We’ve all seen the footage from previous years’ sales – customers punching, biting and kicking each other to get the last 80% off TV on the shelf, or to bag all the best clothing before it’s gone.

Black Fridays have been so awful in the past that many store retailers choose not to host them in store. The frenzy of getting things cheap seems to drive consumer behaviour to amazing lengths.

While things have calmed down in the last couple of years, it’s still a good idea to know what you can and definitely cannot do to get your best bargain and not a black eye.

So what’s yours to keep and what’s not?

  1. If you pick something off a shelf – The latest TV, flat pack coffee table or a DVD that item is not yours to buy. Even if it’s in your trolley or hands. If a passing customer rips it off you or pulls it out your trolley there’s nothing you can really do.
  2. You’re still liable for any damage you cause to the shop or items on sale. So, if in your moment of madness, you knock over an expensive glass vase, you will still have to pay for it. If you decide to run, the store is well within their rights to press charges against you.pe
  3. Lastly, if you hurt someone in the process, or they hurt you, you can make a claim and so can they, but against each other and not the store. The store has the duty of care to look after the shop and make sure there are no health and safety issues, and they are not liable if shoppers decide to fight.

How can stay safe online?

Black Friday sales also affect the online market, and more than often we’ll visit sites that have amazing offers at jaw-dropping prices. Don’t be fooled – it’s easy to get caught up in a scam.

What should you do to make sure you’re safe?

When you land on any website you almost immediately can tell whether they’re site is professional – and more than often that will be the first tell-tale sign – look out for spelling mistakes, glitches, and poor quality design.

Next, ask yourself if they are well known, if they keep your details safe and if they have a way you can contact them. Lastly, when in doubt use a third party payment option like PayPal, if anything goes wrong you can be refunded more easily.