Black Friday can be overwhelming. That’s why we’ve got three easy shopping tips that will help you avoid making any screw-ups: check return policies, watch out for fake websites, and beware of counterfeit electronics.

We know that you’ve got is handled. Still, with so many deals and so little time, even the most experienced shoppers can make mistakes. So, why not have a read through to make sure that you’re super prepared to rock this year’s Black Friday sales?

A history of heading south

There’s a long history of Canadians going south to do their Black Friday shopping. Black Friday dates all the way back to Philadelphia in the 1960s. After more than 50 years, Americans have perfected the art of the (now international) shopping frenzy with two simple ingredients: huge discounts and a tiny timeframe. In the past, Canadians would flock to border cities like Buffalo, Seattle, and Detroit to get in on the action. Things have begun to change though. Since 2008, Canadian retailers, like Amazon, Best Buy, Staples, and NCIX, have been slowly turning the spotlight away from our American friends by making the Canadian Black Friday “a thing.”

Cars stuck in traffic

Now, let’s get to the shopping tips

With Black Friday becoming as important as Boxing Day, the one thing that ties shoppers together is our common frustration of being misled by websites claiming to have “good deals” that end up being nothing of the sort. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up quickly, we have three shopping tips to keep you and your money safe:

Tip #1: Check return policies

Before pulling the trigger on your purchases, check the shop’s Black Friday return policy. If you’re good with everything there, be sure to keep all your receipts. We know all too well how easy it is to give into the shopping frenzy and overspend just a little, tiny bit. There’s nothing worse than buyer’s remorse. More than ever before, stores are offering extended return windows just in case you have any second thoughts. It’s pretty nice of them when you think about it.

Tip #2: Watch out for fake websites

Fake retail websites are popping up at an alarming rate. If you’ve never heard of the reseller that you’re considering buying from, do a quick Google (or Bing, if that floats your boat) search to make sure that they’re legit. Here at BFD, you won’t have to worry about anything. We verify that all of our retailers are above board. If Google or Bing doesn’t give you anything, comment below. We’ll take a look and let you know if we’d shop there.

Tip #3: Beware of counterfeit electronics

Keep your eyes open for counterfeit electronics this Black Friday. Electronics, whether that’s a smartphone, tablet, or laptop, are always some of the most popular items on Black Friday wishlists. Opportunistic scammers always try to take advantage of the surge in demand. So, make sure that you verify the product’s tech specs and be skeptical of discounts of 30% off or more from unknown resellers. Another protip: avoid resellers who insist that you pay by electronic fund transfer or a wire service. Scam alarm bells should start going off.

Follow these shopping tips and you should be able to avoid any unexpected (and unwelcome) surprises. Happy Black Friday shopping!