In the world of technology driven human force, no one can deny the growing influence of online shopping. You can get the products you want delivered to your doorstep without even stepping out. We are also free from the hassles of closed stores, non-availability of the product and higher price. We can purchase almost everything online through the various e-commerce sites by paying with the debit/credit card or even cash on delivery. On going through this process, we don’t tend to spend much time thinking about the idea of ‘savings’. Hence, I would like to share with you guys some of the tips and tricks to save money when shopping online in India.
1. Product samples
Nowadays, companies like P&G (Procter and Gamble) and HUL (Hindustan Unilever Limited) have their own corresponding sites to giveaway samples for free and exclusive rewards to its members. It includes shampoos, toothpaste, soaps, other beauty and fitness related products. It is easy to get these samples for free, all you have to do is:-
a) Log onto rewardme.in (P&G initiative) and then register your details with the address where you want the samples to be delivered.
b) Then verify your email id.
c) Select the samples to add it into the basket and checkout.
The samples will be delivered to you in 3 weeks for free. The process can also be repeated with different email ids and mobile numbers, if you require some more samples. Currently smartpick.co.in (HUL initiative) is under maintenance. This whole idea is just like the old times, where in a salesman used to visit door to door and give free samples also demonstration of the product and persuade us to buy that commodity. But these companies look to ensure in bringing new customer experiences by giving free samples and creating a taste for their products.
2. Comparison Shopping
The site through which you usually shop may quote a higher price for a product, wherein the same product will be offered at a cheaper price in another site if a comparison is made. When you search the product name on Google, you will find different shopping sites where you can buy the product from. There are also many websites available which compares the price of an item on different online shopping websites. A few of the popular price comparison sites are pricedekho.com, mysmartprice.com and compareraja.in. These sites will help you identify the best price for the product you intend to buy.
3. Coupon/Promo codes
During the checkout process before the payment, all shopping sites will ask for a Promo Code or Coupon codes. As we don’t have any such codes, we usually make the payments directly. But there are many such sites which collects and updates such promo codes of ebay, flipkart, snapdeal etc. Some of the popular coupon sites are cuponation.in, cashkaro.com, couponchaska.com. All you have to do is copy the code from the site and paste it in the given box as shown in the picture below and avail discounts.
4. Cash-back and Bank Offers
Many banks collaborate with various online shopping sites to give cashback offers to its beloved customers. During the time of shopping, you can check out the promotional offers on the webpage. The cashback offers are for a specific period of time. The percentage of cashback usually ranges from 5 to 25%. During the time of purchase, the payment option must be selected as a debit/credit card or even net banking. When the purchase is made, the bank will credit the buyer’s bank account with the agreed percentage of cash-back in three months. It is compulsory to buy the product from the cashback offering bank account. For instance:- SBI launches an offer of 10% cashback for a purchase made by debit card or credit card more than Rs.4,000 in flipkart and you buy a tablet for Rs.10,000 with your SBI debit card then in 3 months you will receive a cashback of Rs.1,000 in your SBI account.
Many wallets like Paytm and Mobikwik have initiated with their own payment gateways for shopping online. You can recharge your Paytm or Mobikwik account by simply entering the recharge amount and then use it for payments through sites like flipkart.com, snapdeal.com, and amazon.in. By making payments from the wallet you will receive cashback to your wallet and can use it for any other purchase or even recharge or pay your mobile bills.
When you add a product to your cart and then checkout, there are two options available to confirm your purchase. Those two are Cash on Delivery (COD) or payment through debit/credit card. When you choose the first option then you shouldn’t have to pay in advance but can make the payment when you receive the product whereas when you pay it online through your debit or credit card then you will not only get the product but will also be entitled to receive a discount for pre-payment. Online apparels store like Yepme.com and Zovi.com have the pre-payment offers which can be availed by checking out with your card.
Reference gets a new customer to the company and so it rewards its members for each referral. It’s very easy and socially active in the teens just like the rise of OLA cabs we have seen these days. The offer of referring a person and earning Rs.200 when the referred person takes the first ride has received everyone’s attention. People have registered themselves and referred as many friends as they can to get free rides. Referral can earn many other discounts and offers in case of shopping sites.
8. Smart Shopping
Shopping in a smart way ensures more savings and amazing deals to customers. A person can smartly save by waiting for a sale to cash in, at the time of festivals and special occasions. All you have to do is postpone or procrastinate your purchase to that time of sale, when you get high discounts and offers. There are also the big online offers like the Flipkart Big Billon Day Sale, Snapdeal savings day and the Great online shopping festival (GOSF).
9. Set Price Alerts
You can subscribe for newsletters and use the price tracker to know when the prices of the item drop. Just put the entire item that you wish to buy in Google spreadsheet and the tracker will monitor the prices for you and will send a notification when there is a fall in the price. Click here for more info.
10. Watch out for Deals on Social Media
Most online shopping brands in India are active on Twitter and some of them regularly post offers and deals on to their pages. It may thus be a good idea to like /follow your favorite retailers on the Facebook and Twitter so you’ll stay in the loop.
Popular A-Z shopping sites like Flipkart.com, Amazon.in, Snapdeal.com, eBay.in and Infibeam.com have dedicated pages where they list ongoing offers – also you may want to monitor these pages or put them in your browser bookmarks.
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