These days you can shop for anything online – from a gourmet meal when you are hungry, to a dress you have had your eye on for a while, quirky furniture or accessories, gadgets like smartphones, laptops and other electronics. The choices are endless. For scoring the best deal, you do not even have to wait for a sale anymore since most
e-commerce websites now offer innumerous schemes and offers. To be a savvy offer hunter, here are a few tips and tricks to maximise your shopping experience of grabbing the best products at the best price possible.
Dynamic Pricing – Many online retailers like Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, Jabong and more use the dynamic pricing strategy to offer varied prices to different consumers based on the demand of the product, the user’s spending pattern on the website and other factors. This data helps websites determine each consumer’s price point that may be higher or lower for a particular product. If you want to avoid this is, do erase your browser’s cookies or surf the site without signing into your account.
Couponing – A lot of websites such as coupondunia.com, couponada.in, buy1get1.in, indiafreestuff.in and more also offer discounts on purchases on multiple
e-commerce websites. There are daily codes and offers to choose from on food, electronics, home furnishings, apparel, travel and more.
Offers from your Bank- Few banks offer their customers exclusive discounts. ICICI Bank has an Offerzone that offers discounts on more than six categories such as travel, electronics, lifestyle, gifting and more. It is exclusively for their customers. One such offer, which is currently on till November 14, 2015, is the Internet Banking Shopping Fiesta where the highest spender gets an iPhone 6, daily highest spenders gets a tab and many more discounts.
Compare Online Prices – At any given time there are multiple offers and sales floating around the Internet on various shopping websites, especially during the sale season. To always be on top of all this information, price comparison sites are immensely helpful. Compareindia.com, pricedekho.com, junglee.com and mypriceindia.com are just some of the websites that list out how most popular shopping products like gadgets are priced at any given time online. Some of these websites also offer reviews on the products making shopping decisions easier and price-effective.
Early Bird Catches the Worm– The sale seasons are generally timed during major religious festivals in India. During this time, newsletter subscriptions help because websites will give their privileged customers (mostly high spenders) first dibs and higher discounts on products. Nothing like getting special treatment!
Mobile Wallets – With digital wallets popularising seamless cashless transactions, online shopping has become not just convenient but also rewarding. Pockets by ICICI Bank has some great offers to choose from – like cashback, Shoppers Stop gift vouchers, a Provogue watch on prepaid mobile recharge, discount at Café Coffee Day outlets and much more.
E-Tailer Card Offers – Most online retailers offer deals on cards that include easy EMI options, cashback or other rewards on sales. Many of these are due to the tie-ups with banks or with the card service providers. ICICI Bank other than offering EMI on Credit Card, also offers it on Debit Card. Click here to know the latest offers available on ICICI Bank Cards.
Resale Websites - Buying and selling second-hand products is not just a great way of funding your next buys, but sometimes you also get great deals on products. Websites like olx.in and quikr.in are a marketplace for resale of smartphones, laptops, cameras, furniture and so on. Many people end up upgrading their existing gadgets and sell their few-months-old ones that you might find useful since they will always be below market price.
Refurbished Products – These products, mostly electronic gadgets, are repaired and restored to a like-new state, by a manufacturer of a reseller and sold at a much more affordable price. They are verified to work properly, include all parts and accessories and include a warranty. Some websites that you can scroll for great deals include ebay.in, greendust.com, gobol.in and reglobe.in.
On-App Shopping – Plenty of e-commerce websites offer great deals on their mobile applications. These deals are not solely dependent on sales but instead are sometimes timed along with campaigns they might be running. It is a good idea to check the prices on the mobile applications before finalising the purchase.
There you have it. Next time you sit to scroll the web for great deals on products, just apply these few techniques and see your online shopping experience improve manifold. Who does not like a great deal!
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