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4 Shopping Tips for Black Friday 2020

The day after Thanksgiving, masses of Americans flock to malls and shopping centers to score holiday shopping deals on Black Friday. But, during the pandemic, in-person shopping might not be an option—or will entail limitations. So, is Black Friday 2020 canceled? Not necessarily, but things will be a little different this year.

Black Friday is known to be the busiest shopping day of the year, as many try to get a head start on holiday shopping or finally nab a discount on an item they've had their eye on. But, with COVID-19 cases on the rise in Washington state, Governor Jay Inslee has urged people to stay home, limit non-essential outings and has restricted Washington retail stores to only 25% capacity.

Here are some tips on how to satisfy your Black Friday shopping needs, while keeping yourself and others safe by staying home and avoiding the crowds.

  1. Online shopping—no mask required. Stay in your pajamas and shop from the comfort of your couch this Black Friday. Many companies have shifted their usual Black Friday doorbuster sales to online sales to discourage crowds in stores and encourage online shopping. Some retailers are even starting sales early and extending them later than usual to sweeten the deal. Skipping long lines, keeping yourself and others safe, and not having to find a parking spot at the mall—what could be better?
  2. Take advantage of curbside pickup and same-day delivery. Many companies are providing more options than ever to conveniently receive your purchases, while minimizing physical contact with others. If you need an item quickly, check if the retailer offers curbside pickup options so you don't have to enter the store to retrieve your purchase, or take advantage of expedited shipping options. Some stores are even offering same-day delivery through DoorDash.
  3. Don't forget about Cyber Monday. Cyber Monday traditionally is the Monday following Thanksgiving that retailers often offer sales and special offers for online shopping. This year, with many Black Friday sales shifting online instead of in-store, this is basically a bonus day of pandemic-friendly Black Friday shopping. Many retailers are likely to extend sales through Cyber Monday so don't fret if your favorite items go out of stock, or aren't on sale on Black Friday, there's a chance you can score on Cyber Monday.
  4. Consider ditching the Black Friday chaos, and opt to buy local or from small businesses. Black Friday can feel overwhelming and rushed. Consider skipping Black Friday for your holiday shopping this year, and instead buying from a small business or local shop—many have online stores or websites. You may even be able to buy a gift card for use at a later date by calling the business or checking out their website. Now more than ever, small businesses need support. Plus, buying from a small business instead of a large corporation can give you more unique, heart-felt gift options that your friends and family will appreciate.

Happy holiday shopping!