If you being following me from a long time or if you get to know me personally you will quickly see that I do a lot of online shopping. It could seem like something simple but many times it is not. That is why today I want to share with you 5 online shopping tips specially for this upcoming Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The internet is very beneficial, but inside of it there are people that could harm us and when it could harm our money we should be cautious.
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1- Compare on different places
When you are looking for a product compare prices in different places. To how many of us it has happen that we buy a product and then we find that same thing cheaper in other place. The advantage of Black Friday is that store’s shopper are available before the events starts. Even some online stores starts their offers early. This way we can plan our purchases. But, don’t only compare between stores, compare online too.
2- Never leave the coupon code space in blank!
Never, but never leave the coupon code space in blank. This is a way we can save either with free shipping, 10% or 20% discount. Many stores have coupons available and if we don’t look for them we will never know. Stores like Bath and Body Works give to their clients coupons when they make a purchase (I have some saved for Black Friday). Pages like retailmenot.com let you know coupons available in any store.
3- Read reviews
When you are about to make a purchase online or in-store read reviews. This way you can be more confident about your purchase. 3 ways you can look for reviews are: First, read reviews online. Pages like Amazon or Sephora already have a review below the item or use Google if where you are about to make a purchase doesn’t offer reviews. Second, read a well trusted magazine like Consumer Reports. Lastly, as a friend or neighbor who really knows about you want to buy. Important purchases like cameras, TVs or appliances is super useful to ask other person.
4- Don’t assume a door buster offer is a great offer
Many of us has seen a ridiculously cheap price on an article. But, is it really worth it? Don’t fell on buying a cheap article if it’s quality is not the best just to save some bucks. It is best to spend a little more and take home a quality article that last. On the long term you may be spending more.
5- Use familiar pages
When we buy online we should be really careful in where we purchase. If we search through a search engine chances are that we may find a not so trusted site. All of us know big retailers like Walmart, Target, Best Buy or Toys R Us (just to mention a few), chances are that we are not going to be scammed and they are trusted retailers. During Christmas scams are more often, so be sure of the page you are in. Check this page from McAfee about the 12 scams of Christmas.
Christmas is a time to share with family. If you decide to buy online make your purchases only through trusted web pages. Search deals on different pages and use coupons to save. It is great to always save a little. Enjoy Black Friday! and remember these 5 online shopping tips if you decide to make your purchases online.