Online retailers will offer substantial discounts as part of Black Friday this week.
The event, which always falls on the first Friday after Thanksgiving, is traditionally one of the year’s busiest days for online shopping. Cyber Monday, which falls three days later, is typically just as busy.
Which? is highlighting the best tech bargains of the weekend in its Tech Daily blog.
Here, we offer some clever tips to ensure shoppers save even more money during the sales.
Use a cashback credit card to secure a bigger discount
Cashback credit cards reward you for making purchases, by paying a percentage of your spend back onto your card as credit.
Use these cards to pay for your online shopping during this week’s sales and you can secure an even bigger discount than those offered by the retailers.
It’s also worth remembering that all credit card transactions between £100 and £30,000 are protected by Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act. This states that the credit card company is as liable as the retailer if something goes wrong, allowing consumers to put refund claims to both of them simultaneously.
The Which? Money Compare comparison tables let you search for credit cards from providers large and small to choose a great deal based on quality of service as well as cost and benefits.
Which? comparison table: Cashback credit cards – hundreds of credit cards compared
Complete your purchases through a cashback website
If you spot a great deal in an online sale, it’s worth checking whether the retailer is listed on a cashback website.
If it is, you can secure a cash reward by clicking through to the retailer’s website from the cashback website and then completing the sale.
Our cashback websites guide explains how this process works and what to do to ensure that you receive the money.
Find out more: Cashback sites: how they work – a step-by-step guide
Watch out for dodgy deliveries
More than 17,000 consumers have signed our petition calling for an end to late, lost and damaged package deliveries.
Which? is calling for retailers to offer specific time-slots for deliveries, to confirm the time with you on the day of delivery and to ask you up front what they should do if the delivery is unsuccessful.
In the meantime, it might be worth checking which delivery companies fared best in our recent customer satisfaction survey.
Find out more: Know your delivery rights – our consumer rights guide