’t use it for anything else, such as banking or family matters. 
  • Protect your bank details: Look out for the ‘padlock’ icon at the bottom of the browser frame which means a website is using encryption to protect bank details. As well, never let a website ‘remember’ your card details, always re-type them.
  • Use internet security software: Make sure your browser software is up to date to protect your device from any malware as well as your personal details from hackers. 

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