Daily deal sites abound. Some are highly focused on specific shopping categories and others offer a huge range of products and services. To get your money’s worth, make sure that you follow these 4 Crucial Tips For Using Daily Deal Sites.
1. Have A Shopping List Made Before You Peruse Deal Sites-Place a written list of what you need to buy in sight when you are looking at these sites. Seeing in writing what you are shopping for will help limit the temptation to impulse buy. And fight back the, “Oh, that is so cute. I had no idea they made this contraption, but surely I could find a place to put it.”, thoughts.
2. Know Your Prices Before You Shop-Just because something is advertised as a deal does not necessarily make it so. Use the power of the internet to look around and find average pricing for the items that you consider purchasing. Also, be sure and explore independent ratings for the brands/make of products and services that are advertised as deals.
3. Do Not Surf Daily Deal Sites DAILY Unless…You are specifically looking for certain items during a period of time or using the these sites to earn money towards future purchases. Too great a temptation to overspend and buy the unnecessary happens otherwise.
4. Make Sure That You Understand Return Policies-Read, read, read the fine print. Depending on the company and the nature of the deal, the product may not be eligible for a return. If it is a service or entertainment, most likely you have only a specific period of time to redeem before the deal is no longer valid.
Major Daily Deal Sites Include:
GroopDealz-Find daily deals on clothing, jewelry, home decor, kids & baby, and more. You purchase through GroopDealz and your order is fulfilled by the boutique who is offering the items.
Groupon-You will find a mix of local deals on entertainment, food, and services. Generally, the closer you are to a larger city, the more local deals that will be available. Just be sure that if you purchase a deal that you actually use it within the specified period of time.
Groupon also features destination deals and discounts on products that you can search by categories.
Dealcatcher-This service identifies daily deals featured on lots of different major company websites. Although too many to list, a sampling of these retailers include Bed, Bath, & Beyond®, Cabela’s®, Crate & Barrel, Dell, GNC, Kohl’s, Lands’ End, Old Navy, and Toys R Us.
NewEgg–Most well-known for deals on computer hardware, software, and electronics, the company also offers specials on apparel, automotive, health, home, toys and more.
LivingSocial–Similar to Groupon with deals available locally and for vacation hotspots, as well as, for a range of products.
WOOT-Deals on product categories ranging from home, electronics, and computers to kids, sports, and tools & garden.
Zulily-New daily deals are posted each morning and most often are available for 3 days. Main product categories focus on clothing & shoes, (kids, men, and women), baby and maternity, toys, home, and beauty & wellness. Once an order is placed it may take several weeks for delivery since retailer sends to Zulily in bulk and then they ship. A big plus is that the styles are current and the website site has an easy to browse format.
Preparation and precautions are the keys to getting the most out of daily deal sites.
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