Product: This might sound quite simplistic but the easiest way to save a few pounds while shopping online is to know exactly what you want. Look at the features offered, can you do without them, do you really need that four slice Wi-Fi toaster? Making these decisions before hand will save you a pretty penny as you will avoid paying for all those unnecessary mod-cons.
Research: The internet is your friend and use it fully to your advantage. There are a host of websites out there that offer comparison services for savvy shoppers and our only advice would be to always use more than one. Comparison websites ONLY offer products from companies that pay them in one form or another, usually on a commission basis but the upside is that they will usually offer price comparisons from the companies you know and love.
Don’t forget the little guy: By far the best thing about the internet (as far as we’re concerned anyway) is that you quite literally have access to stores word wide, large AND small. Even your local shops will likely have a web or Facebook page. Don’t forget them. The chances are you will get access to shops you didn’t even know were on your doorstep. If your up for a little bargaining you can always get a great deal from these smaller outlets.
Do’s and Don’ts:
Do:- Make sure the company offering the lowest price is reputable. Remember, if its too good to be to, it probably is.
Do:- Only ever buy online from a secure website. Look out for the little lock symbol in your address bar and ensure the website offers a secure connection.
Do:- Always check to see if there are extra charges or fees. These include but are not limited to, delivery, booking fees and taxes. These can add up significantly and could end up making your cheap looking bargain quite expensive.
Don’t:- Try sourcing non branded products online, its quite easy to end up with a surprise that’s just not what you wanted. This is just trial and error so proceed with caution if its something you HAVE to do.
Don’t:- Assume will always find an item cheaper in store, especially during sales.
The best price comparison sites
Larger comparison websites
Smaller comparison websites
www.fixtureferrets.co.uk – ‘ferrets’ out the best grocery promotions at major stores
www.quaffersoffers.co.uk – low prices on a good selection of wine and beer
www.findadvd.co.uk – a huge range of DVD, CD and videogames over a number of sites
www.trolleydolly.co.uk – price comparisons on big range of branded grocery items
www.pricegrabber.co.uk – a specialist in PC goods and consumer electrical equipment