Shopping online can have a lot of benefits over heading out to bricks and mortar stores, especially when it comes to saving money. When you shop online, you are not only saving the time it takes to head out to the mall, and the cost of getting there and parking, but you’re also opening up your options in terms of the products you can choose, and the deals you can take advantage of.
Of course, there are a few reasons why some people do still prefer to make a lot of their purchases in person. It can be a lot easier to be sure that an item is exactly what you want and has the quality you’re looking for when you can check it out at the store, and you may also have questions or want some help in choosing.
However, if you make good use of some of the features many online stores have, as well as becoming savvy about using consumer reviews, you can make sure that you get the same level of quality and customer service when you buy online – or perhaps, even better!
Here are some tips to save money and avoid regrets when you are shopping online:
Look For Price Match Offers
A lot of online retailers, including big ones like Amazon, will match the price of items if you can find them cheaper elsewhere. Bricks and mortar stores also offer these kinds of deals in many cases, however, they are something people don’t really take advantage of, as usually, you aren’t going to want to check the price of a basic item in every store that sells it in your vicinity.
Online, however, researching the prices for items is simple and fast, and so if you have some things in your online shopping cart that are sold for less elsewhere, but you want to buy them from a different store, or you want to take advantage of a better offer for delivery, then using the price match feature can let you get the best price.
Find Reviews You Can Trust
When you are buying something that you have never tried before, it is easy to get a good sense of what the product will be like by looking at consumer reviews.
However, not all reviews are equal, and so you need to know how to identify reviews you can trust. Some companies do pay people to leave positive reviews of items they have never even used, and of course, those are no use to you.
That is not to say that sponsored reviews are always a bad thing – many bloggers are given items to test out and write honest reviews of, and as long as they disclose this in their review, you can still be assured that they really have tried the product.
It can also be a good idea to try to find a particular review site that you like and let that be your first port of call when you’re considering a new product or service. Upgraded Reviews is a good example because they also keep you posted on the latest deals and coupons, as well as reviewing a wide range of things.
Video reviews can also be a great resource, and there are lots of channels on YouTube that have these, as you’ll get to see the product and watch the reviewer using it, giving you an even clearer idea about whether it will be right for you.
Use Web Chat Help Systems
If you’re making choices where you feel like you could use some advice, you will find that many online stores now have webchat features that can answer common questions, give you information, and if required, put you in touch with an expert.
This can be ideal if you’re looking to but things like car products or DIY items and aren’t sure if you’re getting the right things for the job, or if you have questions about things like payment and delivery that aren’t answered on the website.
You’re far less likely to need to return things or make buying decisions you don’t feel confident about if you take advantage of these fast, easy to use help systems, which can, when designed well, be as good as talking to an employee in-store.
These are three ways to save and improve your experience when you shop online. Happy shopping!
This is a collaborative post.