10 tips to smart online shopping

7:22 PM

 I went out to shop at shoppers stop last week and was stuck in a traffic jam . When i finally reached garuda mall and tried some shades of foundations to find my perfect match i had to bear a pushy sales women who was trying to get me to add more items to my bill. and to top it i did not get even a single percent discount or cash back . i know i should stick to online shopping because it is so much more easy and fun but shopping for make up online is very tricky as there are no testers available so i am forced to shop offline. but iam no way making another trip to the mall anytime soon  .

Online shopping has been my preferred way to shop for more than a year now and i love getting products delivered right at my door step . Easy returns , fabulous discounts, cashback offers and flexibility to shop anytime in day or night makes online shopping an enjoyable ride for me. There are some cons of shopping online and i have had some unfavorable experiences myself but if  you  shop smart and follow these tips then iam sure you will get a great deal .

  • Buy from reputed online sites: ecommerce portals like flipkart and snapdeal have gained the trust of users by delivery quality , so if you a newbie to online shopping then i suggest you start of from these reputed online stores. Also if you are making big purachses like a laptop or  a mobile dont look for the lowest price available look for after sales service and return policies. I brought a laptop recently from flipkart recently and the same laptop was avaiable at a lower price on other sites but i opted for WS retail because they have great customer service and 30 day return policy.
  • Use Coupons: Always check for coupons before making the final purchase. Most online sites offer amazing promo codes which give you discounts over and above the discounts shown on products. Finding coupon codes is very easy all you have to do is subscribe to a coupon code website like zoutons or google for keywords like 'flipkart promo codes' and you will get all available codes for the site. 
  • Opt for Cash On delivery : Paying online using debit and credit cards can give you cash backs but when you are shopping from a new or a lesser known ecommerce portal make sure you use the COD option
  • compare prices : Use sites like junglee or browser extensions like buyhatke to compare prices across different sites to ensure you are getting the best and cheapest price.
  • Use cashback sites: Many online sites in india offer you attractive reward points and cashbacks so make sure you shop through these sites to save some money. 
  • Shop at the right time: Almost all year round sites online have sales, so shop when there is a sale and not otherwise. if you are not in a hurry and then just add products you like to wish list or shopping cart , ofcourse the items can go out of stock so make sure you dont wait much if really love a product.
  • Use debit and credit cards on sites you trust: If you completely trust a portal like flipkart or myntra pay using debit card to get exclusive card offer benefits.
  • Recharge mobile online: Now you can recharge your mobile anytime of the day just with a click, whats more you can even save money as many sites like paytm and mobikwik offer a lot of coupons and cash back on recharges. Just find  paytm coupons for mobile recharge and save even on your talktime expenses 
  • Keep an eye on seller ratings and reviews: what if you want to buy from sellers other than official and trusted sellers like myntra, WS retail ? then visit the seller page to see their ratings and reviews and decide accordingly. 
  • Shop together with your family or friends : Sites like flipkart bring in offers like extra 30% off when you shop for 3 apparel so if you want to buy just one then buy together with your family and save more. I always shop with my sisters and never miss these extra discounts. Shopping together also means no shipping charges as most sites offer free shipping for a cart value above 500 or 1000 INR.
So, those were my tips, do you have more to share? please do so in the comments.

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