Our previous post introduced you the various online shopping jargons & terms & how to check if a website is genuine or fraud. Now that you are are informed shopper, we go one step further and teach you the hacks that we will help you save money while shopping online.
Here are 10 wise tips from experts to help you get the best value for your money spent online!
Discounts, discounts and more discounts! That is the reward online shoppers get when they decide to shop online, not to forget the options that they have before them.
Imagine being stationed at just one place, with either a laptop in front of you or a tablet / smart phone in your hand and having the option to switch tabs of different online portals offering just about anything under the sun and better still, being able to compare the price and offers each one of them have!
No wonder, online shopping has caught up like wild fire but then it is important to note that the fire is there to enlighten and not burn us, right?
Let us share with you some absolutely fantastic hacks to help you get full value when you decide to shop online.
Table of Contents
- 1. Ensure safety and security
- 2. Switch tabs
- 3. Sleep over it
- 4. Clear your browsing history and cookies
- 5. Sunday isn’t the Day
- 6. Check on the promos and coupons available
- 7. Accumulate first time user coupons using different emails
- 8. Gift Cards on Offer
- 9. Don’t just Subscribe to Newsletters …look out for something better
- 10. Use comparison sites
1. Ensure safety and security
The most important of all is to ensure that the platform you are using is safe. You really wouldn’t want to be a victim to any online scam considering you would be using your debit / credit card or net banking to shop. Another threat is that of accessing portals that are fraudulent. You may be at the risk of downloading spyware thus giving access to all your personal information and passwords. Make sure you install an anti-malware software. Also, if you plan to buy from any new portal, check on the following for sure –
- About Us page (to learn more about the company)
- Refund policy
- Contact information
- Reviews on Google about the portal
2. Switch tabs
Come on! Don’t get lazy. There are a plethora of online players our there and most of them have common brands / common products. Access at least five of them to check on the prices, delivery option and also reviews. Easy way out is to Google the name of the product / brand you wish to buy. Staring back at you from your screen would be the list of players selling it. Check each one out. You would be amazed to see how the pricing differs. Use websites like Buy Hatke that will give you a comparison of the prices of the same product on various portals.
3. Sleep over it
Don’t you worry! It won’t go out of stock! Even if it does, there would be someone else offering it to you later. Make sure you don’t log in to check on the prices like 5 times a day! Just fill in your cart and log off. 80 per cent of the times the portal will email you something like… “We just saw you abandoned your cart. Here is a 10 per cent special discount for you on your total bill value’. Whoever said sleeping doesn’t pay!
Especially when you are booking your air-tickets. Make sure you log out from all your accounts. Dynamic pricing is in action most often than not and the more you check on the rates through different sites, you will see ultimately your prices go higher each time you check.
Thus implying that based on the demand you show, the availability will come to you at a premium. And you really do not want yourself to pay higher price when you can get your air tickets / hotels / deals and discounts cheaper. To know more about dynamic pricing, check out this article: https://www.business.com/articles/what-is-dynamic-pricing-and-how-does-it-affect-ecommerce/
5. Sunday isn’t the Day
Unless of course you want to spend more. Majority of the players have fantastic offers running on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Check on the same. You will end up saving for sure.
6. Check on the promos and coupons available
If you are planning to go out for a meal or ordering food online, this hack is an absolute must! Just Google for discounts available on your favorite dining option. There is always some promo going on somewhere. This well implies to almost all categories, especially the ones in the food and entertainment genre. Try coupon sites/discount sites to check on the offers that are running.
Some of the theatres offers Buy 1 Get 1 on off-days / late night shows. You would be surprised to even know that holiday tours can be booked based on discounts and promotions by tour operators. A lot many eCommerce brands too have fantastic offers running and this is not limited to only the big names. For example, niche players like Tilia Organics, Tilia Flowers, BuyBooksIndia.com have irresistible offers running on different occasions.
If you log onto and subscribe to GreatBuyz you can actually keep a track on the offers running across your favorite brands through their Streamz option. The best part about this is that players like GreatBuyz do not bombard you with things you have little interest in.
Download the GreatBuyz App on your mobile here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.turacomobile.gb
7. Accumulate first time user coupons using different emails
Now this sounds a bit cheeky but why not! So many of the portals out there offer special discounts when you sign up with them for the first time. If you can get access to a new mobile number or borrow your mom’s number and just create a new email address, you are definitely in for some exciting offers and discounts.
8. Gift Cards on Offer
Buy gift cards when on offers. You can use these to shop when you need later. The gift cards are offered at a discounted rates most of the time. Make use of them as the validity is almost for 12 months. GreatBuyz offers 5% cash back on gift cards. Gift or not, a deal is a deal.
9. Don’t just Subscribe to Newsletters …look out for something better
You really do not want to SPAM your inbox with unwanted deals and offers which most often than not are masqueraded with umpteen ‘conditions apply’. Instead options like GreatBuyz Streamz will put you in touch with tempting offers and discounts without spamming your inbox.
10. Use comparison sites
Sites such as Price Dekho help you compare the same product prices or monitor trends in pricing. If you are buying a high value product, it might be a good idea to pay a visit to them to ensure you get a good deal.