We all love a bargain: after all, who doesn’t get a thrill when you discover that the pair of shoes you have been coveting for weeks is suddenly available at a knock-down price? Of course the advent of online shopping has made shopping for bargains a lot easier than it once was. In previous decades, shopping for bargains meant endless hours traipsing around the local stores or haggling with traders to secure a better price, but with the aid of a computer or web enabled phone, plus an internet connection, we can look for bargains online and pay for them with credit cards instead!
4 tips for finding bargains online:
1. Don’t be tempted to buy your goods directly from the manufacturer’s website! Sometimes it pays to go direct to the manufacturer, especially if they are running a special promotion, but more often than not you will be able to find the same product cheaper from a different supplier.
2. Make the most of shopping comparison search engines. Popular price comparison search engines take the hard work out of finding bargains online. All you need to do is type in the name of the product you are searching for and the search engine trawls through thousands of sites looking for the best prices in a matter of seconds. For white goods and electrical items, this service can be invaluable, but for more obscure items, you may still need to perform a manual search.
3. Check out prices on auction sites such as E-bay for they are very often cheaper than on other shopping sites. Smaller suppliers often sell their goods through a virtual store on websites like E-bay because it offers them access to a shopping cart system and plenty of customers. And because their business overheads are consequently much lower as a result, they can afford to reduce their prices accordingly. However, be wary of getting sucked into a bidding frenzy—always price check the item you are bidding on to make sure you are not going to end up paying over the odds!
4. Be prepared to factor in any extra delivery costs when shopping for bargains online and check very carefully that there are no hidden extra costs added in when you start the payment process. Some retailers are less than transparent about delivery costs when advertising their prices and there is little point paying a bargain price for an item if you have to pay an extortionate delivery charge to have it sent to your home!
That’s the end of the bargain hunter guide so it’s time to take your new bargain hunting skills out into the real world whip out the credit card and get shopping. If you don’t have a card you can always apply online for one of the many credit cards in Canada.
Miss Iffa ★ (Guest post by American Express)