How to Survive Black Friday
A) If you’re celebrating Thanksgiving today, you might be considering venturing out to the Black Friday sales tomorrow morning. After all, there will be at least a few great deals—and you can do all your holiday gift shopping in one crazy sprint. In order to make it out with your sanity—and your wallet—intact, there are a few Black Friday tips I)d like to share.
B) First, making your shopping list is essential. When I was little, I could sit for hours with the Black Friday ads (especially Toys R Us), telling whoever was listening that I wanted pretty much everything on each page. I may have grown out of Toys R Us, but I still see plenty I want flipping through the sales papers. Sometimes, I can even convince myself that I really need some great gadget (小玩意儿)that I hadn’t actually intended to buy. So, before I even start browsing through the sales papers, I make a list of items that I’m particularly looking for. While I might adapt my list to what’s on sale—maybe swap out a movie title or choose a different video
game based on what is available.
C) Second, many retailers offer online deals for Black Friday, so check the online deals before shopping. When you add in gas money and the time you might spend standing in line on Friday morning, online sales are even better. Before you brave the crowds, take a look at your favorite websites—and the stores you!re planning to visit. Many sales will kick in at midnight, so you"ll be able to check no matter how early you’re planning on getting in line at the local big box retailer. For some stores, you can order items online and pay the Black Friday price, then pick them up at your local store.
D) Third, I have to say you’d better pick a shopping buddy who will match your pace. My mother will be getting up at 4 a.m. Friday morning. While I admire her dedication, her Black Friday will be much longer than mine. I prefer to shop at a more comfortable pace, though, so I’ll be going with a different shopping buddy. My mom and my sister—both power shoppers—are much happier pairing up and letting the slow poke(慢性子的 A) (that’s me) go on my own. I do think that having a buddy does make the whole process much easier, though: one person can stand in line while the other person grabs whatever is on the list. Even better, a buddy can help you stick to your list and your budget, avoiding unnecessary spending.
E) Fourth, don’t forget to bring your ads with you. There’s a chance that your discounted item may not ring up as on sale when you actually get up to the cash register. Instead of trying to recall exactly what the sale paper said, pull that ad out and ask the clerk to double check it. You can avoid confusion by carrying your ads with you—and, if you go to a store with a price-matching policy, you may be able to get the same prices that another store is offering. If you’re relying on ads you found online, you might have a harder time getting a deal, though. Some stores won’t even honor the prices listed on their own websites. Printing off the ad can help you convince a clerk, but it’s not guaranteed.
F) Fifth, as to returns policies, they seem to get tighter every year, and they can be worse for Black Friday. For some items, stores may have only a short return policy—and they may charge you a restocking fee. If you aren’t sure if you’ve bought the right size (or are otherwise considering a return), plan on making your return as soon as possible. Keep your receipt handy and pick up gift receipts where necessary.
G) Sixth, it is better to use your credit card on Black Friday. Normally, I，m against using a credit card for most purchases. It’s too easy to run up a big bill, but there are some definite benefits to using plastic on Black Friday. Many credit card companies have much better return protection than stores: a purchase made on your credit card may have guaranteed refund up to 90 days. Credit cards often offer warranty coverage for free on purchases—a much better deal than most of the service contracts offered by stores. Lastly, some cards offer sale price protection. If the price of your purchase is marked down further than the price you paid within a certain time frame, you can get a refund of the difference.
H) Seventh, if you’re planning to find a great deal on an HDTV on Black Friday, I"m afraid that you’re out of luck. Even on Black Friday, it’s rare to see much in the way of sales on big ticket electronics. The small sales are generally just not worth the hassle of trying to get a sales person to help you with anything time intensive when they’re getting slammed with hundreds of shoppers.
I) Last but not least, there’s nothing wrong with skipping the Black Friday sales. If there’s nothing on sale that you’re interested in, why bother? The entire day is set up to let retailers sell as much stuff as they can—to take as much of your money as they can. But there)s no better place for your money than in your wallet or bank account. So, stay Home, relax and take advantage of your leftovers. You’ll be saving money even if you wind up making a few full price purchases down the road.
1. The author’s mother prefers shopping with the author’s sister because the author is slow.
2. When shopping, it is better to bring the ads with you because some items may actually not be on sale.
3. You can buy items online at the Black Friday price and then get them at the local store.
4. While the author looks through the sales papers, she may make changes on her shopping list.
5. In order to help readers spend their money more reasonably on Black Friday, the author would like to share a few Black Friday tips.
6. You can’t find a great deal on expensive electronics on Black Friday because it is unnecessary for the stores to go for the small sales.
7. Skipping the Black Friday sales means you are saving money.
8. If your credit card is with price protection, you can get a refund of the price gap.
9. For items with short return policy, you have a risk of paying for a restocking fee.
10. The author advises people to use a credit card, which usually can guarantee a 90- day refund period.
6.H 本题是H段大意的总结。文章提到，如果你想在黑色星期五买到合适的高清电视的话，那你可能不走运了，因为在那一天很少能看到像电子产品这样的大型商品的促销活动，商店不可能不顾其他大量顾客，而为了那么一 丁点儿销售额派专门的销售人员来为你集中提供任何服务。题目中的 can"tfind和原文中的it’s rare to see同义;题目中的expensive和原文中的big ticket同义。
7. I 本题是I段第一、二句和最后一句的总结。文中提到，如果你没有买到称心的商品，也不要烦恼，就当你在省钱了。这和题干所说内容一致。
8. G 本题来自文章G段最后两句话。原文中的difference就是指购买商品的价格差，对应题目中的price gap。
9. F 本题来自文章F段第二句话，本句提到一些商品只有很短的退换期，而且可能要顾客交纳退货费用。题干是对此句的同义转述。