A common consumer misconception is that the particular items they are shopping for are so specific, or so exclusive they just don't go on-sale. Everything goes on sale. In fact, retailers plan for it to do so, and the original ticket price is inflated beyond the actual item value in accordance with the increasing consumer culture of "deal-shopping." Here are a few tips some tips to keep you out of the empty-pocket checkout lane, and into the fat-wallet express lane.
- Make sure online shopping is more effective for you than offline shopping (see online shopping vs. offline shopping).
- Check the major coupon websites (see online coupon shopping)
- Use Comparison Shopping Websites (see comparison shopping)
- Always, always check on EBAY and its affiliated sites like www.half.com for retailers selling below average cost, and private party marketing.
- Decide whether or not buying it used is an option for you.
Often, depending on the type of item you are purchasing, it really doesn't matter if it's new or used. This is particularly true for items it is difficult to mess up beyond useful function (DVDs, Books etc). Clothes, cars, and electronics are items you would want to be more cautious about buying used.
- Buy from a retailer before private citizens, especially if the price is similar. You always want to ask yourself, if I am not happy with my purchase, do they have a customer service department that has a vested interest in making it right.
Read the product reviews available at online sites to ensure you are getting a high-quality product.Â (See comparison shopping/product reviews).