Learn to be the best bargain hunter online 5



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Online shopping can be difficult however once the technique is mastered, you will reap the benefits. If you are desperate for a new dress, outfit or pair of shoes but can’t afford it, here are a few tips to help you find the item you want but for half the price!

The top ten tips you need to know when shopping online:

1. Ebay

Ebay is a way to sell and buy used or new goods at a cheaper price. Therefore, if you want an item always make sure you check for it on eBay to see if someone is selling it for less!


2. Set reminders

When you miss out on an item you wanted, use email alerts by signing up to the website newsletter. This allows you to be notified on any new products, sales or if your size you want is back in stock.


3. Use your resources

Use websites like Polyvore or Shopstyle. These two websites specifically compare the item you want and display every store that sells it. This allows you to check what store sells it for less.


4. Store rewards

Get extra savings by signing up for store cards or credit cards (eg. David Jones rewards, American Express, Myer one).


5. Coupon hunting

Digital coupons allow you to get discounts on stores online by using a promotional code specific to the website. To find a coupon, it’s worth searching on Google the store name and ‘coupons’ to see if any coupons are available.


6. Learn to recycle

Keep recent receipts of purchases, sometimes these receipts have newfound coupons at the bottom for a next purchase. Homeware stores and petrol stations in particular offer this so make sure you always check your receipts!


7. Google

Google is your best friend when shopping online. You can simply search the item you want and type in words such as “deals” or “discounts” to find any specific sales that are offered on that item.


8. Shop direct

Shop directly from the brands website as opposed to online stores that carry those brands. This will allow you to see the original price it is sold for and if any deals or sales are available for that item.


9. Use Social Media

Follow your favourite stores on social media and reap the benefits of sales and deals. The best social media tools to use include Instagram and Facebook. Find the brand you want and start to follow them and see what deals are posted daily.


10. Browse online first

If you decide to go to the shopping centre to find the item you want, make sure you look at the stores website before for any special sales.


How do you find the best deals online? Do you have any tricks to saving online?

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  1. Some very good tips, especially No.3. I was always against shopping online, didn’t want to see people in retail lose their jobs, but I relented this Christmas and have bought quite a few gifts this way. It’s wonderful, I saved money and time.

  2. Check how much the postage will be. Sometimes it works out cheaper to buy from a store. An example is some art supplies I wanted to buy. I went online – a great reduction in price – but because it was an overseas firm the postage would have been more than the cost of the item. So make sure there is an au in the web address when you google your product. A lot of places are now giving free postage provided you spend a certain amount. I always buy dog treats and soap/skin care making products online as well as some art/craft supplies. Remember also if you go into a small retailer, try on shoes, then buy them online through another seller, that small trader may not be there much longer (they have overheads that online sellers don’t).

  3. I shop online a lot. It pays to know the retail value of what you want before buying it through sites like eBay. Especially if the item is in an eBay auction. Plus you have to factor in packaging and postage for the true cost of anything you buy online.

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    • yes I agree with you regarding Ebay and make sure you check the ratings of the seller..I used to sell on Ebay many moons ago

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