You’ve loaded your virtual shopping cart, input your shipping address and are ready to click the “submit” button. You’re feeling confident.
But how can you tell whether you’re really getting a good price?
You can these tips to ensure you get the best possible deal every time you shop online.
Act at the right time
TVs usually go on sale around the Super Bowl. Black Friday brings tablet discounts. Summer products go on deep clearance at the end of August. There’s a season for buying just about everything.
You’ve picked a time and you’ve picked a product, but now you have to pick a place. Amazon is known for its competitive prices, so it’ll be worth your while to check the site for any deals. If you’re a member of Amazon Prime, many products are eligible for free one-day or two-day shipping. Even if you don’t end up making a purchase from the store, you’ll gain a point of reference to judge how much the item is selling for online.
Expand your search
So if your research tells you now is a good time to buy, you can move ahead to the next step — that’s consulting prices from other retailers. After all, Amazon isn’t the be-all and end-all of online shopping.
Conduct a quick Google search for the name of the product you’re researching to cross-compare deals across multiple stores. Some retailers will pop up in the general search results, but you can see a full display by clicking on the “shopping” tab. Here you can compare prices across retailers, including taxes and shipping costs.
Find a coupon.
Next, extend your research beyond just sticker price. It’s possible that a store is selling a given product for more than its competitor, but with the help of a coupon code, that higher price could come down below the other. Many sites collect coupons in one place. Simply search by store or brand name.
Or join a cash-back site like Ebates.com or BeFrugal.com, where members can browse through coupons, plus combine them with cash-back offers from participating retailers.