Tech & Science Black Friday in Australia deals up pre-Christmas bargains, but shoppers need to watch for pitfalls

08:50  28 november  2019
08:50  28 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become a major part of Australia's pre-Christmas shopping season.

Last year's online shopping sales numbers were the biggest in Australia's history for the week covering those key dates, according to Australia Post's delivery data.

Sales between November 25 and December 1, covering both Black Friday and Cyber Monday, were almost 30 per cent higher than that same period in 2017.

The numbers even eclipsed the weeks before and after Christmas 2018, and Australia Post is predicting another 20 per cent growth in sales for the US-inspired promotion this year.

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Black Friday kicks off on Friday , November 29, marking the official start of the Christmas shopping season. Australian Competition and Consumer Commission deputy chair Delia Rickard also warned Black Friday and Cyber Monday shoppers to be wary of fake websites with dodgy online stores as

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Bricks and mortar retailers also cashed in on the sale, with major department stores and big retailers dropping prices alongside their online rivals.

But the sales last longer than just two days.

Major US brand Amazon runs its offers over four days, from midnight Friday right through until Cyber Monday ends.

Other retailers offer some deals earlier, with eBay starting this year on November 21.

"Traditionally we've seen our busiest shopping day fall in December, but the rise in popularity of Black Friday has spurred an earlier start to the Christmas retail season," said eBay Australia's head of retail insights Gavin Dennis.

But with Black Friday coming up tomorrow and Cyber Monday to follow on December 2, there are some potential pitfalls shoppers should be aware of before they start flexing that credit card.

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Can you ensure your parcels arrive before Christmas?

There are a few key dates and parameters the big online retailers suggest to help make sure you're not missing a gift at Christmas.

Amazon Australia says you can expect to get your parcel by Christmas if your item is listed as in stock, sent to a physical Australian address, sold or fulfilled by Amazon and you meet these dates.

For standard delivery to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth metro areas, the cut off date is December 19 with exact times listed on individual items.

But the retailer lists , including centres like Canberra, Hobart and Newcastle, that also have a December 19 cut-off date for standard delivery.

If you're sending off your gifts, Australia Post is delivering until Christmas Eve. But you'll have to get it in the post by December 16 for standard mail, and December 23 if you're posting inside their Express Post network.

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Scams and pitfalls: What to watch out for

While browsing the stores with a few taps beats fighting the crowds for a carpark for some, there are some potential scams that digital customers should watch out for.

Online shopping fraudsters have so far cost Australians more than $4 million this year, passing last year's $3.28 million according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's Scamwatch.

Fake sites or stores can look genuine, often offering luxury items at low prices, but the ACCC warns customers may get fakes or often nothing at all.

ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said shoes, smartphones and event tickets were some of the most commonly reported items scammers were trying to sell.

"Scammers often try to take advantage of people doing their Christmas shopping including in the upcoming Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales," Ms Rickard said.

"Reported losses have tripled over the last three years and it is concerning that losses from this year are already so high."

Another common scam is sellers using real classified websites to sell an item, then telling the customer they are travelling and an "agent" will deliver it once the money is received.

The item is never delivered.

Ms Rickard says customers should do their research, and contact their bank as soon as possible if they think they've been scammed..

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