Finding the Best Deals for Online Shopping
Shopping online is undoubtedly one of the most convenient ways to purchase products. This is exactly why the e-commerce industry continues to grow! It is also SO easy to score great deals using various methods. And today, I am going to be sharing a few tips to help you do just that.
I am going to share some of the tips I use to find flights and score other deals online. Continue reading to learn more.
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1. Shop on the Right Day
Most retailers roll out special deals and discounts on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. So go easy on the checkout button and try a little patience instead. According to Rather-Be-Shopping.com, the best day to buy computers is Tuesdays, as major retailers such as Hewlett-Packard and Dell Home give out special coupons on Tuesdays.
Bookworms are in luck as most retailers such as Barnes and Noble and Amazon put lots of books on sale and target bibliophiles who fancy a weekend doing little but reading.
2. Evade Dynamic Pricing by Using a VPN
Dynamic pricing is simply stored telling you that you are where you live. This means that online merchants use your location, your spending and browsing patterns, and the current product demand to show you varying prices. Have you ever wanted to buy an air ticket that shot up 20% higher the next day? That is dynamic pricing for you. Using a VPN enables you to mask your IP address and location, shielding you from dynamic pricing, especially with air tickets and hotel rooms.
To evade this sneaky strategy, you should:
- Clear your entire browsing history, including cookies
- Log out of all your social media accounts
- Browse using incognito mode, or download a VPN for an anonymous browsing session
- When searching for things like air tickets, select less developed countries as home to get bargains on the tickets
3. Use your Coupons Wisely
If a website allows you to have a combination of promo codes and coupons at checkout, use them in a certain order. For example, if you have a promo code for a 30% discount and a $20 coupon, use the 30% promo code first. This subtracts 30% of the total item price, and later, you can get more savings with your $20 discount coupon.
4. Ask For a Price Drop Refund
You may have purchased an item and the next day it is on sale, remember how annoyed you felt?
The good news is some companies refund you the difference if you contact them directly before a certain number of days elapse. For example, Amazon may give a refund within seven days from the date of delivery. Sites such as Camelcamelcamel.com actually monitor Amazon’s price changes.
5. Talk to Customer Service
You log into your email on an idle afternoon, intending to read and delete some emails. You come across a coupon that sadly expired the previous day and want to pull your hair! Did you know you could possibly remedy this?
Call the hotline and ask them to extend the hotline since you would like to place an order. Since sales reps are about closing deals, they will either extend the coupon or give you a new promo code. It is not guaranteed to work every time, especially if the promo was for a low-priced item. You have nothing to lose, so it is worth a shot.
Instead of the hotline, you can do live time chats on the company website. Ask politely about the product you want to purchase and ask if they have any discounts. Chat support can issue you with special edition promo codes, a fact very few are aware of, but now you know!
As an avid couponer, my goal is always to NEVER PAY FULL PRICE FOR ANYTHING. Frugal living doesn’t mean going without. It just means shopping SMARTER. And now, we can save on our online purchases by employing the few simple tricks outlined above. Happy saving!