Online shopping is much more convenient as compared to malls and local shops. No standing in queues, interaction with rude salespersons, no haggling for discounts, etc. and more importantly, it could help save significant amount of money if you follow proper online shopping tips. Online shops often offer better discounts as compared to local shops.
On the contrary, E-commerce companies often lure their customers by their large claims of discounts. Genuine shoppers don’t even know whether the company is actually offering them any rebate/discounts or simply they raise the price before doing so. But, if you can do a little research, you may end up saving even more.
Raksha-bandhan is going to start a big season of rituals and sale as well. In such a way, by adopting a few simple methods, you can find your desired item at affordable prices in time. Based on my personal online shopping experience, here are some online shopping tips and tricks that may help you get the best deals while shopping online in India.
Below are the list of Online Shopping Tips to save Big:
Online shopping giants like Amazon and Flipkart have price tracker with them, which gives information regarding all the ups and downs in the prices of the commodities and sends availability alerts through emails or through SMS. This makes online shopping easier.
E-commerce sites have well-equipped Artificial Intelligence extensions which track users through cookies and offer new offers according to their interest in shopping and compare prices of companies on any product. There are so many coupon websites in India which can give you best deal and can compare other deals available on other major websites.
How to use Chrome Extensions:
- Click on the 3 dots at the top right corner.
- Hover over to more tools and click on the Extensions.
- Click on the Chrome Web Store and add your favorite extensions.
Online tools are also effective
All tools like Artificial intelligence startup stacku, compare prices of products between online stores and tell about the best available offers. The ‘screen shop‘ is one such tool, which can be used to get entire information just by uploading a screenshot of any product. Whenever you take a screenshot of any fashion post, screenshot shows you the list of similar best available shirts, skirts, shoes and whatever you want to know.
Use Debit/Credit Cards/Wallets
Most of the e-commerce merchandise offer debit/credit card specific offer instead of any specific discount. Shopping giants like Amazon and Flipkart tie up with various credit/debit card companies and offer huge discount in the form of cashback on their products when you purchase through credit/debit card. This certainly adds to your savings.
The discount ranges between (1%-10%) depending upon the area where you are transacting. E-wallet website like Paytm, Mobikwik, Freecharge and Makemytrip offer huge rewards points and cashback when you use their wallets for online bill payments, bookings and for other transactions on their website. The cashback thus received can be used for next transaction. Some even give an option to transfer the money to customer’s bank account.
Note: Use your credit card responsibly to avoid any misuse/fraud/overuse/penalty charges.
Add items in Cart or Wishlist without checking out.
Always keep adding your favorite products/items in your shopping cart or wishlist but do not proceed to checkout until you actually need to buy them. You will receive email notifications/alerts whenever there is any price change or drop in the prices of products. The same happens with many other shopping websites as well.
Indeed, its a great hack to buy the products at a bargain price. E-commerce companies will send you price drop notifications because they assume that you genuinely need to buy the product because they don’t want to loose any customer. Also, keep checking your wishlist regularly for any price drops, since wishlist shows you if there is any price drops since you added them in the list.
Note: Don’t forget to login before adding items in your wishlist or cart.
Check coupon sites for promo codes, discount codes and coupons
Most of the major websites offer promo codes and coupons along with the ongoing sales that you can apply on your final bill for additional discounts. Never pay full rebate for anything. Frequently check coupons sites and promo codes for availing great offers and cashbacks. Coupondunia, Grabon, Couponzguru, etc. are the best available coupon website in the market where you can often find active coupon codes for most online stores. You can follow these sites for getting hot deals and offer of the day.
How to get cashback:
Find great deals/offers on your favourite online stores.
Click via the link on which you are browsing and shop as usual.
They will track your purchase and add cash to your account.
Sign up for email alerts and loyalty clubs
Many online stores and retailers offers loyalty points and reward 10-15% off coupons when you sign up for their email alerts. Your loyalty club points can be redeemed in turn of cash discount. This is the best way to track and keep updated about the latest offer and discount. Incase, you missed the weekly sale and you were not able to be a part of it, just subscribe to the daily email alert and you will be notified whenever there is any ongoing sale or yet to start.
Use comparison shopping
Always do comparison shopping before purchasing any product. All you need to do is just download the chrome extension like amazon’s junglee, or other websites like mysmartprice.com which can compare the price of a particular product across various leading e-commerce websites and gives you the best possible retail value. Choose according the retail value or just switch to another e-commerce merchandise. You can even set price alerts which will notify you when your product is available.
Research Online, Shop Offline
If you are not eligible for free shipping, but can pick it up on your own then go for offline shopping. Just order it and pick it up from your local stores near you. Some e-commerce companies like NNNOW offer order online and pickup offline scheme. Sometimes, you can pickup the item on the same day you ordered if the item is already in stock.
Purchase through Official E-retailer’s App
Most of the e-commerce merchants offer additional discount when you buy through their official app. Purchasing via their official app can also get you exclusive deals, cashbacks and discounts that are not available if you access these on a browser.
Many e-commerce merchandise run exchange offers time-to-time wherein, you can exchange your old rag clothes for the new ones and pay off the effective final price. These companies rewards you with cashbacks or royalty points on every old clothes which can be redeemed during checkouts or on other transactions.
Do affiliate marketing
Sometimes, all it takes is to start your journey as an affiliate partner and get rewarded. Many e-commerce merchandise offer affiliate marketing, just go for any affiliate marketing network like Flipkart or Amazon. E-commerce giants like Flipkart and Amazon offers huge commission rate up to 10% to their affiliate partners. Basically, To become an Affiliate program member it doesn’t require anything. All you have to do is to sign-up for the program and start promoting them.
Always go for the websites who offer free shipping facility. This helps in shavings. Sometimes, e-commerce websites put a cap on minimum order limit for free shipping, thus you have to raise your budget in order to avail the free shipping. To avail this, you need to join their annual membership subscription or club the items with your colleague or friends.
Enroll to Prime Membership
Early birds gets the worm. Yes, u heard that right!! Many e-commerce companies like Myntra, Jabong and Amazon offers the shoppers the opportunity to be among the privileged few customers who can have an early access to the sale before it opens its doors to the nation . By paying a fixed fee they can easily get the prime subscription to early access. This gives shoppers enough time to wishlist their favorite product and it even allows them to make purchases. Sometimes, you may even get free shipping by subscribing to prime membership.
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