Shopping on the web is getting easier all the time. There’s more and more choice, delivery speeds are getting faster and we’re getting better deals online than ever before.
This makes it possible to save a pretty penny by getting your basics online. But you still need to know a few things to make it worthwhile. So here’s our guide to making online shopping work for you.
Finding the best deals
This requires some effort on your part. The internet is a big online marketplace and everyone’s competing to get your money. This means the most obvious places may not be the cheapest. Thankfully, there are a bunch of tips and tools to help you on your way.
1. Get local deals on eBay
eBay can be a place to nab a bargain and buying used is a smart way to save a bit of cash. But with the whole country to compete against, bidding wars often send the price way over a reasonable amount.
So watch out for items listed near you which specify collection in person. Most people will either be too far away, or too lazy to bid, which keeps competition (and prices) low. Double check it’s a good price by searching for the item and checking ‘completed items’ on the left-hand grey bar, which will bring up a list of prices the item has sold for already.
This works best for necessary household appliances that are too bulky or fragile to post, such as microwaves or fridges.
2. Learn some Amazon tricks
Amazon offers discounts, but it’s such a vast marketplace that often the best prices are hard to find. Luckily, there are a few tools you can use to search for deals and check to see if you’re getting the best price.
It turns out Amazon has a secret bargain basement where you can find discounts of 70%+ off. It’s easy to use this tool to find the details. Once you’ve found your deal, use CamelCamelCamel to check the historical price of the item, to make sure the deal is as good as it looks.
Amazon also now offer a ‘subscribe & save’ feature, which allows you to order items on a recurring basis to suit to. This works well for consumable and disposable basics like toothpaste or nappies. Order 1-4 items a month and save 15%. Order 5+ and save 15%.
3. Sign up for discount and voucher sites
There are tons of sites that offer discounts and vouchers, but it’s often hard to find options for decent money off on stuff you actually want.
Luckily, there are a few sites that will do all the legwork for you. Here are a few you could try:
● This Outlet Store Discount Finder lets you enter what you want, the price and discount, then finds it for you.
● Flubit negotiates discounts for you. Just type in an amazon.co.uk URL and it’ll search partner sites for a better offer.
● Get vouchers for all kinds of goods and services on the go with VoucherCloud.
4. Why pay anything?
Before you buy anything online, check to see if you could get it for free! Web communities have sprung up where people list old and unwanted stuff they’re willing to give away for absolutely nothing. Isn’t the internet a wonderful thing?
The most popular sites are Freecycle and Freegle. Simply sign up to a local group and have a browse of what’s on offer. You can even make requests! Why not get rid of some of the stuff you don’t need while you’re at it?
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