Incase you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade and a half, the internet has become a vital part of virtually everyone’s day-to-day routines. No matter if you’re looking for information on how to fix something around the house, learn how to cook a meal for your upcoming date, trying to get information regarding the weather, or simply the fastest route from your current location to work, the Internet has you covered. As the internet continues to rapidly evolve and technology continues to excel at a fast (if not faster rate), millions of people around the world have replaced technology over tedious everyday tasks for faster information, cheaper alternatives, and more affordable solutions.
Much like you’d expect, shopping online has quickly become the norm. Those who shop online typically are able to find better deals, more options, and previous customer feedback regarding virtually any product or company. In the event that you’ve never shopped online before, consider this page a crash-course. Our intention here is to quickly catch you up to speed and allow you to save money, time, and energy while shopping online. Sure, you might have to wait a few days (or hours) waiting for your purchase to show up at your doorstep, but that the cost of shopping online.
Now let’s dive right in.
Where to Shop
Think of the internet of a virtually ending shopping mall. There are hundreds of thousands of online shops that you have the options of shopping from. When shopping online, you’d typically use your credit card or PayPal as a form of payment.
However, not all shops are as reliable or trustworthy. Due to the sharp increase in hacks and security breaches, it’s now considered a somewhat risky move shopping from small “mom and pop” websites. Truth be told, if a website’s shop is running on outdated versions, your credit card information is potentially at risk of being stolen from hackers (or online shop owners).
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We don’t mention this as a means to scare you or alarm you, but it’s definitely something to be aware of. For this reason, we often recommend shopping at mainstream shops online not limited to amazon.com, Walmart.com, ebay.com, newegg.com, and more. All being said and done, we recommend searching for products on the aforementioned marketplaces as opposed to doing a google search such that you can mitigate credit card theft or worse.
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Of course, at the end of the day you do have the freedom to choose which website you shop from. If you find a better deal on a less-popular website, always do your research and check for ratings online regarding that online shop. Often times, if a web shop causes issues with people, these individuals will share their stories and experiences regarding said shop to prevent people such as yourself from getting negatively affected.
What to look for
Once you’ve found that special item you’ve been looking for, it’s time to spend a few minutes confirming the product is up to your standards. Since most people have a hard time believing the written the words on a product page or viewing two/three images provided by the manufacturer, marketplaces have implemented previous customer reviews and ratings. Thus, you can feel more confident in your purchase.
One of the first things you should look for on the product page is a rating system. If the product has been purchased by people previously, you’ll likely find a star-rating system that will quickly allow you to gauge previous customers feeling towards the quality of the given product. Next, you may want to look through the previous customer reviews and their provided images (if there are any). It should be noted that some people are easily impressed while others are extremely hard to be pleased. Thus, you should hop ship entirely if you see a single bad review out of hundreds of raving reviews. We simply suggest that you use your due diligence when reading through customer ratings.
Finally, its smart to consider shipping. There are services that exist (such as amazon prime) that allow you to save a considerable amount of money if you plan on shopping online frequently. Most, if not all online shops will charge for shipping until a certain threshold is hit. This is something to be aware of and should be factored in before pulling the trigger on your next online order.
Last Minute Savings
Before pulling out the good ole’ credit card and confirming your purchase, we always recommend exploring a few different channels for saving some extra dough.
First and foremost, we recommend taking a look through popular coupon sites, such as retailmenot.com to see if there are any coupons you might be able to use on checkout. Coupons have been around for a long, long time and they’ve become quite popular in the digital world. Before hitting the “checkout” button online, we always recommend spending an extra minute to look for last minute coupon code you might be aware exist. For an automated solution, you may want to check out the Honey extension for the Google Chrome browser. Once installed, the extension allows you to easily test hundreds of coupons found online and spits out the coupon code that provides the largest savings.
Secondly, we always recommend online shoppers to consider purchasing used products. Yes, we understand it’s a totally different feeling buying a used product as opposed to a brand new product, but you might be surprised to find out how much money you could save purchasing used items. If you’re open to the idea, we recommend looking for the given product on marketplaces such as ebay.com or even Facebook marketplace. It should be noted that you can also purchase used items on amazon.com (if anyone is selling).
Lastly we like to recommend keeping an eye out for low-key deals online. For example, there are a ton of web pages that have the sole purpose of providing you with the deals of the day/week/month. Some of these pages include:
There are quite a bit more deal-focused websites online and should be easy to find if you utilize your favorite search engine.
If you’re willing to shop smarter and put in a little bit of extra work, you might be surprised at how much extra money you can save. Simply put, most people arnt really willing to put in the work and checkout without doing their due diligence and thus are quite unhappy when their order arrives at their doorstep.
Always shop safely, stay away from old, outdated shops, do proper research on marketplaces/products, and always scour the web for last-minute savings. If you can get into a routine of doing this, you’ll likely be a much happier online shopper.
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