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It’s here. The first Black Friday deals have officially launched, which means this is the perfect opportunity to grab whatever you need or want at an incredible price, and beat the holiday rush! With supply chain issues, shipping delays, and low stocks all over the place, it’s unclear what kind of issues you might run into this year. So shopping early is a really great idea. But usually when you shop early like this, you may or may not have issues with items when you need a refund or when you need to return something. Buying earlier also means the return window is shorter, especially if you are gifting something for the holidays. Thanks to Amazon, this year there is no need to worry about it. They have extended return window to January 2022 for all items purchased during the holiday season.
In short, this means that you have a longer period of time to return the items if you are not satisfied with your purchase. However, it also means that you can return items that you bought earlier if they go on sale later, essentially getting you a refund for the price difference. If you buy something and then see the price drop even later, you can still get the best deal. There is hardly any risk in buying early, which is great. Buy a shirt and she doesn’t fit? You can return it until January 2022. Get a new TV or smart home device and then see it on sale, even cheaper? No problem, just return the item and buy it back to get the price difference back.
Traditionally, Black Friday has always been the day after Thanksgiving. Then a few days later, Cyber Monday hits. In previous years, retailers have opened all week for Black Friday and the holiday sales. Even with these early events, big ticket items have always been relegated to this window. Now, Amazon Black Friday deals have started earlier than ever, with other retailers following suit, such as Walmart and Best Buy. These are great deals, but you wonder if you should be shopping so early? Will there be bigger and better offers later?
The short answer is no, probably not. We recommend that you take advantage of these early offers and do as much shopping as possible right now. There are a number of reasons for this, not the least of which is that there are some pretty amazing deals available right now, so what’s the point in waiting? If you’re worried about better prices coming down later, Amazon’s longer return window and Best Buy’s price match guarantee means you can still take advantage of those better deals if they come up. You’ll always get the best deal available, period.
More importantly, we don’t really know what’s going to happen this year as we get closer to the holidays. There are supply chain issues, shipping delays, material shortages, low inventory, and many items – especially electronics – are in high demand. There is a good chance that the items you are considering purchasing or considering purchasing are not available, due to low stock. Also, if you wait too long to buy what you want, they may not arrive on time or near the holidays. It’s not that big of a deal if you’re buying for yourself, but if you’re buying a gift, let’s just say no one likes to show up empty-handed at a holiday gathering!
Knowing that you have until January 2022 to return items you buy from Amazon during the holidays gives you some peace of mind. They aren’t the only retailer to do this, so you’re free to shop those early deals and fly without some of the big worries you might otherwise have.
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