Shopping online is always a great idea. Not only does it take less time, but it’s also an easy way to save some money.
Here are 7 tips on how to maximize the advantages of online shopping.
1. Search for the best online price
Google, Bing, Baidu, Yandex, and any other search engine are your best friends.
Type the name of the product that you’re searching for and you’ll be comparing prices on different sites like a boss in no time.
Can you image how long it take to call, not even drive, to each store trying to get a price check on your dream item? Use the internet, it’s faster.
2. Scavenge for coupons
The web is filled with coupon sites. The goal of a coupon site is obvious: share coupons. Checking websites like Bargain Moose. RetailMeNot, and All Sales on a regular basis can net you some great deals. Don’t forget, you can often get coupons just from signing up your favorite retailer’s newsletter.
Always check shipping policies. Many retailers offer free shipping and returns. This can save you the hassle of paying fees to return your package if it doesn’t suit your needs.
4. Canadian retailers
American eCommerce websites often ship to Canada, but these packages usually come with shipping delays and surprise custom fees. Buying from a Canadian website enables you to receive your order without any bad surprises.
5. Return deadlines
Double check the return policy whenever you buy online. In most cases, you’ll get something like a 6o day return policy, but it can be as short as 7 days in some cases.
6. Price matching
Sometimes, your favorite retailer forgets they sold you an item at full-price less than 24 hours before putting it on sale. This doesn’t mean you got screwed over. If you check their price matching policies, you can often get credited the price difference. This can even apply to items on sale on a competitor’s website. For example, your favorite online retailer doesn’t have your Arc’teryx Atom on sale but their competitor does. If you just pick up the phone or send an email to their customer service, you’ll get the price matched in a jiffy.
7. Loyalty card
Some retailers offer membership or a loyalty card. You should check them out because often the benefits outweigh the cost of the loyalty program.
You now have all the tools to start your online shopping experience.