Being a girl of-course I love shopping.When I was in college , malls were like my second home and season end sale used to be my favorite time of year
I used to live in Indore where all malls were nearby my home ,I would just go whenever I find time and buy good stuff .It was easy ,it was convenient .
Then life happened,I got a Job ,shifted in Mumbai.
Those who live in Mumbai,they know how weekdays goes by here and how much crowd it is there in malls in weekends and in sale season ,you need to have lots of courage to enter in a mall and do shopping.After a tiring week,I just can’t spend my weekends in malls where I have to stand in a queue to try a handful of clothes.
Online shopping has always come to my rescue ..I no more have to go out to buy those stuff which I can easily order online ..seriously this can save plenty of time and lot of frustration ..because shopping is something which is supposed to be fun activity ,not a stressful activity.
But I have some across to lot of people who shy away from online shopping ,some because of their past bad experiences and some because they fear to try this mode of buying.
From my experience ,I can say online shopping is safe mode of buying.
But there are few things you really need to pay attention and few hacks which can be really useful while buying products online :
Copy-Paste method :
Copy product full name (along with code ),and then paste it on google search ,search result will let you know if it is available on any other site at a lesser price (Google is my friend ) or you can also use browser extension like makkhichoose ,which compares prices for you ,whenever you check any product it gives you instant update if the product is available on some other website at lesser price (Smart )
Check these websites before making final purchase :
Check cashback offers or coupons :
coupondunia , grabon and couponraja these websites give you an update about coupons,offers and cashback..You can use cashback websites like paytm and payumoney to make purchase or use their money to make purchase to get decent cashback..or check for credit card offers ,banks often provide additional discount and cashback ,if purchase is made from their account or credit card ..so check for those deals as well
Use new customer discount :
Most of the site offer discount on your first purchase ,you have to sign in and subscribe it for the same ..do that and get that discount .In your next purchase ,again sign in from some other email ID and again get that discount (Cleaver huh)
Use ”favorite” or ”notify me” option :
Want to buy a product ,but can’t afford at this point of time or its not available in your size or favorite color ,Use these options,you will get direct notification in your mail box ,whenever product is available in your favorite color or size,or most Importantly you will receive notification,whenever product will be under discount ( Patience Baby)
Leave it in cart :
This work a lot ,pick the product you like and leave it in cart,many times ,retailer will reach you with a discounted price for this product (Yippee)
Check warranty on product before buying :
This specifically applies to electronics ,always call customer care of the e-retailer ,ask about if they are offering same warranty as the manufacturer and what will serve as a proof of warranty..always have these queries solved before making any big purchase online ,You don’t want that one day your product stop working and you go to service center and they said it is not under valid warranty (Be Cautious )
Read product description carefully :
Always read product description and whatever is mentioned along with product image ,whether it’s clothing,electronic items ,furniture or anything..Read each and every single detail ..Just don’t skip reading (Boring But Important )
Zoom It Baby :
look at images carefully by zooming in and out.Many of top which I loved at first glance ,only after seeing the images carefully I realized that they won’t look good on me ,sometimes their back is too deep,length is short or long and many another thing, so careful analysis of images is another really really important .
Check Return/Exchange conditions :
Although almost all online portal offer seamless return and exchange services,It is advisable to read condition for the same carefully before purchasing product..Like what will be the procedure,whether money will be deposited to your account or you will be getting credit notes..( I Love my money)
Check delivery time :
Check availability of a product in your area ..How many days it will take to delivered it to you .It’s better to check beforehand
Don’t shy away to clear your queries :
Often there is Q/A section ,you can ask question there and get your answer ,or else you can always call customer care and inquire about product before placing order
Read user reviews :
Don’t forget to read user review ,you can find genuine inputs about product here only (Be a Geek !!)
Check for Seller :
Some shopping sites like Amazon and Flip kart , don’t sell their product directly ,they sell through different sellers , and different sellers offers different discount as well so always check for that and read reviews about seller as well
Check for websites who offers free shipping or free COD :
After choosing item ,check if the site is offering free shipping or delivery if not then look for same product (Follow copy paste method ) on other websites ,who offers free shipping or free COD (Why Pay extra )
Know your size :
Online retailer uses a different kind of size metrics ,especially in shoes ,sometimes it is UK size ,or US size or may be some other size. So be aware of your shoes or clothing size to avoid the whole return or exchange hassle .
In furniture also check the size of product ,One time I ordered a piece of furniture ,it was looking so big in Image ,I didn’t check its dimensions (Stupid Me ),and when it delivered to me ,it was so damn small..:(
Follow these hacks and you will have an amazing experience shopping online .
If you have any more hacks ,then please share them in comment box..