Online shopping definitely isn’t the same as jumping in the car and heading to the store. If you find shopping therapeutic, you might not like online shopping as much, but you can still have just as much fun online.
To become successful online, you need to grab your credit card and find those secure online sites to keep your information safe. Successful online shopping comes down to patience. You can find some great deals online, but you have to be patient. Sometimes online vendors will change their prices once or twice a month so one day you can log in and see a high price and four days later it might be half the original price. Amazon.com is known for doing this, especially with video games so you need to check their site often. Another part of patience comes down to dealing with different check-out procedures. Every online retailer has a different shopping cart, some are easy, some are complicated so patience will definitely come in handy.
Don’t be afraid of used. You can get some great items that are like new for a low price. Quite often the like new items have only been used once or twice so you are literally buying it brand new.
Shop around. Don’t just visit one or two stores; be sure to check out multiple online vendors when you are trying to find the best prices. It might take you a few hours to find some great deals, but it’s definitely cheaper from driving around to 30 different stores.
When do you need the item? To become a successful online shopper, you will put time limits on how soon you need a particular item. Since it must be shipped to you, it’s important to know the shipping policies of online retailers so you know how to gauge your needs.
Is that the total cost? Let’s say you find a great deal online, which is a good $30 cheaper from the local shopping center but it costs you $24 to ship it. Now, is it really worth waiting for the item to be shipped so you can save $6? Shipping costs can get ridiculous and if you’re not careful, you will end up spending more for the online item than if you would buy it at the store. A lot of companies will offer free shipping; you just have to be willing to wait for the item to arrive in a good 2-3 weeks.
Double check everything before you hit the “checkout” button. What happens if you accidentally put in the wrong address? Well, your item won’t be coming to you that’s for sure! Before you hit that button, always look over every detail to make sure everything is correct. Another good reason to look over everything before you hit the checkout button is to make sure you have read the fine print of the seller to make sure you aren’t agreeing to something extra like 3rd party sellers and annoying email marketing.
Get tips from discussion groups, chat rooms, and forums. You can often get once-in-a-lifetime deals if you participate in a few groups where people are talking. Some companies will offer one-hour deals if you are in a shopping forum, you might just hear about it and pick up a new front-end loading washer and dryer for $500 versus $2,300. The other good thing about participating in forums is that you can also find some great shopping sites you haven’t heard of, giving you a chance to evaluate several online retailers.
Finally, always make sure you are dealing with a secure site. Your identity needs protecting so make sure you know what type of sites you are dealing with in order to stay safe.