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Cutting Costs: Find the Best Deals When Shopping Online

Updated on January 26, 2010

Everyone loves a bargain, however hunting down a bargain is not a thrill for everyone.  So, here are some bargain hunting tips to find the best deals when shopping online, whether you are a bargain hunting enthusiast or not.

Finding the Best Deals Online

To find the best deals when shopping online, you need to know where to look. If you are shopping for a specific item, you can use a shopping search engine. Better yet, use a variety of them and compare the results they bring you.

Each search engine finds its information in a different manner. Because of the different ways search engines gather their information, they will yield different results. Try several, and find out which ones you like best. Some of the most popular sites are Shopping.com, Froogle.com, and PriceGrabber.com. For finding the best prices and expert reviews on electronics, try CNET.com.

While the most popular sites are tried and true, there are a number of newcomers breaking onto the field that can help you find the best sales. Smarter.com highlights discounts and coupons in its search. Dealia.com has a downloadable toolbar that alerts you when it finds an item you have been considering for a lower price. Brilliantshoppers.com has a “Coupons” button on their home page where you can browse offers from specific merchants and direct links to get to the relevant web page on the seller’s own site.

For dedicated bargain hunters, there is Fatwallet.com and Gottadeal.com. These two sites post timely information as to which web sites are selling what items for how much. They also have tricks and tips aimed at saving you even more.

As a consumer, do your homework. Know the reputation of the site you are purchasing from, and that of the seller. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Check out the site’s reputation through the Better Business Bureau or other online sources.

(c) Copyright text and photo Christa Dovel 2010

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    • Christa Dovel profile imageAUTHOR

      Christa Dovel 

      8 years ago from The Rocky Mountains, North America

      Thank you LiftedUp. Once I know exactly what I am looking for, I look for the best deal from a reputable dealer.

    • LiftedUp profile image

      LiftedUp 

      8 years ago from Plains of Colorado

      I must confess, I am not one who likes to look and look, and seeing page after page of offerings is daunting for me, even if I really want an item. The last two sites mentioned, therefore, sound good to me.

      What a lot of information you do find!

    • Christa Dovel profile imageAUTHOR

      Christa Dovel 

      8 years ago from The Rocky Mountains, North America

      Thank you Websitesecurity. Last time I checked, all the sites were properly linked. Hopefully you find one or two that really work well for you.

    • websitesecurity profile image

      websitesecurity 

      8 years ago from Utah

      These are some great tips! I haven't heard of a lot of the sites that you listed, so I will have to check them out since I love getting a good deal!

    • Christa Dovel profile imageAUTHOR

      Christa Dovel 

      8 years ago from The Rocky Mountains, North America

      When I bought my sewing machine several years ago, I was able to get it for half of the price I had been planning to pay, because the shopping search engines pulled up a company that was having a 24 hour sale. It absolutely made my day!

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      amulets 

      8 years ago from Singapore

      I think you are right. Searching in the Internet can find some great deals as I have discovered when shopping products offline and found them online that costs lesser. Good Tips!

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for another good tip. Great hub.

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