The Internet has definitely made shopping convenient! There is no need to stand in a long queue waiting for check out, no need to run to different stores to check other brands. You have access to all the product details, along with customer feedback and reviews, the convenience of getting your order delivered to your doorstep, easy exchange and return policies and more. And in case you change your mind about your selected item, rather than feeling pressured into buying, you can simply cancel your order.
The benefits and perks of online shopping are many, but one thing which tops the list is the easy access to amazing hot deals and offers that online portals offer their customers. Sometimes, to attract new customers to shop online, e-tailors even offer discount coupons and rebates on products.
Online shopping portals offer really dynamic pricing but it is also a known fact that the price you see now can drop in future. It would be really great if there was a way of keeping track whenever a new deal pops up or there is a further drop in the price.
If you want to save more and get better deals on your next online shopping spree, check out the following tips.
By creating a wishlist you can effectively keep a track of the products you wish to buy. However you will have to manually check your wishlist to see if there is a price drop. To avoid this, you can create multiple wishlists on different e-commerce websites, and then whenever there is a price drop you will be notified through price drop alerts.
According to a study by The Wall Street Journal, brands can hike the prices depending on how frequently you visit their website and the postcode/zipcode of your location. In addition, they also have easy access to your preferences and shopping patterns via data saved in ‘cookies’. Shopping in incognito mode will prevent access to this information.
Clear your browsing history and cookies
There is no doubt that search history and cookies make your shopping easier, and by clearing it you will also lose your saved preferences. To avoid inconvenience you can browse for a product in the usual browser- Chrome/Firefox - and once you have zeroed in on a particular item you can make the final purchase in incognito mode.
Before making your next purchase online, search for a discount coupon. Stores and brands regularly offer discounts as a part of their sales strategy. This information is available on affiliate websites, their own blogs and even during checkout. You can also easily score a good discount by installing a plugin in your browser that automatically searches for a discount and applies in during checkout.
Comparing prices online on different portals is a tedious, time consuming task.. The smart answer to this problem is to make use of a price aggregator.
A price aggregator is a price analysis tool or a comparison shopping agent. There are numerous websites who offer this service, and you not only get the best price, but also score reward points and extra discounts by making use of their affiliate code.
Nothing irks a seller more than a customer not completing their purchase, and e-commerce websites are also no exception to this rule. All e-commerce websites want to complete the sale as soon as possible, and with new AI powered tools they are able to track an order completion as well as cart abandonment.
In case of cart abandonment you are most likely to receive a pop-up with extra discount, or an email with a discount coupon within a few hours. Using this trick can definitely save you big bucks in the long run.
Often, online sales occur without much prior notification. However if you follow bloggers and ‘deal hounds’ on social media, you will often get easy access to sale that you would have otherwise missed. There is one downside though, be prepared to have a feed full of shopping deals!
There are a number of ‘add-on’ tools that can be easily installed in your browser. Chrome/Firefox/Safari all have this option, and the tool will automatically alert you with a pop-up notification if the item you are searching for is available at a lower price on another e-commerce website.
Every day we browse various e-commerce websites to find the best deals and offers, the key is to stay alert and not buy in haste. A little time spent on research can definitely get you a better deal! Happy Shopping Everyone!