[Guest Post] Five best ways to save while shopping online
by Eliza Shaw
Bargain hunting used to involve spending a lot of time and effort trudging around different shops to find the best price for a particular item. The beauty of the internet is that we can now make many of these purchases online and can compare prices more easily and quickly. Finding ways to save and scrounging the web for the best prices can still be tricky, so I’ve created this list of the 5 easiest ways to save with online shopping.
1. Pick shops with free shipping :
This is probably one of the easiest ways to save and can actually make a big difference on your total checkout price. Many retailers offer free shipping, often if you spend over a certain amount. If you’ve found that you haven’t spent enough, add one or two cheap items to the order which will bring your price into the free shipping range, which will save you a fair amount of cash.
2. Online couponing :
Definitely consider searching for bargains at certain coupon/promo code sites. Sites like www.Flipit.com/sg, the most established online couponing shop in SG, allow you to search for discounts by shop or category. They update their websites often and have a comprehensive list of shops — ranging from more popular brands to smaller Singaporean boutiques.
3. Use online bidding shops :
Penny auction sites like Ebay, Sold.sg and www.sg.ebid.net are great for finding hard-to-find products and can help you slash prices. A seller will often set a very cheap minimum bid for an item, although sometimes competition from other bidders can raise prices higher. You will often find, however, that you can win online auctions at prices well below the market value.
4. Get your timing right :
Prices for goods are always changing. Plan birthdays and holidays (e.g. Christmas and Chinese New Year) ahead to avoid seasonal increases in prices. You can often “favourite” items in shops (particularly useful with your favourite online shops) and return back to them at the end of the season to see if they’ve gone on sale.
5. Buy second hand :
There are a plethora of online shops that sell vintage or second-hand goods. Not only is buying second hand good for the environment, it’s good for your pocket as well. You can find second-hand clothing, furniture, books and a myriad of other choices online and in the physical shops as well. Here is a good guide for second-hand shopping in Singapore (online and in stores).