I know what you’re thinking…
You know everything there is to know about online shopping. You’re basically in a long term relationship with USPS–me too. But even as a veteran online shopper, I admit a few of these are new to me and I am guessing there are some that may be new to you too!
1. Clear your browser cookies:
Cookies allow a site to store information about your and your use of their websites. They gather this information and adjust their pricing/marketing. This is called “behavioral marketing” and “dynamic pricing.” According to www.privacyrights.org, “some online retailers use dynamic pricing to engage in price discrimination by charging different prices to different consumers for identical goods or services. When you purchase goods or services online, you may be paying a higher or lower price than another online customer buying the same item from the same site at the same time.” It is VERY important to do this when you are online shopping for Airline tickets as travel websites are notorious for this!
2. Access retailer’s websites through a shopping portal:
I prefer AA Shopping, see post here. Many employers offer access to a shopping portal like www.perksatwork.com– check with your HR department or company benefits page.These pages allow you to earn points/miles for accessing websites and making purchases through their portal.
3. Make an account with the store:
Create a separate e-mail address for ads and login. This is important for step #4 (remember to clear your cookies and do a price check before you login).
4. Abandon your cart:
Yep, this is the oldest trick in the negotiating book, walk away. Many sites will take note and will often send you a coupon code to complete your order. Find a list of companies currently offering “fulfillment” discounts here.
5. Use Chrome Plugins:
- Honey plugin and search for discount codes on almost every retail site
- Wikibuy (get $5 toward your first purchase of $15 or more)
Honey is indicating this is the best price on Amazon, but Wikibuy is indicating this item is for sale from another retailer for $6 less.
6. Buy discounted gift cards:
Purchase gift cards online from Gift Card Zen. They only buy/sell gift cards without expiration dates, many of which are printable and can be used in-store and can also be used online.
7. Use my Google shopping hack:
Use Google images [read my post about this here] and make sure you’re getting the lowest price.
8. Use a credit card and earn cash back:
I use the Bank of America Bank Americard with cash rewards. This cards offers 1% everywhere, every time; 2% at grocery stores and wholesale clubs; 3% on gas and additional BankAmeriDeals you load onto your card. Also, be sure to pay off your credit card every month so you’re not charged interest.
9. Check online prices while in store:
Most retailers will price-match, especially if it is from their own website.
10. Lastly, don’t be afraid to call customer service:
Occasionally they can extend your coupon code or help you stack your coupons (which to me, is like winning the superbowl).