Are you one of those people who get a high counting the money they saved while shopping? Do the words ‘discount’ and ‘deal’ bring a smile to your face? Here are a few neat tricks you can use when shopping online to save money:
1. Add Items To The Shopping Cart… And Wait
This is sneaky! If you don’t need an item immediately, don’t buy it right after adding to your shopping cart. Instead, add the item to the shopping cart and wait for a few days. Most online retailers will try to close the deal by offering you a discount. You are literally getting paid for twiddling your thumbs!
2. Don’t Fall Into The Dynamic Pricing Trap
Dynamic pricing is a strategy used by online merchants to show different prices to different customers depending on their location, browsing and shopping history, as well as the current demand for the product.
You can often get better prices by doing the following:
Go to your web browser’s settings, and clear your browsing history and cookies.
Log out of your social media and email accounts.
Switch to incognito or private mode in your web browser. If you want to take it a step further, use Tor browser or a VPN service to browse anonymously.
When searching for airfare, pick a less developed country as home to get better deals.
3. Use Your Coupons And Promo Codes Strategically
If you are used to shopping online, you are probably already familiar with the use of coupons and promo codes. But what most people don’t realize is that there is an even better way of using their coupons and promo codes, which is to combine them.
Keep in mind that you have to combine the coupons and the promo codes in the right order at the checkout. Suppose, you have a promo code for a 15 percent discount and a coupon for $10. First, apply the 15 percent promo code, which will subtract 15 percent from the full price. Then you can save another $10 by applying the $10 discount coupon.
4. Put Your Bargaining Skills To Use
Suppose you’re going through your email inbox, and to your utter delight, you find a coupon that offers a huge discount. You go straight to the merchant’s website, only to find out that the coupon expired just a day ago. What would you do? Chalk it up to bad luck and move on?
Don’t do that! Call the customer service hotline and ask if your coupon’s validity can be extended as you are just about to place your order. Sales reps are trained to close deals, and will usually extend your coupon’s validity or offer you a new one. Now, this may not work everytime, but it’s definitely worth a try.
There’s another trick that’s not very well-known. The live chat support on the shopping websites can offer special promo codes and discount coupons as well. If you have zeroed in on a product, ask a few questions about the product, and ask if there’s any discount for that particular product. If the product is already priced low, it may not work. But if the product is an expensive one, they may offer you a deal to close the deal.