Nowadays, you can literally buy anything on the Internet—clothes, luggage, beauty products, gadgets, groceries, name it! If you’re new to online shopping, no need to worry, we’ve made a list of tips, tricks, and hacks you need to know to score the best deals online!
1. Get first dibs by following your favorite brands on social media
It’s always a good idea to follow your favorite brands and online stores on social media—after all, that’s where the action is. They usually announce their sales, flash deals, and discount codes there first, so you’ll never miss out. You can also try downloading their apps to get even better deals!
2. When a service chat box opens, ask for a promo code
Speaking of discounts, there are a lot of different ways to get them and save money. Whenever a customer service chat box opens, ask them for a promo code—there’s no harm in asking. It’s also very likely that you’ll get a discount on your first time to shop on a website. What’s more, if you’re not in a hurry, try putting the items you want in your shopping cart, and leaving them there for a bit, Some websites will send you a discount code in your email so you can complete your purchase!
3. Compare prices to get the most savings
This tip works on several levels. You can search the price of the item you’re eyeing from other online stores. Based on the information you get, you can go with the best price or approach your preferred retailer to ask for a price match. Here’s another tip: did you know that the price can go down when you change the color of the item you want?
4. Check out cashback/rebate sites
If you really want to save money, sign up for cashback sites, which help you save as you shop online. For every USD100 you spend, you could get anywhere between USD3 to USD10 back through gift cards or reward points. Just find a cashback site that offers a good discount for the retailer you want (like Amazon, Etsy, or Footlocker) and sign up before buying. The cashback site will track your purchases and send the credit to your account—that means more money for you to spend on online shopping!
5. Go online at the right times
Shop at the right day during the week and snag great discounts–a U.S. data company looking at retail sales says that Tuesday would be the best time to go online shopping, when shoppers save almost 5% compared to other days.
November is also a great month to shop, especially during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It’s right before the Christmas rush begins, too. And come January, a lot of retailers like Kate Spade also offer steep end of season discounts (up to 50% off). Don’t forget to clear your search history and cookies every so often. Incognito or Private Mode can be your friend!
6. Find a trustworthy shipper
It’s a long wait to entrust your finds to friends or relatives from the U.S. who don’t really visit the Philippines that often. Not to mention the hassle you might face with the Philippine Customs and taxes if you ship via regular post.
How about trying out Shipping Cart, a shipping service that can deliver your purchases right to your doorstep? After you shop in any U.S.-based online store, you can have your items delivered to your free Shipping Cart U.S. address. Shipping Cart can also consolidate your purchases from different retailers for you. Once you’ve confirmed payment, your items are shipped immediately—you can expect your finds at your doorstep in as early as 10 days!
Shipping Cart, an easy-to-use web-based shipping service with affordable shipping rates, and value-added features such as consolidation, package insurance, and door-to-door shipping is what makes it a service trusted by many Filipinos.
What are you waiting for? Time to shop and ship! Sign up for a Shipping Cart account here.