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Practical Ways To Save Money When Shopping Online

There are various ways to save money while shopping online. You can save hundreds or even thousands a year by comparing prices on various products and services before deciding to buy.

To make informed choices when buying products, you need information on the price, quality and the types of products available. You can get this information by shopping around - either directly, or by going to a number of different websites and comparing what is on offer. Look at the prices and then weigh up what you will get for your money before you make up your mind.

1. Use shopping bots
Shopping bots are essentially search engines for gathering prices for products from a variety of vendors. They allow you to quickly search for merchandise across a wide variety of sites. They are an effective way to quickly get a feel for the available deals. Most experts recommend using at least three different shopping bots. Some popular ones include Froogle, BizRate, DealTime (Shopping.com), MySimon, PriceScan, PriceGrabber and Clickthebutton.com

2. Use Discount Sites / Bargain sites
These are general discount sites where you'll find deals on everything from clothing and digital cameras to diamond earrings. They get excess merchandise from other retailers and sell the merchandise at bargain prices. Examples of bargain sites include Overstock and Smartbargains.

3. Use Coupon sites and Deal Aggregators
These sites provide a wide variety of coupons, promotional codes and discounts across the internet. They lead you to retailers, rather than selling you the merchandise directly. Examples: Wow-Coupons, CurrentCodes.com and FatWallet.

4. Use Classifieds or Auction sites
With most goods, buying straight from the high street will add a considerable sum to the price tag. Itís possible to make vast savings by purchasing your item second-hand. You can buy most merchandise cheaper from auction sites such as EBay and Ubid online.

5. Drop Brand Names
You can easily get cheaper products by opting for lesser-known names in the market. These cheaper items are usually as good as some of the more expensive varieties from the big companies. In some instances, youíll only be paying for the name because some of the products are manufactured by the same companies.

There are many other ways to save money while shopping online, but shopping around before you buy makes it easier to get the best value on various products and services.

About the Author

Copyright © 2005. Chileshe Mwape writes for Half-Price-UK.com: http://www.half-price-uk.com/ Find news and advice about online shopping plus internet-only deals and links to retailer websites including music, gifts, games, computers, clothes, home and garden, travel and more. (If reprinted online, all links in this article MUST be hyperlinked.)

Written by: Chileshe Mwape

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