How To Get The Best Toy Offers And Deals
Here’s our tips on how to get the best Toy Offers at Christmas and throughout the year. Follow us on Facebook to see our pick of the latest toy offers as we find them.
Take note of the toys your children are talking about as the year goes on. Hide the list in a memo on your phone so you’ll always have it to hand. If your children are anything like mine, the list will become very long but it’s better to have more ideas than you need.
The Christmas Toy Lists from the main retailers tend to come out between the start of the school term in September and October half-term. However, Argos has started putting out theirs in June at the mid-point of the year.
You may be surprised how early some people start planning Christmas presents – just go and take a look at the boards on Mumsnet if you don’t believe me.
It’s a good idea to be prepared but the rise of social media means the top trends can come and go very quickly. You don’t want to buy something they desperately want in June and find it’s ‘out’ by December. This is especially true of the toy crazes. Fidget spinners were the hottest toy in town in the first half of 2017 but nowhere by the time the schools returned in the September.
YouTube is now as much a way of marketing toys and games to children as TV advertising. Have a look to see what your children are viewing there and search for toy offers on these products. ‘Toy Unwrapping’ is a current trend where vloggers unwrap toys so you can see exactly what you get. Large brands like Lego have their own channels.
Shop Around To Find Toy Offers
Everyone likes a bargain but astute marketing may mean they are harder to find these days. There was quite a lot of controversy recently when one store increased prices to coincide with a 3 for 2 offer. You don’t have to look very far on the internet to find details of that.
Prices do go up and down so you need to keep an eye on toy offers from the major retailers. Signing up for deals is a good idea although you will find your inbox is flooded with offers which may or may not be any good.
Take Advantage Of Special Shopping Days
Black Friday is on Friday 24 November. It’s the day following Thanksgiving Day in the US. Thanksgiving Day is always the fourth Thursday in November and it’s a big celebration. Since the 1950’s, Black Friday has been considered the start of the Christmas shopping season in the US. Traditionally, retailers open early and slash prices. For the last few years, the concept of Black Friday has been marketed to UK shoppers who now recognise it as the time to bag a bargain. You may remember seeing news stories about huge crowds fighting over goods in stores on Black Friday.
Together with Black Friday, there is also now Cyber Monday which is the Monday after Black Friday. This is traditionally a big online shopping day, offering many deals, including toy offers. This year, Amazon is operating a Cyber Monday Week, starting on Monday 27 November.
Search For The Toy Offers Page
Most websites have a dedicated page for offers. Here’s Amazon’s Today’s Offers in Toys and Games. Also look at the sales pages on websites although note the ‘must have’ toys will probably not feature there.
Check Social Media For Toy Offers
I used to look for discount codes on the internet and often I’d be lucky. However, these searches now rarely find you offers unless you want to sign up to one of the large discount sites. Even when you do think you’ve found something, it’s often out of date and a bit of a time-waster. I’m finding that social media is far more immediate but you have to be quick. Toy offers on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram don’t hang around for long.
Look At The Christmas Toy Lists
Every year, the retailers put out lists of the toys they think will be the ‘must have’ toys of the year. Although some retailers do list toys that can only be purchased through them. John Lewis has its own Waitrose wooden cash register on its Christmas Toy List for 2017, for example. But there are always some toys that feature on multiple lists and these are the ones that everyone wants. Often, you can get deals at the time these lists are put out. Here’s Amazon’s Top Ten Toys For Christmas 2017.
Buy Now And Return Later
Shrewd shoppers check the returns policy very carefully when they buy goods. Some products – including the ‘must have’ toys – can sell out very quickly so you could buy now at a good to fair price and then wait to see if better deals come up later on.
Get Free Postage
Buying online is more popular than ever. I like to go to shops to see the products in ‘the flesh’ and then go to the internet to get them cheaper. Try to get free P&P when you buy from the internet to cut costs. Amazon Prime offers free next day delivery on qualifying goods as well as access to a wide range of products, services and special discounts. Worth checking out if you buy a lot of stuff from them. It’s £7.99 a month and you can cancel any time.
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