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Know the Reasons why Online Comparison Shopping Works

Stress Free Transactions

How many times have you been standing in line at the mall somewhere debating with yourself about whether or not you actually need the pair of shoes you are holding? The internal debate isn’t necessarily about the cost or the color of the shoes. No, it’s more about you not wanting to wait in the horrific long line for the $60 pair of shoes. Sounds too familiar, doesn’t it?

What about the parking fiasco when you arrived at the mall? Perhaps you are still irritated with the person who cut in front of you and stole that first row space in the parking lot, which caused you to park more than a mile away. Suddenly, your trip to the mall doesn’t seem to be giving you what you expected.

These are just a few reasons why online comparison shopping is taking off. It’s easy, convenient and you can buy exactly the same thing online as you can at the mall. It’s a stress free transaction that allows you to make purchases online and from the comfort of your own home.

Instant Gratification, or Not?

We currently live in a world where drive-thru restaurants dominate every street corner; high-speed internet is growing rapidly and microwave ovens. We are a society that thrives and operates on instant gratification. But, there needs to be a point where you have to wonder what that frozen roast beef dinner or Big Mac is really doing to your internal organs.

This is one disadvantage of online comparison shopping. That is, you actually have to wait a day or two before you can actually receive the products. But, what if you can get the same pair of shoes online for half the price? The fact is that comparison shopping on the internet can save you thousands of dollars per year. The reason why it’s cheaper online is that online retailers do not have to mark up the products 100% like the retailers do because they don’t have sales agents to pay, an electricity bill, or the rental fees to the mall. Comparison shopping is really a no brainer for those consumers who are looking to save some serious coin.

The People Factor

So, who really wants to sit behind a computer screen shopping online by yourself while Carpal Tunnel Syndrome begins to grow in your wrists? The fact of the matter is that even though we live in high speed world where everyone is connected by email, instant messaging and chat, we still want and need human interaction. It’s important for our self being to be around others and engage in conversations. No, this is not a contradiction to earlier statements made, but rather the introduction of an awesome innovation that is taking online comparison shopping to the next level.

 

Become Smart Online Shopper

First, take a look at the store contact information. Do they have a toll free number you can call and talk to a real person if any problems arise? Perhaps they are a very small or new operation, if they don’t have a toll free number, do they at least have a regular telephone number to call? The very least a store should have is an e-mail address where you can contact them. If all you find for contact information is a web form to fill out, leave quickly!

Second, take a look at the return policy of the store you’re considering. Sometimes the store owners make this more difficult than it should be. If you don’t see a button on the main page saying, Return Policy, look for an info page. A reputable store will give you at least 30 days in which to return your purchase for a full refund of the purchase price. Don’t expect the shipping cost to be refunded. The merchant has already paid that amount to the shipping company. Look out for stores that shorten the return time to 7 or 10 days. Many of these also have a restock fee that they charge. If you return an item to them, the restock fee can range from 10 to 30% or higher. You should never have to pay a restock fee.

Third, take a look at the stores privacy policy. They should never share the information you give them when making a purchase with any 3rd party. If you have any questions or something isn’t clear up to this point, call the store. You should expect to talk to a real person during business hours and after hours you should be able to leave a message and they should return your call the next day. If you contact them via e-mail, they should reply within 24 hours. If you have any trouble contacting the store before a sale, you can be assured that they won’t be easily reached after a sale. So it’s time to find another merchant.

One of my pet peeves is unsolicited e-mails from online stores where I’ve made a purchase. If they send newsletters or sale notices they should have an opt in signup. If you didn’t sign up for any promotional material to be e-mailed to you, you should never be contacted by them, unless it regards a problem with your order being completed and shipped. Personally, when I receive unsolicited e-mail from a store where I’ve made a purchase, I contact them. I tell them to take me off their contact list and that I will never do business with them again. If enough of us do this, maybe they’ll take the hint.

 

Great Online Shopping Security Tips

1. Make sure you know the exchange rate; if you are not sure of the current rates, find out before you buy an item.

2. Find out the cost of delivery before placing your order and how long the delivery will take. Most shopping sites use couriers to deliver the goods and when delivering overseas can become quite expensive.

3. If you are bidding on E-bay check out the buyers and sellers feedback. This should become standard before you ever place a bid.

