It’s no secret that online sales continue to grow, as more and more of us love to shop online. However, with online shopping gaining rapidly in popularity each and every day. How many of us truly know when we’re getting a good deal or simply acting on impulse and buying things we don’t really need.
Today I’m going to be talking about my favourite hints and tips to ensure you can get a great deal when shopping online every single time!
1. Do You Need It?
You could find something for 95% off… But it’s only a good deal if you actually really need it. So, before buying anything ask yourself “Do I need it?”, “Will I use it?” and “Can I afford it?”
If you’re answer to all of three of these questions is yes, then you can start looking at the hints and tips below to ensure you get the very best deal when shopping online.
2. Buy As A Crowd
Purchasing products and getting deals as a team is becoming ever popular. One example of this is Peddler.com, where like-minded people can shop together for the things they love and get them for less.
I decided to put Peddler to the test and compare a couple of the products to the online price indexer PriceSpy.
The first product, Babyzen YOYO Pushchair. Currently available for £369 should 9 other people work with you on Peddler to purchase this item you’ll get a saving of 10% making the cost of the very same pushchair £335.46.
Without Peddler, the cheapest option in accordance to PriceSpy is that full price RRP of £369!
I checked out some of the other products currently popular on Peddler including;
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100
Sirch Sibis Flix Ride-On Car
Q Acoustics M3 Soundbar
Muemma Arina Bluetooth Speaker
Each and every time the price available on Peddler was less than I could find anywhere else online!
Peddler works by you telling them what you want. Simply paste a link to the product(s) of your choosing on a Peddle It page and leave them to do the work connecting you with the merchants who offer the product(s) you want. With support from the like-minded ‘Peddlers’ and the buying power of a crowd you’re able to get that dream product for less.
Registration is simple, you can even link up your account with Facebook or your Google account allowing for one click registration. I even got side tracked writing this post and ended up putting together a little birthday wish list that I’m planning on sharing with friends and family.
3. Buy Refurb, Out Of The Box or Second Hand
Depending on the product you’re looking to buy there are plenty of ways which you can save money buy purchasing a refurb, out of the box or second hand product.
All refurbished products tend to come with the same (if not better) guarantee when compared to the original product. One example of this is my DJi Phantom 3 drone that I purchased last year. I bought a refurb from the electronics store Jessops with a one year warranty and saved myself £50!
You could pick up a second hand bargain thanks to unwanted presents, or upgrades. Depending on the product huge savings could be made here depending on how quickly and conveniently the person you’re buying from wants rid of the product or the cash. The best place to start here would have to be eBay.
Don’t be afraid to go to stores and ask if they are willing to sell you the display model of something, maybe it’s a sofa? maybe it’s a new TV? It could be some new furniture – you can expect to save up to 40% by doing so…
4. Abandon Your Online Shopping Cart
Have you ever been shopping online, adding things to your basket and then suddenly got distracted. Maybe your boss walked in, or the baby woke up crying…
You leave and never come back, leaving your basket full with goodies you were just about to purchase. Well, online retailers know this. Which is why you may often find an email in your inbox prompting you to finish your order.
By leaving items in your virtual cart, you’re demonstrating to a store that you’re contemplating a purchase. This encourages the store to entice you with a deal.
It’s then not uncommon to find that the company will email you enticing you to come back to your shopping cart. This can often include a promotional code or exclusive offer.
5. Search For Discount Codes
You’d be surprised what a quick Google search like “XX Discount Code” will turn up. In fact, such a search could save you up to 30% on a product!
If a Google search doesn’t work out, I often check out sites such as HotUKDeals where savvy online shoppers like you and I can share deals and discount codes.
If after all that, I still have nothing I’ll hit up the company directly. Don’t be afraid of sending them a Tweet or posting on their Facebook wall explaining that you’re thinking of buying a specific product and you wondered if there were any deals to be had – If you don’t ask, you don’t get!
As always I’d love to know you’re secrets, tricks and tips on how to get a good deal online. Let me know you’re biggest success stories down in the comments below…