So much of what we buy is on the Internet nowadays. Big retailers like Amazon and small hobbyist sites alike offer huge varieties of items and brands. However, people have become so used to shopping online and buying things based on impulse that they don’t search for discounts and better prices the way they would if they were looking for the same item in a physical store. In this post, we’ll talk about some of the little-known ways to get good deals while shopping online, which can save you a lot of money if you use them consistently.
The first thing to do is comparison shopping. You have to know what is out there and who is selling that product. Chances are if you are looking for a hot commodity, then there will be a lot of companies trying to sell it. You want the best offer and the most competitive prices to meet your needs. It’s extremely convenient to go to Amazon for everything and just assume that the site is offering the best price, but in reality, you can often find the same item at different retailers at a better price. Considering that it only takes a few minutes to scan potentially dozens of sites, there’s no excuse not to do it. However, many people don’t think of comparison shopping because shopping online has become so convenient. It takes no time at all to buy something as soon as you see it.
Next, look for coupons. Big retailers and service providers give out lots of coupons and promo codes, but most people don’t know about them. Look for sites that host a variety of Amazon coupons and promo codes for other sites. The big retailers frequently release these deals as a marketing ploy to sell more of a particular item or encourage more people to shop, but they don’t want many people to take advantage of them. Deal aggregator sites compile these codes for the general public to use, and the savings can be significant.
You should also look for alternative versions of your item. For example, many consumer electronics are much cheaper if you get the version that is the one older than the newest and greatest. Textbooks and other school goods have international versions that are a fraction of the price of the domestic version. Many items have gently used versions being sold online at a big discount. All of this adds up to potential savings without a compromise on quality.
The bottom line is that a little bit of time can turn up all kinds of extra discounts. Online shopping is convenient, but giving up a little bit of convenience unlocks real savings.
About the Author: Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky Snowball. The information in this article is credited to Discountrue.com.
This guest post was written by Lizzie Weakly – a freelance writer from Columbus, OH.