4. Always read the FAQ section if you are new to the site.

5. If someone demands cash for a payment, ‘say no’. Use your credit card to make your payment; this will protect you against fraud. Credit card companies refund accounts where fraudulent activity transpires.

6. Check the buyers contact page. Make sure their postal address is posted on it. If not, don’t deal with them.

7. Don’t be afraid to ask the seller lots of questions, genuine sellers should be very helpful, some online shopping sites have forms where you can see customer feed back.

8. Check, and read in full the terms and conditions, and the privacy policy of the site.

9. If you are unsure about a site, try doing a search with Google or any of the other search engines. You may find comments posted about the shopping site from other customers.

10. If you are still not sure after reading the above it may be time to go shopping elsewhere.

 

The Good and The Bad of Online Shopping

Online Shopping has made our hectic lives easier. Citizens around the world can gain more information about products and services that are available abroad. These potential customers can browse online shopping catalogues without putting effort on travel time – this also applies to the locales. Americans are more web-savvy and believes that the future is with the Internet. In fact, based on the statistics provided by INTERNETWORLDSTATS.COM, 69% of its population has Internet penetration.

The most popular sites for online shopping include Amazon and eBay. Both websites catalogues products and services by type of merchandise whether books or electronic items. The advantage with these sites or any other sites for this matter is that they offer a wide array of products from different brands or titles, which makes the comparison of goods a lot easier for the consumer.

The advantage of doing online shopping is its point of comparison. The consumer can browse product categories with different brands and compare prices, features and specifications, quality (based on product ratings) and performance (based on product reviews from other online visitors).

There have been many issues and interconnecting issues regarding online shopping that have been raised since its launch in the World Wide Web. Most concerns deal with the late deliveries and poor return/exchange policy. But as the dot.com bubble happened, Internet fraud and online identity thieving surfaced along with phishing and pharming sites.

Phishing and pharming sites are websites that masquerades as a trustworthy website that acquires very sensitive information like usernames, passwords, and credit card details for criminal intentions. But contrary to popular belief , shopping online with your credit card is safe as long as you deal with a trusted retailer who maintains a site verified by Secure Socket Layering (SSL).

Since 2000, businesses are becoming more and more interested with online visibility. Even bookstores and supermarkets embraced online shopping as a new medium that targets the consumers that are unavailable to drop by at the store and provide them the convenience of on-time deliveries and secured transactions.

So how do you protect information when transacting with online shopping websites?

In you are interested to purchase items online for the first time, it is important to consider the website’s reputation, the extensive product information and availability online, the speed of ordering process and shipping (delivery time and costing), discount availability, return-exchange-refund policy, and especially the payment scheme.

Online shopping websites require credit card payments, but you can email them if they have other options. Other websites have other means of payment transaction like debit cards, electronic money, cash-on-delivery, cheques, wire transfer, postal money order, and PayPal/ Xoom.

So always remember that Internet scams exists online just like in the real world. Always be cautious of the websites you intend to do financial transactions.

 

Things You Must Know Before Buying Art Online

1. Know the Gallery – The most important aspect of buying art online is knowing who you are buying from. There are thousands of virtual galleries, and you want to make sure that you are dealing with a reputable one. If you can’t find a phone number on the gallery’s website, or it takes them more than a day or two to get back to a phone or email message, move on.

Find out where they are located, how long they’ve been in business, if the artwork is curated, how they price their art, and of course, what their return policy is. Make sure that if you decide you don’t love your artwork when it arrives, you have the ability to return it for a full refund, and without being charged high shipping or restocking fees.

Most artwork on the Internet is from emerging artists whose legacy is yet to be defined. As such, you will want help determining if their work is worth your time and money. Find an online gallery with a reliable curator or board of curators. Additionally, this type of art should be affordable. Although there is no exact science to pricing artwork, it should mainly be according to the artist’s previous sales and exhibition history, and the size, medium, and composition of the work. As a general rule, emerging artwork shouldn’t cost more than four figures unless it is a spectacular piece by a spectacular artist.

2. Know the Artist – Once you find a piece of art that you are interested in, get as much information as you can about the artist. Obtain their artist statement and speak with them if possible. If you are buying more for potential future investment, obtain a list of exhibitions that they have participated in, collections they are in, and find out where they went to art school. Overall, you want to make sure that you are buying from a legitimate working artist, and that there is quality and value in the work.

