British Savings Week offers advice and tips on how Brits can save money. Online retail is growing year on year and although it is yet to overtake brick and mortar sales part of its appeal is the ease with which you can order dozens of items with a single click. But this can really start to add up if you don't watch out, and with online shopping increasing British Savings Week has put together a list of online shopping habits every customer must adopt.
1. Use coupons and codes
As well as offering sales, many websites offer codes and coupons which offer various benefits, typically in the form of X% off your shopping, or even free gifts. British Saving Week’s top advice is to open another tab on your browser and Google the name of the store you are shopping on alongside a phrase such as ‘discount codes’ or ‘voucher codes’. Within a few minutes you will find numerous codes you can enter at the checkout which bring you additional value, sometimes it is even possible to use multiple codes on the same order: a member of the British Savings Week team recently scooped a pair of £80 Adidas shoes for £50 by taking a few minutes to Google discount codes – It is an essential tool in your online shopping arsenal!
2. Abandon your basket
Approximately £3.4bn worth of online shopping baskets do not make it to checkout each year in the UK, an abandoned basket is when somebody gets through to the checkout page and they decide against their purchase. This causes online retailers major headaches. To scrape back some of the revenue this loses many websites will alert you via email (if they have your address) or when you next visit the site, these alerts often offer you to complete your purchase (at a discount) or give you a voucher code to use next time you shop on the site.
3. Shop around
The vast majority of shoppers tend to stick to a few websites, largely major marketplace sites such as Amazon and eBay. Marketplaces are fantastic for shopping around generally, but if there is a specific item you are looking for it may be worth using Google to find other retailers. A good material-world example would be paracetamol; you can buy it at the supermarket, or walk down the high street and buy the same product for a fraction of the price.
4. Read customer reviews
Businesses are always going to describe their products in the most positive light, but it’s always worth reading customer reviews. Although you can return goods bought online within 14 days of receiving your order, the refund can take some time to process. By reading reviews you may find a customer which has bought the product for a similar purpose you intend to use it for, if it’s not suited to their needs it may not be suited to yours, and you could save yourself having to wait for a refund.
5. Shop second hand
There are plenty of websites selling second hand goods, eBay and Gumtree tend to be the most popular. There are many bargains to be found if you put the time into looking and shopping around, often you can pick up major discounts. During and after Christmas is a particularly great time to seek out bargains in the form of unwanted Christmas presents. There are a lot of people who buy items online and may be too busy to return them so list them on sites like eBay instead – pretty much brand new!
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