With Christmas out of the way, it’s prime time for online shopping bargains. But making sure that you’re saving money online isn't always as straightforward as you might think. Here’s how to game the system and bag the very best deals.
Google The Product ID
Just because you’ve found the product you want at a reasonable price doesn’t mean that you’ve found the lowest price on the internet. Yes, you might be in a discount store, but you’d be surprised just how much the price of a particular item varies from retailer to retailer. Go on the shopping search engine and type in the product name or ID. Then select “price: low to high.” The first result should be the cheapest instance of the product, although sometimes you end up with something a little different to what you want. Just look for the first product that matches your specifications and grab it.
Get Discount Codes And Catalogs
Retailers know that they can get business from savvy shoppers if they have the option to enter a discount code. Most people will pass these codes by without even thinking about searching for the codes online, but savvy shoppers never miss a trick. If a retailer gives you the option to enter a discount code, the chances are that the code is available out there on the internet somewhere, waiting to be found in a forum or a blog. Search for the code and try your luck: you could bag yourself a bargain. Remember, retailers often cycle their codes, so try a few before you give up entirely.
Retailers also like to advertize the fact that they are offering discounts through online catalogs. Publications, including Carmel Catalog, give budget-conscious shoppers the opportunity to find discounts that aren’t always available in-store. Here you can find money off things like women’s underwear and clothing for going out.
Add Items To Your Shopping Cart, Then Abandon It
Adding items to your shopping cart and then abandoning it is one of the best ways to get the attention of an online retailer. Many retailers are desperate to improve what they call “conversions” which is the proportion of people who come to their site and actually buy something. Because of this, they’re often keen to offer deals to people who thought about making a purchase but didn’t in the end for whatever reason. The retailer knows that these people are interested in the product and that they are familiar with their brand, so they will often try to coax customers back to complete the sale with special offers.
This is how bargain hunters can game the system. Abandoning the cart will often prompt the retailer to get in touch with you by email. Often they’ll say something like “you’ve still got items in your basket” followed by “if you checkout in the next 24 hours, you’ll save 10 percent.”
This is a great tactic if you don’t need something immediately. Just plop the items in your basket and wait a couple of days for the follow up email to arrive.