As a fashion writer, the lure to qualify this habit as "research" makes it ever the more tempting. Writers have a fun gig, indeed, but much like other creative vocations, not a lot of pocket change to go with it. Thus, the pursuit for the ultimate in deals and steals becomes one of great passion, drive... and, well, necessity.
Shopping their site is a great outlet for getting couture dress you want -- at a price that won't keep you out of martinis all season -- the site saves customers up to 70% off every day, and stocks all the of-the-moment designers.
Always inquire with your favorite e-tailers to see what benefits they offer to frequent shoppers. You may be spending more money than you need to! For example, shoe-lovers can find great incentives at Shoebuy.com and Zappos.com. Customers can subscribe for new style updates from favorite brands and for announcements of seasonal promotions.
Many of us are set in our ways, and desire bargain options where we are already comfortable shopping. From clothes and shoes to makeup, several sites out there offer shoppers free secret coupon codes that save the consumer a fortune at stores like Nordstrom, Amazon.com, Sephora, Bloomingdale's, and hundreds more (often as much as 50%!).
2. If you know the exact product you want to purchase, it pays to visit several online retailers to get the best price. Several different sites can help you find that best price by giving you a list of online stores in the category you're shopping for, and showing you the coupons that those stores are offering.
3. In general, it is far safer to use a credit card than a debit card for shopping online. Most debit cards do not offer the same level of safety that a credit card does, and when an unexpected or erroneous charge shows up on your debit card, the money is taken from your bank account and you can end up with bounced checks or other issues before you even realize the problem has occurred. Talk to your bank or card issuer if you need details.
4. Some merchants are required to collect sales taxes in your state while others might not. It can pay to check several online retailers if the merchant you're about to purchase from wants to charge sales tax. Depending on where you live, you could save 8% or more on tax alone.
5. Some sites offer incentives for using their payment services. For example, eBay sometimes issues coupons valid for purchases made on their site with PayPal -- and this is especially true near the holidays. Google Checkout also sometimes offer incentives for using their service -- see some promotions here.
6. Pay close attention to shipping charges. Some retailers make up their low prices by padding the shipping, so you want to be sure you're getting the lowest possible overall price.
8. Always be sure that the final checkout screen shows the correct items, quantities and pricing before you submit your order.
Other sites that offer valuable reader reviews include Overstock.com, Amazon.com, Drugstore.com, Macy's and eBags.com, among others.
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