3. Know the Piece – You love the expressionist brushstrokes, now find out the important details. What is the medium, what surface was the work created on, is it framed, is it signed somewhere, and most importantly, what are the dimensions? You may be surprised at how big the artwork actually is, and you wouldn’t want to buy a piece that doesn’t fit on your wall. One of the best ways to combat this is to get a sheet of butcher paper, draw the dimensions of the artwork on it, and then cut it out. You can then put the paper on the wall where you intend to hang the art to get an idea of the size. Also, certain online galleries have a view to scale feature that will show you the artwork in a virtual room proportionate to your room’s dimensions.

4. Know the Edition – If you are buying printmaking or photography, you need to find out if the piece is part of a limited edition or open edition. Pieces that are in a limited edition are produced in a set limited quantity and tend to be more expensive, but can also have more value because of their limited number. Open edition artworks are not limited in quantity and can be reproduced indefinitely. In both cases, each piece in the edition is identical and is considered an original.

5. Keep a Record – Save your receipt of purchase. If you intend to sell the art in the future, this is a must. In the art world, this is known as provenance, or the artwork’s history of ownership. Depending upon how well known the artist becomes, this will help establish that the work is not fake or stolen.

 

Buy Keychain Online

When dealing with a keychain provider, it is imperative that you only deal with a supplier that is able to offer official merchandize. Retailers that fail to provide official merchandize are already choosing to cheat copyright holders, so they will be more than happy to cheat their customers as well. Not only that; but the quality of unofficial merchandize is never going to be as high. Retailers of official merchandize also tend to be larger companies, so there pricing will be cheaper because of the scale that they work on.

Refund Policy

Does the company offer a refund policy? Should the key chain retailer fail to offer a refund then this indicates a lack of trust in their product, and also means that when things go wrong you have no provisions for ensuring that you get the product you originally paid for. Should you choose to buy from a company that has no refund policy then you should ensure that you use a credit card – this means that you will be able to charge them back if you absolutely have to.

Price

Compare prices from multiple sources to decide which retailer is offering the best deal. You should be careful to remember that one keychain may not be the same as another, so quality should always be something that you do not ignore when thinking about this. An unofficial and an official keychain will naturally be priced differently, and companies that do not work on a big scale will also not be able to offer as competitive pricing. One great way to ensure that you get a good deal on key chains is to attempt to get right to the source – this means buying directly from a wholesale keychain supplier.

Telephone Number

Although email is great, and the most suitable communication method for many circumstances, there are times when being able to speak to someone over the phone is essential. A company that does not have a telephone number that you can access through their website is most likely going to be difficult to contact if you have any problems with your key chain order – that is why you should always check this out before you buy. For the more diligent shoppers out there, you may even choose to phone the company beforehand as a means of ensuring that you know they actually answer the telephone and do not just have a telephone line with nobody available on the other end.

 

Summer Shopping Tips

1. Time is everything

Online shopping during summer is important because it comes during an important holiday session. Whatever the product may be at the online shops, the good thing is that it gets sold over time. We consider here summer holiday. Check for offers such as free shipping. For certain products, free shipping is one factor that makes the product worth buy. Retailers would ensure they save.

2. Keep your data safe

With the advancement in technology such as access to high speed Internment, smartphones, smartwatches, and many other technologies that makes online shopping easy and engaging.

Therefore, it is important to protect from fraudulent elements your data such as user id, passwords, credit card details, and so on. For safety point sake, ensure you’re on a secure network. Log on to the official website of the retailer. If you’re on the travel, use WIFI.

Further, when you visit the official website, look for the green padlock as a safety logo at the left end of the search box in browser with https. Further, never click on your ‘remember my password’.

3. Go for local deals

Local deals are an excellent way to buy things for your beloved kids as well as adults alike. You could go for swimming club in your area for a very nominal price. This is an easy way to save on the offers.

4. Get benefits on your shopping

There are certain website such as Amazon, eBay that benefit you in the form of cash or for things for cash. If you visit to eBay, and shop you get eBay Bucks. In the products, it is mentioned how many such eBay Bucks you’ll get.

5. Take loyalty card points

Many online shopping marketplaces offer you loyalty point that enable you save. Using this you could get products at a reduced price as well.

