Online bargains #thrifty
Finding online bargains is fairly easy, just search using Google or go straight to eBay and see if they have what you want. You can find all sorts of bargains but you have to be careful, particularly with private sellers.
I did a search this morning for some bunting for our picnic in the park. The free delivery will be a little bit slow but will arrive in plenty of time. There are different designs and quality but I’m quite familiar with polyester bunting and so I’m fairly safe. The company looks well established too.
I like Amazon and there are bargains to be found on there. Returns are usually free, but I did have to return some shoes and lost out on the postage. Buying clothes and shoes online
There numerous sellers selling directly from Hong Kong. Try to choose ones that have an address on their website. I did buy my camera direct from Hong Kong and all my lenses without any problems. They were quite expensive items and so I paid with my credit card for the added protection on purchases over £100. Some goods advertised on eBay and some on Amazon come from Hong Kong and China and so check the delivery times before you order. Hong Kong is fairly quick, but items from China can take a few weeks. Remember the people working for these companies have Mandarin as their first language not English and so make any communication with them is very clear. Try to avoid slang and metaphors and always be polite.
Online retailers often encourage customers to review products so before making an expensive purchase, read the reviews and see what other customers think.
Customer service varies, eBay seem to be much better than they used to be. Amazon tends to be very good, but follow their procedures. I did an online query when Nikon wouldn’t give me £30 cash-back. Amazon called me and after a discussion they agreed to refund the £30. I also bought a faulty memory card and Amazon didn’t even ask me to return it they just gave me the refund.
Click and collect
Some stores allow you to click and collect at one of their stores. Matalan allows you to order online and then collect at the store. You should get a Matalan card by asking for a form in-store. That will give you 10% discount at certain times and then if you spend over £100 in a year they give you a black card which will give you periodic discounts of 20% off your online bargains. The last discount period was over the Bank Holiday period, which is annoying because it adds to traffic congestion where I live. When Ikea, Halfords and Matalan all do customer incentives at the same time, junction 9 of the M6 can descend into chaos. That is not just bad customer service; that is stupid customer service. Who wants to sit in their car on a Bank Holiday at junction 9, in traffic, just to get a few quid off a pair of chinos at Matalan or a chintz table lamp at Ikea? I have a new slogan for Ikea. Ikea, the store with no idea…
Not only can you find online bargains, but you avoid all that congestion on the roads. Online shopping is also much safer than driving on the M6 motorway.
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