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avoiding fake cyber monday and black friday deals


It’s just about that time of the year again. Black Friday pamphlets, junk mail, and commercials seem to be coming out of my ears. Cyber Monday emails and popups are launching at me from every corner of the internet. If you’re not using a SubmitAndForget.com staff member to do your shopping for you (for free), at least know how to spot fake sales.

Retailers mark a massive amount of items on “sale” when they’re priced normally or only marked down a buck or two – especially online retailers. This year, outsmart them with the click of a button.

The Camelizer/3Camels

I present to you the lie detector of “sales” – The Camelizer web extension for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari or their website, CamelCamelCamel.com. I’ve written about this tool a couple of times before, but it’s really important that you know how to use it properly this Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopping season. With one click you’ll instantly know whether an item is really on sale or if it’s on “sale” to dupe you into buying more.

If you have the web extension installed it’s as easy as clicking a button for any product you’re shopping on Amazon. Whenever you’re on the product page, just click the camel icon in your browser’s status bar and you’ll see a historical pricing chart, like this:

The Camelizer historical pricing

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If you’re not on Amazon but you want to see historical pricing, just visit CamelCamelCamel.com from your computer or phone. Type in the product name or model number and voila! You’ll instantly know whether this retailer is your friend or foe.

camelcamelcamel.com pricing graph

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I’d Love to Write More, but That’s All There Is to It!

I’m not one to fluff up an article just to increase the word count – that’s all you need to know to stay safe this year! If you’re not using SubmitAndForget.com’s free shopping service for Cyber Monday shopping, at least protect yourself from getting duped by fake sales.

If you see a sale that makes you raise an eyebrow, run it through the Camelizer or the 3Camels website before you spring for it. Within a few seconds a retailer who thought you were at the mercy of their “sale” stickers is no longer in control. Take control of your shopping destiny, friends. The retailers don’t own us anymore! Viva la revolucion!

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