6. Remember to compare prices before buying

Compare prices and features before you close the deal. You’re determined to buy a good. This is fine. But just compare the prices across online shops. Check for deals as well. For example, if you’re going to buy an iPhone 6 check for shops that offer any gift card, cash-back offer. With the gift card you can get a gift worth the denomination value.

Online Shopping Greatness

Price comparison is an important lead of shopping online and internet users are able to use the internet to seek out the lowest prices they want to buy. For example, if a person wants to buy an electronic product that person would type the item related in the ‘search box’ on the search engine.

Another way is to look at the advertisement on that site. Some websites have links to other websites that have discounts and special offers for their products. You can click on the sites’ link to compare between several stores and find the best prices. Getting the lowest price is somewhat important, but it also vital to make sure the store the customer is purchasing from has a reputable history, and offers quality goods and services.

In order to find the best deals and discounts, internet users can also use online shopping directory to find the best shopping sites. Shopping directories are great when searching for online shopping websites, because they give guide and provide links to that shopping site. Most of online shopping directories provide reviews of the stores that they are linked to, so from that you will know what shopping sites should you prefer.

Online shopping can definitely save you a lot of time and money. For those who haven’t tried buying online before, I would recommend that you do so. Give it a try and you’ll see that it’s so easy and simple. You don’t have to dress up and go to the supermarket. You can purchase your items for yourself and for your family in a few minutes with a simple clicks, and you can just sitting at your chair or on your bed with your pajamas by doing so.

Ensure these Things to Get a Great Deal at Ebay

Start with the auction in question. Make sure that you read every word of the description and the auction details. You can never have too much information especially if that information is about an individual that you may be doing business with. Pay special attention to what the description and auction details do not say. For instance, is a guarantee mentioned? Is the item new? Is it authentic? Is there proof of authenticity? Look for auctions that provide the right information and the right amount of information. Avoid those that do not.

Who will pay the shipping and handling costs? Often, the buyer pays these costs and sometimes, the seller tries to charge more than the actual shipping and handling costs are. Beware of high shipping costs, especially for items that will be auctioned off at a very low price. Also note when the item is supposed to ship after the bidding has ended. Depending on what you are trying to purchase the item for it may not arrive in time.

Don’t make the mistake of bidding on an item simply because it is a good deal. It is only a good deal for you if the item is something that you really want or need. Many people simply bid for the sake of bidding or winning without having any real need or desire for the item in question. Before bidding on items that you do want or need, check prices around the Internet and the prices available from offline sources as well. Just because it is on eBay does not guarantee that it is the cheapest price available.

Finally, learn more about the seller. Can you trust them? What is their rating? Read their feedback page. Failure to learn more about the seller can becostly. Not everyone is as honest as you are – and the seller may be trying to take advantage of people that simply don’t know enough to find out more about them. Sometimes scammers make their auctions sound like really great deals. Beware of prices that seem extremely low.

 

Online Auction on Shopping

The first two pointers actually would apply to any purchase that you make, especially if it is a purchase that you don’t routinely make. First do research on what you want to buy so that you have a very specific set of criteria that the product must fulfill in order to be satisfactory. This allows you to learn what a good price is for the exact features and specifications that you want/need. This also eliminates the possibility that you will buy a product only to be disappointed that it doesn’t have a certain function when you just assumed that every thing in that category of product would. This happens all too commonly with purchases in general and when you buy things in an online auction you have to be especially careful that you know exactly what you are getting.

The second pointer is the axiom “deals come and deals go.” That is that you should be careful not to get sucked into the feeling of competition that many people who purchase on online auctions do. You need to have a price set in your mind that you won’t go over on and you must not compromise. With a little patience and sometimes a run of good luck you will get the item you want for the great deal that you are counting on.

The third pointer is that you don’t have to be satisfied with only getting used merchandise in an online auction. More and more everyday there are online stores that are functioning just like a typical store would down the street from you. Two helpful abbreviations to remember are NWT which stands for New With Tags and NWOT which obviously means New WithOut Tags.

My last piece of advise is to be careful with hidden costs, namely shipping. Many online auction sellers like to lower the price of their product by increasing the flat rate of shipping that they charge. Often if you look closely at the deals something that is going for a little more is actually the cheaper deal because they are being sleazy and gouging you with horrendous shipping costs. That’s it, have fun!