The secret is out on American Black Friday and we Canucks are finally with the program. Why? The bargains! Plus, who doesn’t enjoy an all-world shopping frenzy? So the iROCKER team is here with the low-down on our tried and true tips for making Black Friday your new best b’y in 2019.
Hint: Stand up paddle boards, hot new gear and free shipping.
In this post, we’re going to give you our top tips for getting the most out of American Black Friday in 2019 (and Cyber Monday, too).
A Little History on American Black Friday
First, a little history on Black Friday and why you want to master this magical day.
Way back in 1939, when the depression was ravaging industry and the retail economy, then-President Roosevelt declared the day after Thanksgiving the official start to holiday shopping. With that one declaration, the President hailed Thanksgiving as one of America’s most important holidays while also boosting a lagging retail industry.
Eventually, we Canucks figured out we could get in on the action. All we had to do was cross the border on Black Friday to get in on the American sales. Then along came the Internet and we could get all the great deals without leaving our Chesterfields.
Why American Black Friday is Your New Best B’y
Unless you want to spend American Black Friday actually sitting on your Chesterfield instead of paddling, then you need to give this post a thorough read.
Before you do anything else, plan to plan ahead. Seriously, being prepared before Black Friday arrives will make the differnce between more than a few loonies.
This is why our #1 tip for getting the most out of American Black Friday is to get online at precisely midnight after American Thanksgiving. Double bonus: this frees up all of Black Friday daylight for SUP.
Make this year’s Black Friday a little extra fun by planning a holiday group SUP outing!
Message your SUP mates and plan to hit the water early Friday when everyone else is driving to the shops.
While you’re out there, pay attention to everyone’s gear. See who’s missing a Cooler Deck Bag or a Carry Strap, then put it all on your Cyber Monday shopping list.
Why Cyber Monday is Your Second Best B’y
Once the Internet got into the holiday shopping sales trend, it gave us Cyber Monday. This was how the retailers enticed people who’d spent their budget on Friday to find a few more loonies to spend online.
Double win for them, eh?
More like a double win for us!
Today, Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales are often announced in advance. But when it comes to Cyber Monday, you can often find some surprise last-minute sales.
How? With our next top tip for making American Black Friday your next best b’y: do your research online before you buy.
Once your holiday shopping list is ready, research all the gifts you plan to buy. Compare their prices, in-stock availability, any published sales and of course, shipping costs. (A deep discount plus expensive shipping might add up to no discount after all).
Put all the best deals on your list so when midnight on Black Friday strikes, you’re ready to shop.
Tip: iROCKER and BLACKFINN offer free shipping!
Why it’s OK to be a Keener on Black Friday
No one likes a keener much but when it comes to American Black Friday, we’re willing to make an exception.
Saving loonies — Check!
Saving time — Check!
Saving daylight for paddle boarding — Check! Check! Check!
Here’s another reason to be a Black Friday keener: since you’re already investing in careful online research and cost comparisons, shouldn’t you share your results with family and mates who are shopping for you this year?
Of course you should! Is there really any better way to get out the subtle hint for the boards and gear you want and need? Plus, you’ll be doing your loved ones a huge solid by taking the worry out of their holiday shopping list making.
So what are you waiting for? The time to get started on your 2019 holiday shoping list is right now, before everyone else learns your secrets.
Once your holiday shopping list is researched and ready, get in touch with us using the fields below or on our social to share your best tips for tackling American Black Friday (and your own wish list, of course).