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Five Tips To Shop Better

28 Sep

How do you shop? Do you consider yourself a savvy shopper? Check out these five tips to improve the way you shop and make it better.

Five Tips To Shop Better

  1. Plan ahead – when going out only take the credit cards you need
  2. Be careful online – look for the https in the URL when you are ready to check out
  3. Be observant in the store – be aware someone could take photo of information
  4. Keep credit card or ATM receipts – or don’t print out a receipt and review them later online
  5. Shop with a slim wallet – carry little cash

Do you have any tips to shop better?

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Upromise Toolbar

1 Sep

Do you have a AAA card–or an Entertainment Book?  I’ve got one of each and between the two of them, I could be getting discounts all over town.  But for some reason, I don’t take advantage of them anywhere near as much as I could.  My habits are no different online.  That’s why I give the Upromise toolbar two thumbs up.  It makes sure that you take advantage of any available savings whenever you happen upon one of their affiliated shopping sites.  (Not familiar with Upromise?)

If you or someone you know is using Upromise to save money for their kids’ college education, you’ll appreciate the value in this toolbar.  Of course you could go shopping through the Upromise shopping site directly—but who bothers to think of that?  Not me.  Just install the toolbar in your browser and you will be prompted whenever you reach a shopping site affiliated with Upromise.  Their site claims that members who use the toolbar save more than 5x more than members who don’t.

If you shop online—and you use Upromise, this free tool is a must.

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Pronto – Social Network Shopping

9 Aug

Social networking with a dash of shopping, that’s Pronto. Get recommendations and ideas from online friends about the items you are thinking about purchasing. Their tag line is, “Compare and Buy at the Lowest Prices” and they do live up to it. However, it is easy to get sucked into other items you weren’t even planning on purchasing. At this site share, discover and compare product details, ratings and the profiles of what you’re friends bought.

http://www.pronto.com/

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Ebay Ratings

14 Jun

I don’t know how often you make purchases on eBay, but I did notice they recently made big changes to their feedback policy. In the past you had three boxes to choose, negative, positive or neutral. You would choose one and then leave a detailed message about the transaction. However, now eBay has removed these settings and added what they call detailed seller ratings (DSRs). This new system is more or less the NetFlix or 5 star rating system.

eBay states, “Now, buyers can leave sellers an overall positive, neutral, or negative Feedback and ratings on four aspects of their transaction: accuracy of item description, communication, shipping time, and shipping and handling charges. The rating system is based on a one- to five-star scale, with one star being the lowest rating and five stars being the highest.”

Furthermore, “The average of each DSR is displayed on the seller’s Feedback Profile page. DSRs do not impact the overall Feedback Score, but provide a more complete picture of the member’s performance as a seller. DSRs are also a factor for eligibility for key seller benefits, including advantage in listing exposure, membership in the PowerSeller program, and eligibility for PowerSeller discounts on final value fees”

I think this eBay’s DSR feedback system is more granular, but I am not sure it is as clear for the consumer as the old system. Now instead of just looking for good or bad feedback, you have to look at a myriad of rating variables.

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DealNews.com

23 Feb

Looking to save money? Who isn’t?

Check out Deal News for great tips for saving while you shop online. The website also offers up-to-date promotional codes for big name retailers. I just saved 25% with a recent online order.

http://dealnews.com

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Gifts.com

10 Jan

Triad Advertising sent out their recent newsletter and had this entry on Gifts.com. “Having a hard time finding the perfect gift for that impossible to buy for person? Tired of battling the crowds at the malls? Try gifts.com, a personal shopping site, which allows users to find gifts based on certain criteria such as personality, recipient, occasion or price. The site also offers blogs, videos and other helpful gift guides.”

gifts.com

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