Sears is known as one of the largest chain of American department stores similar to Walmart, Target, Kmart and Kohl’s. Millions of people are visiting this store outlet annually and as expected the numbers will increase come Black Friday 2010. During this post-Thanksgiving shopping event, family member and relatives rush to malls in order to take advantage of huge discounted offerings on various items.For this year, Sears had taken advantage of giving its promotional items – the so-called doorbuster offers – weeks before the main shopping day. Pre-Black Friday items were also offered in order to encourage shoppers to buy and take advantage of significant savings.Gadget blogs and sites had reported these deals from the store showing as much as over 500 items from wide variety of category. Home appliances like LCD HDTVs, washers; Power tools like portable drills; Kitchen wares like pots and pans, electric mixer; clothes, exercise equipments, laptops, video game units, mobile phones and others.As good as it may sound, a smart shopper doesn’t only look solely at low price tags. There are things you need to consider in order to maximize your time, money and effort when getting an item at Sears, Best Buy, Walmart or any retail stores either online or not.1. Check the product – obviously, a 50% price discount on a gadget will make you excited to grab it and put in your shopping list. But before you do that, do check the product ( specs for gadgets, reviews, check comparable items and check for other store outlets that offer the same item). You could have seen the item listed at Sears or Walmart but it could be offered at a much lower price at Amazon or Best Buy. Which store would you go?2. Return policy for the product – it is expected that a variety of items will be up for sale come Black Friday at Sears, however, some of them could be defective. You don’t want to pay for a discounted product which you cannot use, would you? Verify the policy of the store in case the unthinkable happens.3. Go early – Expect a heavy downpour of shoppers at the store so it is better to go at the store early. Sears is expected to have its Black Friday sales open at 5am until 11am only. Early bird discounts are also being offered so take advantage of those.4. Use the internet – don’t despair if you didn’t make the curtain call because of heavy partying during Thanksgiving Day. You still have the internet to help you secure a deal. As much as possible, go to reputable shopping sites when purchasing a product. Some blogs and websites offer information about gift cards and coupon codes – which is good. But ultimately, it would be better if you give your credit card details and personal information only at trustworthy sites.Black Friday shopping can be fun if you have a concrete itinerary. Be a wise shopper and for sure, you’ll enjoy huge rewards.