Besides not having to leave the house and fight the crowds at shopping centers, especially during the holidays, the benefits of online shopping are numerous, not least of which is saving big. Other benefits of shopping online include the ability to research, compare prices, and find exclusive discounts from the comfort of your own home and have your purchases delivered to your front door. Additionally, many retailers provide online-only discounts and sales that you would not otherwise be privy to if you shop at a brick and mortar. All you need to do is know where to look.
Going Once, Going Twice…
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By using online auction sites, such as eBay and Bidgunner, shoppers get cheaper prices on many products. People occasionally put items up for auction without any reserve price, which means bidders can potentially purchase items for much cheaper than what it is worth through the auction format. Another strategy to potentially save money through online auction sites is to look for misspellings. Typo Hound allows you to type in a product and then presents all the possible misspellings and searches online auction sites for you. This can help you get items at a discount because no one else is bidding on them.
What’s on Sale?
Some of the better product-tracking websites that will alert you to sales include Price!pinx, which you can use at more than 1,000 online stores. After signing up for a Price!pinx account, drag its “bookmarklet” to your browser’s toolbar. Whenever you’re shopping online and see something you like, highlight the price and then click on the bookmarklet. When the price drops for that item, Price!pinx notifies you via e-mail. Another quality site is Shop It To Me, which monitors the websites of top clothing retailers. After entering your favorite brands and size, they send you a “Salemail” alert highlighting which items are currently on sale.
The Art of Travel Booking
Travel is one of the more expensive arenas and finding travel deals is an art form. For years now, eschewing the travel agent has become commonplace, especially with the DIY aspects of the Internet. Additionally, airlines charge booking fees for phone reservations, and booking online waives that fee. There are a number of online booking sites for flights, hotels, and car rentals, including Priceline, Orbitz, Travelocity, and Expedia. Utilizing a site such as Kayak, for example, allows you shop different stores to find the lowest price, while HotelTonight allows you to access same-day discounted hotel rooms.
Use The Internet In Stores
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If you still like shopping in an actual store, get the RedLaser app, which allows you to scan barcodes and instantly check prices and reviews. You can also check coupon aggregators such as CouponCabin or RetailMeNot for promo codes or printable coupons for purchases you plan on making. Ben’s Bargains tracks around 2,000 retailers and publishes hundreds of deals a day.
In our increasingly digital world, the benefits of online bargain-shopping seem infinite. With these tips, you’re bound to find a bargain on anything from best laptops, treadmills, clothes, furniture, and almost anything else.