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Effective tips for online shopping by Reshma Hyder

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Online shopping has given a new meaning to the phrase ‘24 hour shopping’ as now, sellers and buyers can meet virtually and at any time to do business 365 days a year. While cyber Monday has past and Dec 17th and 18th may be the last days to use online shopping options and still get your purchases shipped at your door by Dec 24th, we at MiFam thought we’ll share results of our recent survey from Bay Area online shoppers which included customers from ages 5 to 105!

 

We discovered online shopping to cross all boundaries of age, gender, economic and educational status. The young men and women from high school to early stage hires are still amongst the highest grossing demographics that utilize online shopping most frequently and effectively.  Turns out the following tips on online shopping could really come in handy for all global online shoppers. We realized the need to begin work on publishing the best global online banking and money transfer resource list after the online shopping survey is published per demand by people we surveyed but until then enjoy these tips:

 

  • Select one email account and use it regularly for all your online shopping.
  • Select one card or a separate bank account for all online shopping. Set up fraudulent alert and maximum purchase alert to prevent any deceitful purchases.
  • When making purchases on products or certain retailers, do a simultaneous search for a promo code or coupon code right before checkout. This often helps add more savings to an already special deal you got or often helps toward free shopping etc
  • Know your return policy and delivery charges etc.  Read the fine print very carefully to make sure no hidden charges apply. Be very careful for international shipping as customs and freight may add on to months and not just weeks in delivery times.
  • Utilize customer service for all online shopping experiences. We like live chat or in person call options when shopping as often times, the service agent may give additional deals or ideas to make it effective to shop online. They may add free shipping or few more offer codes at checkout, may add damaged goods replacements etc.
  • Speaking of customer service, we love writing reviews of our shopping experience online and trust us, online shopping pros and retailers love this as well and may offer us deals if we really do an honest review of our shopping experience.
  • Some favorite and popular online shopping sites by people we surveyed were :
amazonlogoAMAZON and Amazon Prime.  Everything about the ease of shopping on Amazon is amazing.  Prime lets you get items shipped early without extra shipping charges but use it carefully as often times it’s a limited offer for specific Prime products. Add price tracking feature by typing ‘Camel Camel Camel ‘ and see the history of the price of the item and set the price of a certain item you like. This keeps track of the price and notifies you to complete the order at your desired price bid if it reaches that amount.  Do read comments or reviews by shoppers for the Amazon retailer or reseller as those are real experiences and ratings by the customers and helps you plan accordingly.

 

zapposlogoZappos is another favorite of both young men and women especially for online shoe purchasing. Now if you are an old fashioned shoe shopper like most of us who like to try the shoes  on and walk……we learned our savvy young shoppers actually do try their desired shoes on but keep track of the size and model #s and then buy directly through online networks such as Zappos or direct shoe retailer sites.

 

HM logoH&M, Zara, Gap, Target, Banana Republic, Old Navy, GameStop, Fandango, iTunesNoMoreRack and Zulily are all popular amongst online shoppers for effective sites and shopping experience in store and online. For holiday Gift giving many have additional deals for online gift cards too!
uniqlologo2UNIQLO, ASOS, HauteLook, Nordstrom online are a few select sites that savvy seasoned fashion shoppers use and share info about additional perks.

 

 

 

  • Utilize ebates, mobile and online coupons and cashback for shopping at your favorite stores! It’s like a frequent flier equivalent of online shopping.  One gets offers of rebates online for frequently shopping at few select retailers.  Very popular feature for many young women shoppers who frequently buy cosmetics and perishable or seasonal items online too! Few shoppers add causes they supports as the recipient of the % proceed cash from the ebates. This often takes the guilt away from shopping knowing that a portion is going to a good cause.
  • Become familiar with each retailer’s shipping and return policy as many allow for in store returns, few send in return labels alongside the shipping and few international ones do not even allow returns due to high cost of payment and shipping processing for overseas purchases. We are big fans of return policies at Nordstrom with no limit to return dates and cash returns along with 365 day in store returns. Be very careful of the 14 day return policies specially for global orders as often times the order arrives with little time to return online within the 14 day time period.  One more popular site offering free shipping is by ASOS (favorite for many young women shoppers).
  • Last but not the least, we love to mention celebrity stars turned retail entrepreneur like Jessica  Alba and her “The Honest Company”  and  online fashion Bloggers that have taken online shopping experience to a totally different level. With free personal blogging sites and popular social networks, every fashionable retail customer has become a fashion blogger posting Instagram or twitter updates of their latest ensembles and even linking them to the shopping sources.  We found that as little as 3% of the most popular shopping bloggers may even be earning upwards of a 6 figure commission for their recommendations  and affiliate sales reviews utilizing Amazon affiliate accounts and google ads.  Blogs of fashion stylists or even famous personalities get contacted by retailers and branding agents to endorse a product by sharing a picture or post about it. A few sophisticated apps and sites even link the products direct to online sites or let friends help friends make purchases remotely through online platforms.
We anticipate these online shopping tips were as valuable to you as they have been to us. Tell us your favorite tip in the comments below.
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