In the age of the internet, online shopping has not only become extremely convenient, but also very exciting! Today, every product and service that you could possibly think of purchasing is just a few clicks away. All you need is a laptop or a tablet/smartphone with an internet. What makes online shopping even more appealing is the fact that you have access to unlimited options with unbelievable deals and discounts. You can make quick and smart shopping decisions and purchase everything you need without burning a hole in your pocket. Simply practise the following clever online shopping hacks.
- Utilise Price Comparison Tools
Many times you come across products that are available on multiple online stores at different prices. It can be a tedious task to zero in on the retailer that offers the best price for your desired product. To reduce this effort, use price comparison websites and Chrome extensions like PricePanda, iPrice, PriceBlink or Camelizer to find the best bet for the product your eyes are set on.
- Clear Your Browsing History and Cookies
Make sure to erase your browsing history and cookies or log out of all your social networking accounts and go incognito before you embark on your shopping spree. All the data stored in your browsing history enables online merchants to implement dynamic pricing on products and services (especially flight fares), depending on your location, interests and browsing pattern. Prices are likely to increase every time you search for certain products implying rise in demand. So, clear your browsing history and evade paying higher price.
- Add Items to Your Cart and Wait
While delaying your tasks is not advisable in other walks of life, it is certainly a good idea to delay your checkout process when it comes to online shopping. The trick is to log in to the e-commerce website, add products to your cart and then not visit the website for a few days. There are high chances that the e-commerce website will reach out to you with special offers and discounts on your selected items, to encourage you to complete the transaction.
- Hunt for Coupons and Vouchers
Save a lot of money on your online purchase by redeeming available coupons and vouchers. Always look for best promos and discount codes for additional savings before you checkout. There are many websites on the internet that offer great deals, discounts and cashbacks on products and services such as GroupOn, RetailMeNot, Coupons.com and ShopBack. Whether you’re booking a flight or accommodation on Expedia, or purchasing the perfect outfit for an upcoming event from ASOS, do keep in mind to viisit these websites to grab the best deals on your next purchase.
You can also install the Chrome extension ‘Honey’ (and other such extensions and software) to find out about all the discount codes for a particular website.
- Save Your Shipping Cost
A lot of e-commerce websites offer free shipping over a certain bill amount. If your order costs less than the minimum billing amount for free shipping, then add another product to your cart that helps you cross that threshold. Once your shipping charge is free, proceed to place an order. As soon as you get an order confirmation, you can just go back to your order and cancel the item that you don’t intend to purchase.
- Shop Til You Drop on Weekdays
When shopping online, pay attention to the day of the week. It is an open secret that most online stores offer the most generous discounts and deals on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. So, restrain yourself on other days of the week (particularly Sunday!) and wait for the best three days to unleash your inner shopaholic!
Try these simple hacks when you shop online next time. We’re confident that these hacks will not only enhance your online shopping experience but also help you make the most of your future shopping sprees!
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