Online shopping is awesome, but it can be dangerous for your budget if you aren’t careful.
Luckily, finding great savings online has never been easier. You can find plenty of bargains if you know just a few tricks! Here are some great ways to find the best deals while shopping online:
Beat Dynamic Pricing
Dynamic pricing is a strategy online merchants use to show different prices to different customers according to their location, browsing and spending patterns and current demand of the product. If you have ever found that airfare for the same route and airline was considerably higher today as compared to what you saw yesterday, you were at the receiving end of dynamic pricing.
Avoid the pitfalls of this system by following the tips given below:
• clear your browser history and cookies
• log out of all your accounts (email, G+, Facebook etc)
• Browse the internet in incognito mode or use Tor browser to better take advantage of online anonymous browsing
Creating a wishlist is one of the easiest ways to take advantage of the cheaper prices offered by ecommerce websites on the products we want to buy. You should create wishlists across multiple websites so you have more options to choose from. You can create multiple wishlists on these websites.
On Amazon, go to Your Lists > Create a Wish List. Flipkart, eBay, Snapdeal have similar processes.
Comparison shopping sites like Junglee.com, MySmartPrice.com, PhoneCurry.com, Pricebaba.com, PriceDekho.com, Smartprix.com, compare.buyhatke.com and Scandid.in aggregate prices from multiple online retailers and make it easier for you to compare prices.
Keep in mind though, that sometimes these websites may not have prices from all the online retailers so the lowest price listed may not be the lowest price available on the Internet.
Price Drop Alerts
Websites such as Cheapass.in, Price & Alert and Pricetrak, monitor price drops on e-commerce websites including Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, PayTM, etc. To set an alert for the product you’re looking for, all you need to do is enter the URL of the product and your email address, and whenever there’s a price drop, you’ll be sent an email notifcation.
Discount Coupon Codes
Coupons codes can help you in getting discount for the product you want to buy. Coupon aggregating sites have active coupon codes for most online stores.
Sites like CouponDunia.in, CouponRaja.com and GrabOn.in have coupons are neatly organized by stores and the listings are sorted by their expiry dates. Popular US coupons website RetailMeNot.com has an India-specific section that aggregates coupons from Domino’s Pizza, eBay, Myntra and other popular online shopping sites. Another effective way is to use a browser extension called Buyhatke. When you’re making the final payment online, the extension will search and apply the best coupon it comes across, making it a really handy tool.
Many times discount codes may land in your inbox through the email newsletters of your favorite shopping sites, so make sure you subscribe to them too.
Monitoring Price History
Dynamic pricing techniques may result in change of the price of products over the next few days or even hours, since when you last saw the product online. Hence, determining the price history of a product becomes essential if you intend on saving money.
Buyhatke’s extension does the job for you by embedding a price graph right in the browser for Flipkart and a tab on the right side of the browser for Amazon. Depending on the lowest price ever recorded in the past, you can decide if this is the right time to buy or not.
The Cashback Cow
When you create an account, you will be provided with links to various retailer sites where cash back offers are available. You visit the shopping site through these special links, make the purchase as always and the cashback amount will be paid to you once you cross a certain threshold.
Deals on Social Media
Most online shopping brands in India regularly post offers and deals on social media channels like Twitter, Facebook etc. @DealsForGeeks on Twitter keeps updating its followers about upcoming deals on mobile and tech products. Sites like flipkart.com, Amazon.in, Snapdeal.com, eBay.in and Infibeam.com have dedicated pages where they list ongoing offers.