Tips and tricks necessary to make sure you always get the lowest price when you’re buying online.
Millions of people are buying online every day and it’s only natural that you like others want the best deals possible. Below are tips to make sure you’re getting the absolute lowest price you can. I must say, a bit of patience and research is required.
- Deal sites are a great place to start. Slickdeals.net having a front page that features the most popular product sales around the Web, ranging from fashion, electronics to movies also has a searchable database. So, you’re likely to see a great sale on a shoe, laptop, bag dress, or perfume. Another great site is woot.com, it’s the original deal-a-day website, now owned by Amazon.com. In addition to its main offerings, the site offers a deals tab, where users share products that are currently being offered at a low price. I must warn you, deal sites can be pretty addicting and are generally only a good place to visit if you actually need something. But, we all need something every day and it’s worth it anyways, don’t you think so?
- If you don’t need it right away, track the price. If you can wait, price-tracking services help to make sure you’re not overpaying on your purchase. CamelCamelCamel.com is one of the oldest and best price trackers. It keeps track of Amazon.com’s prices, as well as the third-party offerings in its marketplace.A good example of why it’s great: Say you want to buy a laptop or phone. CamelCamelCamel shows the lowest price, the current price, which is close to its highest. Enter your desired price along with your email or Twitter handle and the site alerts you when the price drops to that point. You have to pick a reasonable price if you ever want to get the notification, though.
- Leave items in your cart. Log in to your account, place your desired items in the cart and then just let it sit. Retailers want to close the deal, so they’ll find ways to draw you back. In a few days you may get an email with a coupon or an offer for a better price. You need to have an account with the online store and be logged in when you leave your cart. It might not work for every website, but this ‘coupon trick’ works.
- Search for coupons. If you’re not getting coupon codes from the abandoned-cart strategy, check out popular coupon sites likeretailmenot.com,couponcraze.com and couponmom.com. The best deals tend to have multiple layers of discounts, or coupons. For instance, an item with a discounted price might offer a code for 10 percent off to its email customers, another for 15 percent to its Facebook page, but then 20 percent for users of its mobile app and free shipping.
- Connect over social media. Follow retailers onsocial media (Twitter, Instagram or Facebook) Why? Because they often reward their social media followers with exclusive coupons or early access to major sales.
- Escape the dynamic pricing trap. Dynamic pricing is a strategy online retailers use to offer different prices to different customers based on demand, market factors and each user’s browsing and spending patterns. This technique has become more sophisticated now that websites can track your internet surfing and gain an intimate knowledge of your online behavior. Retailers use this data to determine your price point, which means when you go to purchase a product, you may see a higher price than someone with different spending habits using a different computer. The best way to avoid getting charged a higher price is to erase your browser’s cookies and log out of your account. You can also try using your browser’s version of a ‘private’ or ‘incognito’ window, so cookies aren’t saved during your search. To go incognito simply press Ctrl + Shift +N on your keyboard.
Lastly, never assume you’re getting the best price from your favorite online store – so please check their competitors to be sure about that.
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