With just a few keystrokes and the click of a mouse, you can order just about anything from around the world, even in the middle of the night while you’re hanging out at home in your PJ’s. The wonders of e-commerce allow for an easy, convenient shopping experience in the virtual world. Here are some ways to make the most out of your online shopping:
Sign up for newsletters
If you haven’t already, sign up for the newsletters that your favorite retailers offer. You’ll often receive an offer for signing up, such as percentage off your next order. Do note that it can take a few days to receive your offer, so don’t wait to sign up on the same day that you plan to order something.
Follow social media pages
The best way to know about current promotions and deals that your favorite online shop is offering is by following their social media pages. Facebook and Twitter followers will often receive the news about a sale (both online and in-stores) before anybody else.
Search for coupon codes
Check websites like RetailMeNot.com for coupon codes that you can apply to your order. You might receive a percentage off your order, a free gift, complimentary shipping, or all of the above.
Take advantage of free shipping
Some websites will offer free shipping for all orders, whereas others might require a minimum purchase in order to receive free shipping. Because shipping costs can be very expensive, try to hold out until you can place an order large enough so that you qualify for free shipping. You might only be a few dollars away from free shipping. Sometimes it’s cheaper, overall, to add an extra item to your cart in situations like this.
Shop during the right times
The virtual shopping world offers some of the best deals throughout the year at the same time the mall does, such as during the holidays. In particular, take advantage of Cyber Monday (the first Monday after Thanksgiving), which offers some of the best sales of the year.
Check competitors’ websites
Don’t automatically assume that the item you’re buying will be priced the same everywhere. Unless it’s a very unique item, there’s a good chance that competitors are also selling it, and perhaps for a better price. If prices are the same everywhere, compare the other deals they might offer—such as free shipping without a minimum purchase or a discount for first-time customers.
Shop on popular discount shopping sites
You might be tempted to buy directly from the source, but did you know that many retailers and brand names will sell the exact same items on websites like Amazon.com, yet for a fraction of the cost? And with an Amazon Prime membership, you can receive free two-day shipping on all orders fulfilled directly by Amazon.