Navigating Retail Online
It’s a new year and you may have gotten a tablet, phone or computer during the holidays. While you haven’t been the most tech smart, it’s time to take your knowledge up a notch to help you become a savvy online shopper. Let’s face it – the way consumers and stores do business has changed, allowing you to get almost anything you want from the comfort of your home.
To get the best bang for your buck, there are a few things you can do. Joining rewards programs, online coupon venues like Retail Me Not and coupon clubs can help get significant discounts beyond what’s being advertised in the store. Sign up for weekly ads from the places you frequent the most. Almost every retail store has their weekly online ads on their website. By signing up for these e-mails, you can also be first in line for special discounts just for being an online customer.
If you’re really smart, use online sites like PriceBlink to compare prices and get notified when your item goes on sale. Use Groupon or tweet a company to see if they have any discounts coming up. Believe it or not, major retailers use Twitter and they respond to the good and the bad. A great thing about online shopping is that most of the time, the items are cheaper than in the store. Try and group your purchases together to qualify for free shipping and you’ll be light years ahead of the game.
Of course, with online shopping there are some things to look out for:
* Make sure your purchase is through a verified site and your data will not be compromised.
* Make sure the site is reputable. Look for reviews from other consumers if it’s a site you are not familiar with.
* Make sure the site has a physical contact address and phone number, and research their return policy.
* Check your bank statement after your purchase for accuracy.
Online shopping can be a breeze once you know the tricks. Always remember to shop safe and smart!