Online shopping is preferred by most shoppers because they provide unmatched discounts. But if you have ever participated in any of the big sales from any of your favorite stores, you will realize, it is often difficult to grab good deals.
Then, how exactly do you maximize your savings shopping online?
Here we are going to list some ways that will double the fun of online shopping for you by providing offers and discounts, that you will truly cherish.
Most shopping sites make use of dynamic pricing, which is nothing but a fancy term for adjusting the pricing of products based on your location, past shopping and browsing history. You might be wondering how does a website knows about your shopping history, it is because all that information is stored in your browser cache.
Websites use dynamic pricing to offer discounts and rewards exclusively to new customers. However, you can make use of this pricing in your favor by shopping in incognito mode. While you can always clear the browser history to avail first time offers, but it gets tedious, plus you also lose any valuable history links.
Shortcuts to open a private window:
In Chrome: Chrome: Ctrl+Shift+N OR Settings > New Incognito Window
Firefox: Ctrl+Shift+P OR Settings > New Private Window
Internet Explorer: Ctrl+Shift+P OR Tools (Alt X) > Safety > InPrivate Browsing
Use coupons codes
Indian eCommerce space is packed with coupon and discount deal sites such as BuyHatke, Groupon and GreatBuyz, still, only a small percentage of online buyers make use of the discount and coupon codes. You don’t have to wait for sales to bag the biggest discounts as most of these sites have a dedicated Today’s Best Offers section where you can check for daily deals.
If you think looking up for coupon codes can be too tedious you can use browser extensions that allow you to get notified about the price drop and coupons automatically when you are shopping for a product. Extensions are available for both Chrome and Firefox browsers.
Abandon the shopping cart
Believe it or not, shopping sites want to score buyers even if they have to let go off the profits. This is why abandoning the shopping cart is a trick that works so well to bag rebates. All you have to do is to add products you want to buy and leave the site without paying for the order. This creates a pending sale that forces online stores to reach you after a while with discounts or a freebie to nudge you into completing the order.
Although this method has grown old, still many sites take cart abandonment quite seriously and can benefit you. Even if you don’t get an offer, there’s no harm in trying out your luck.
Check price comparison sites
Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, Paytm Mall, eBay, Chroma-there are too many online stores to shop but they all offer different prices for the products depending on their offers.
How do you know which site is offering the most competitive price?
You make use of price comparison sites such as MySmartPrice, BuyHatke, Smartprix, and CompareRaja that allow you to compare product prices in real-time. From mobile phones to hotel bookings, you can compare any specific product on these sites. Some of these price comparison sites also offer you an option to set price alerts via push notifications and emails.
Keep an eye on brands’ social accounts
If you are one of the brand loyalists, then you need to follow your favorite brand on social media channels. As digital marketing is becoming the most powerful weapon in a brand’s marketing arsenal, you will find discounts and offers first on their dedicated social media pages, especially Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Sites like Flipkart and Amazon have dedicated social media pages for Deals and Discounts that share lifestyle coupons, daily deals and more. If you are a frequent flier then do follow airlines like Vistara, IndiGo, and Jet on Facebook and Twitter as these airlines are known to post flash deals and discounts on social media. Also, shopping through apps make you eligible for ‘app only’ discounts.
Pay through mobile wallets
In an attempt to push for digital payments, online stores are actively partnering with mobile wallets and credit card services to bring better deals for customers. Flipkart has PhonePe, Amazon is offering huge cashback on payment via AmazonPay, while almost every eCommerce site is partnering with credit card companies to offer you discounts. If you want to avail the best discounts on the final billing amount, make use of mobile wallets such as Paytm, PhonePe, Google Pay, PayUmoney and MobiKwik.
Online shopping is ideal for several reasons, but most buyers are driven by huge discounts and offers. You do not have to rely on sales every day to bag the biggest discounts, the methods we have listed here can get you the best deals every time you shop online.