With Internet users in India growing rapidly, parallel online shopping has seen exponential growth in India. Indian e-commerce has grown at a compounded annual growth rate of 30% since FY09, and is expected to be $18 billion (around Rs 1,116,00 crore) by FY15.
Online shopping has become a popular shopping method and there are many advantages like time and money saving for searching the product, price comparison and 24/7 availability etc. However a little more research and smartness can help you to save even more. Here are some simple tips and websites that help you to save money while shopping online.
1) Use Price Comparison:
A good way to save money is to compare prices. You can compare prices by looking at more than one site. Something might be “on sale” at one store. But another store might sell the same thing for less money.
Now there are several sites which show price comparison like MysmartPrice, CompareRaja, Pricedekho etc. Also for mobile I prefer 91mobiles.com. But some of these comparison shopping sites may not have always lowest listed price on the Internet.
2) Search for Coupons and promotional codes:
A coupon can help you save money on certain products or at certain websites. Some website offers promo codes and coupon that can apply during checkout for some additional discounts. If you don’t find the coupons on your favorite website, then search in Google for it.
Also there are many websites which offers online services for coupons, promo codes and discounts. They have large databases of many websites that offers coupons and promo codes. Some of the top coupon websites are CouponDunia, Freekaamaal, DesiDime, Couponmantra etc. You can register with these websites for free and they will occasionally send you an email or newsletter with the latest deals.
But coupons can help you save only if you are buying something you need. Do not buy things just because you have a coupon for them.
3) Check for free shipping:
Many stores offer free shipping if you spend a certain amount and if there is no free shipping, then make sure that the shipping is not too much. Always consider the items price plus shipping amount as a total amount. Many website offers viewing items in price plus shipping ascending or descending orders.
4) Watch on the Social Media:
Almost all online stores have their social media pages and they are active on Facebook and Twitter. If you like their pages, they will offer you some discount.
5) Purchase using credit card:
While shopping online, many website offers additional discount or cash back offers on particular credit card purchase. If you are going to purchase the amount of 20 -30 thousand, then additional 10% discount will save you big.
6) Use apps:
Also there are some shopping Apps available that will help you find a good deal anywhere, any time and save you money. Some time big websites like Amazon or Flipkart offers your best deals and lowest prices, if you install their app on your mobile.
7) Subscribe With An Alternative email Address:
Many websites offers daily deals and for that you have to subscribe with your email address. Also they send you promotional material. So it is better to create an alternate e-mail address for this purpose so that your personal account doesn't get filled with advertisements.
8) Be patient:
If you don’t need an item right away, then wait for a period of one or two week to see if any website offers coupon code for it. If you find good deal, jump on it.
9) Buy offline:
Well, many times you have done searching for cheap deals online for any particular product, but doesn’t find. Then go to stores and search, because some time you will get at the lowest price compare to online. Particularly if want to purchase small items like keyboard, mouse or some households items, then you will get them cheaper in offline without shipping charges.
There can be other ways too, to save money on online shopping. Now start counting, how much amount you save in a year with this tips, you will be surprise!
But these advantages can only benefit you if you take care of the most important aspect while shopping online. See previous post for Safety Tips for Safe Online Shopping
I hope now your shopping will be cheap and happy.