Online shopping is convenient, fast and easy to access. So Im pretty sure majority of us have tried doing online shopping at some point in our life at least once. And yes, it is more common and safe, but let’s not forget that there are definitely some kind of danger (aka risk), as well as more special deals (aka discounts) involved during online shopping. Since it is rather difficult to avoid online shopping (after you have turned into an addict), why not shop smart? Join me on this quest to shop hard and shop smart now!
1) Always check out for any first-time purchase discount code
Yes most of the online stores offer that! And usually it will range from 10%-20% off, or simply cash voucher that are claimable upon check out. Or rather, you will need to subscribe them (and by subscribing to them, they are allowed to send you promotional emails) to get the discount code for first time purchase. Either way, it is a win win situation, you get your price off on the items you want, and you get to have first hand information when they have new arrivals or special discounts exclusive for subscribers. If you like their range of items, I’m sure you will want to check back for other offerings as well. So why not?
2) Check their shipping rates and conditions
Well, i will usually check their international shipping charges and minimum before i even proceed to look at their items. This is important (if you usually do international shipping) because it will allow you to have an overview of the overall price that you will be checking out (your item(s) + shipping + any additional fees). And it is critical to know because if the shipping rates are high (e.g. $20 for international shipping), the value of the item that you are going to purchase will be more expensive than what you will consider a ‘good deal’. Thus, it may be better if you could find another online store that offer free international shipping (e.g. ASOS) or simply check out your local retail shops.
3) Read reviews about that online store or the items
Sometimes, it is hard to determine the credibility of the online store (since it is considered virtual) and if the product that they are selling matches the price you are paying. Especially when you are dealing with money online (via credit card), it is extremely crucial to note that your details are secured. If you can’t find any reviews about the online store, then the next best option is to look out for any kind of review on items that they are selling (in their own site). This could be reviews written by customers in their site under each product. Read through and see what are some of the problems they faced and the feedback on the quality of the product etc (well it is good to know what others been through so you don’t have to go through it as well). The more reviews that the product have (when there are both good and bad reviews), the more credible they will be. And also look out for photos that customers tagged or uploaded. It will give more assurance of the reviews and reviewers.
4) Check out the sale section
You may be surprised to know that there are plenty of good deals at the sale section, including items that look great and are heavily discounted. Sale section usually comprises item that are out of season or are previously priced too high (thus lesser purchases made) or are items that do not have much available sizes left. If you are too lazy to go through pages and pages of items that do not have your size, do go to the filter section to filter out your size, preferred colour etc. That will enhance your efficiency when looking out for good deals (that is the perks of buying online since it is less messy and more desirable to shop sale section). In addition, online shops tend to offer sale on sale (additional sale on top of the sale) during times when they want to clear their stock fast and it is a great avenue for consumers who are looking out for a good deal.
5) Place your items in the ‘wish list’
You really like many items but you are just not ready to buy them all? Yes i believe many of us experienced that. The ‘angel’ in our head will tell us NO even before we proceed to the check out counter. Thus, that is when the ‘wish list’ comes in handy to save our items so we can go back to them some other time to maybe purchase them? It is really useful as you will not have to go through the entire product list again to search for the same item when you are ready to purchase it. And in times of sale (eg. storewide sale for a limited time), you are all ready to go for it on the items that you are eyeing on for the longest time. It saves you the hassle and you will also have more time to go through the new items before the sale expires. You are also able to monitor price drop for your desired items easily. So why not? Make full use of the ‘wish list’ so you will save more $$ for next purchase. *high five*