This Year ‘Buen Fin’ Has Been Extended From a Long Weekend to a 12-Day Shopping Extravaganza

As a thrifty retiree, I’m always looking for opportunities to save money, especially on big ticket items like electronics and appliances. One of those opportunities begins tomorrow and it’s called Buen Fin.

Buen Fin — which is short for El Buen Fin de Semana “the good weekend” —  is Mexico’s version of Black Friday. You can find sales on goods and services throughout the country. You’ll also find deals online, so there’s no reason to go out if you don’t want to.

As the name would imply, Buen Fin traditionally only lasts for a weekend (plus a day or two), but as everyone on the planet is already fully aware, 2020 is a year of unprecedented events.  This year Buen Fin is scheduled to last for 12 days!

I wish weekends lasted that long back when I was a member of the working class.

Buen Fin 2020: November 9 – 20

This is a great time to save on everything from electronics to vacations.

If you live in Mexico, you might also want to check your local government’s website or social media accounts. Many government agencies offer Buen Fin discounts on things like driver’s license renewals and past due fines and taxes.

Well, that’s it for now. It’s a beautiful Sunday morning here in the Riviera Maya and the beach is calling my name. Hasta luego.

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Qroo Paul
Paul Kurtzweil (Q-Roo Paul) was a deputy sheriff in Florida for 25 years before retiring at the rank of lieutenant in 2015. He and his wife moved to Mexico looking to maximize their retirement income. They later started a blog called Two Expats Mexico (qroo.us) to share their experiences as well as information about the logistical and legal aspects of retiring south of the border.

13 Comments on "This Year ‘Buen Fin’ Has Been Extended From a Long Weekend to a 12-Day Shopping Extravaganza"

  1. I did not know this. I’m an e-commerce sales developer in the usa.
    I Love your posts!

  2. PattyJo Ryan-Johnson | November 8, 2020 at 11:17 am | Reply

    Love receiving your posts!

  3. I was in Mexico one year during Buen Fin. So I had to find out what it was all about. Of course, I didn’t need to buy anything as we were only visiting. But once we live there, I will plan for it.

  4. Debra Ann Baker | November 8, 2020 at 11:30 am | Reply

    Enjoy your day from us here in Puerto Vallarta……..

  5. Hi Paul…most of us who are either native Mexicans or who have lived in Mexico for quite a while (I’ve been here for 40 years) know that the Buen Fin is unfortunately pretty much a ripoff. Many (if not most) businesses actually RAISE their prices for a month or so prior to Buen Fin, and then “lower” them to normal or even slightly above normal amounts–to fool the public into believing that real bargains are actually being offered. On the other hand, sometimes businesses do offer the buyer extra months without interest as a way to hook people. I do appreciate your post that helps people know what “Buen Fin” means, but caution is in order. People need to check the actual price offered a few months back and compare that with the price of an item during theses next 12 days.

    • Good advice, Cristina. We’ve done well on buying televisions and booking trips, and in those cases we were tracking the prices for quite some time, but I’m sure many retailers compensate for the sales. It pays to do one’s research. 🙂

  6. Most Mexicans I know who come to visit USA go on a shopping binge here to avoid the high VAT tax in Mexico.

    • We shop for clothes and new cellphones in the U.S. when we’re there. When it comes to appliances and large electronics like televisions, we buy those in Mexico. The exchange rate this year has made our money go much farther than normal and we have done quite a bit more shopping this year.

      • Hi Paul – I am down in Mahahual but have to come up to Playa for a few days. I have to either get a rear bicycle wheel respoked or a new wheel. Do you have a couple bike shops you recommend? I want to contact them ahead of time in case they have to order anything in.

        Thanks

        Bill

  7. Leave it to Mexico to outdo the USA…. My concern is, that Mexico always tries to emulate the USA, having Buen Fin when we have Black Friday. I do not want Mexico to be like the USA, if it were, it would no longer be the Fun side of the wall. Mexico already emulates (and strives to emulate) the USA in too many ways in my book. VIVA MEXICO!

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