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With the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping through the entire world, lockdown is real. Shopping online has become the easiest way to shop. I am always on the lookout for great deals that will help me save a penny or two! I am going to share some of the tips I use to find flights and other deals and save some dollars online!
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1. Shop on the Right Day
Most people are spending a lot of time indoors due to the COVID-19 lockdown, and thankfully, the internet is keeping a majority of them sane! Being cooped up means you might spend a lot of time browsing through retail stores. However, do not be tempted to cash out too soon. 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 will give a refund within seven days from the date of delivery. Sites such as Camelcamelcamel.com that 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 now you can 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!
Now that we are all stuck at home for the COVID-19 lockdown, we can save on our online purchases by employing the few simple tricks outlined above. Happy saving!