Online shopping tips for shoppers
If you haven't brought products online yet, you are out of vogue. India's largest eCommerce marketplace eBay India's Head - Partnerships Deepa Thomas shares smart shopping tips with IBNS
Online shopping boasts of abundant advantages primarily variety, convenience and great deals. The kind of products offered online are varied, including gadgets, clothes, shoes, books, watches, perfumes, furniture, collectibles, etc.
Online shopping tips for smart shoppers:
Browse. It's fun!
There are many online shopping sites that have the product you want. It's best to buy from a trusted website and smart to compare prices across multiple portals and merchants.
Smart tip: Usually, websites that follow a marketplace model will have the best deals due to the presence of many reputed sellers, all competing for your business.
Some online stores provide regular customers with promotional codes offering discounts when you buy in certain product categories or use certain payment modes. You enter these when you shop and they'll save you money. Your banks will also provide you with incentives when you shop via credit cards, debit cards, net banking or EMI.
Smart tip: These coupons are valid for a fixed time period. Make sure you use them before they expire.
Hold On to Your Cash
On the Internet, plastic is king. Paying with a credit card means you can enlist the card issuer's help in securing a refund on domestic purchases. Online payments on secure payment gateways offer you convenience and ensure faster shipments.
Smart tip: You can use PaisaPay on eBay India to make payments for a completely secure shopping experience. Your money is protected and released to the seller only when you receive your product.
Put an alarm!
Leading online shopping sites have amazing deals at a particular time every day such as eBay India's wake-up call at 11 am daily. Ensure you log on at these times to get a glimpse of what they are offering. These deals are fabulous grabs and should not be missed!
Smart tip: Ensure you study the product descriptions well before making your purchase. Shop for products that suit your budget and needs. Such deals may make you splurge.
Buy now, pay later!
Many reputed shopping websites offer you the option of paying for your expensive gadgets via EMI. Get the product you want right away and Pay over a six month period.
Smart tip: eBay offers a convenient way to search for Products on EMI. Use the search filter in the left navigation to choose products with EMI. You could opt for HDFC, ICICI or Citibank 3 or 6 month EMI option.
Check your mails, Facebook and Twitter
Always visit the home page of online shopping sites and check out the direct mailers as well as the Facebook page to avail of the best offers. Websites such as eBay send out mailers with the latest offers to all their customers. Some of the best deals can be found in these mailers and on the home page.
Smart tip: This is the best way to be up-to-date in order to grab the best deals. These also give an idea of what others are buying online. Remember, you have to be in vogue!
Use that Smart Phone
Smart Phones and Tablets offer a convenient way to shop in your downtime or while you are on the move. Shopping websites offer apps or mobile web versions for a rich shopping experience.
Smart tip: You can access the entire Mobile Commerce suite of offerings from eBay India on www.ebay.in/mobile. Download apps for the Nokia, Android, Windows, iPhone and iPad as well as the Mobile Web.
Have fun shopping smartly
Make sure you follow these tips, but in the end it is all about having a positive shopping experience! Browse, choose and shop smartly for millions of products available on your laptop or smart phone!