Great Tips for Shopping Black Friday in a Quantum Power Wheelchair

I never run from a good sale. Prior to my mobility challenges, I use to stand in Black Friday lines, awaiting the must-have sales. Now that I have a disability, I still shop Black Friday, but I am very strategic. Usually, the Black Friday ads are released 2 to 3 weeks before the sale itself. After I make a list of what I need, I plan my shopping trip with my Quantum Power Wheelchair with iLevel® technology. 

Navigate the Layout with My Quantum Power Wheelchair

Merlisha shops while elevated at iLevel in her Quantum Power Wheelchair

I try to limit my shopping to just three stores. I usually speak with a manager to confirm the layout for the Black Friday sale. This is extremely critical because I need to make sure that my power wheelchair can maneuver through some of the tight aisles.  When you go to places like Walmart, they move their electronics to another section that doesn’t have as much foot traffic. Everything is wrapped up in very large pallets. So, if you have your eyes on a 65-inch flat screen TV, it’s not unusual for that item to end up in housekeeping or camping.

Bring a Shopping Buddy

Merlisha shops in her Quantum Power Wheelchair

In addition to scouting out the store layout, I bring a shopping buddy. This person serves as a second set of ears and eyes since there is so much confusion going on when they open the doors. Stay optimistic! If you can’t find that one item you are really looking for, you can always use Cyber Monday as a backup.

Make sure your shopping buddy helps you stick to the list and not get distracted. Retailers have a way of putting things in the middle of the aisle or at the end to get your attention. This is when it’s important to stick to your budget, no matter what.

Elevating at iLevel in My Quantum Power Wheelchair

I find my Black Friday shopping experience is so much better when I am elevated iLevel. Having the ability to see people face to face in large crowd is an advantage. This makes getting around easier and gives me more confidence. If I am in the parking area, I always put my front and rear LED fender lights on so that people see me driving across the parking lot.

Learn About Potential Fees

Finally, always stop by the customer service counter and find out if there are any upfront fees on returns. Will returning an item result in a restocking fee? Is the policy for electronics different from that of clothing? It usually is in most stores, so pay close attention.

At any rate your shopping experience is all made different because of the ability to be iLevel. The sky is the limit. Let’s iLevel up!

About Merlisha Henderson: Merlisha uses an Edge 3 Power Wheelchair for mobility and lives in Arizona with her family. As a wife, mother and disability advocate in her community, she stays active and independent, working toward bringing equality and access to all. Click here to learn more about Merlisha.

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