10 online shopping tricks for bargain hunting


The advantages of online shopping are obvious. Convenient, simple and fast. And the things online are usually cheaper too. But did you know that it can be done even cheaper? Here’s how:

Saving tip 1: Subscribe to the newsletter

Many online stores offer a discount as soon as you subscribe to their newsletter. This way you can save up to 20 percent on your first order after subscribing. And even after that, discount codes flutter into the mailbox of newsletter subscribers from time to time.

If you are afraid of a flood of spam messages, simply create a new e-mail address especially for such stories. In the mailbox you can then check before each new order whether you have received a new coupon code. This way you get all the discounts, but are spared from annoying advertising in everyday life.

Saving tip 2: Google coupons

Found the product you want and no discount coupon in your mailbox? Then just enter the name of your favorite store with the addition of “coupon” on Google and all discount promotions will be displayed. Internet sites like “Couponpony”, “Coupon collector” and “Sparwelt” offer an overview of which discount promotions are currently running in which online stores.

Here, too, it is worth comparing: there are usually several codes per store. With some you save only the shipping, others work only for accounts that have also subscribed to the newsletter, but often there’s also really fat percentages on the purchase. Even with already discounted products, the price can be pushed in this way additionally. A little research is always worthwhile.

Saving tip 3: Deactivate cookies and store in incognito mode

E-commerce algorithms adjust prices based on many factors. One of them is how often you have already looked at a product. It is often the case that dealers drive prices up when they realize there is serious buying interest. Savings Tip: Clear your cookies and switch your browser to incognito mode.

Savings tip 4: Take your time

Okay, okay, this is in contrast to the previous tip. But sometimes the exact opposite also helps: Don’t buy immediately! But leave the goods consciously still for a while in the shopping cart. Then a mail with the subject: “Exclusive discount for your purchase” will soon flutter into your mailbox. Because the webshop notices that you are interested, but still hesitating and will possibly try to lure you to buy. For this to work, however, you must be logged in with your store account.

How which store acts cannot be predicted – because the algorithms are constantly being adapted. But to avoid bad purchases, it’s smart to sleep on it anyway and think carefully about whether you really need the new part.

Saving tip 5: Follow your favorite stores

Don’t do it yet? Then it’s high time! Because many stores first inform their followers about new discount promotions. So quickly click through the Insta-Stories and the latest posts. Maybe there is a good deal on offer.

Savings tip 6: Give feedback

After placing an order, you often get an email with the subject “rate your purchase.” You always ignore? Sure, no one feels like doing that – unless you urgently want to criticize something. But sharing positive feedback is worth it! Because not infrequently one is rewarded following the satisfaction survey with a discount for the next purchase.

Saving tip 7: Clear off birthday gifts

The fact is: You should be careful with private data on the Internet. But if you subscribe to the newsletter anyway, then enter your date of birth directly (often only the day is asked)! Because many stores surprise their subscribers with exclusive birthday promotions: This can be a fat coupon, a small voucher for 5 to 10 euros or even a discount on an item that has been in your shopping cart for a long time and has not yet been ordered.

Savings tip 8: Don’t store with your cell phone

If you order new clothes on your phone while you’re on the subway, you often pay more than if you store on your desktop at home. Because on the cell phone often more expensive prices are indicated or the high prices are displayed higher up. The stores take advantage of the fact that it is difficult to compare several offers at a glance on the small display. This is how you miss out on good prices.

Savings tip 9: Watch prices

Are you of the opinion that tedious clicking through all stores is necessary to find the desired part at a reasonable price and in good quality? You can save yourself the effort! Special price comparison portals like “check24.de”, “idealo.de” or “guenstiger.de” do it for you. Simply enter the exact product name of your desired product in the search bar and the Internet services will compare the prices of all providers by themselves. If the best price is still too high, some price comparison sites allow you to set up an e-mail or SMS notification that sounds an alarm as soon as the price of a product falls below your limit.

Saving tip 10: Store at the right time

The day of the week and the time of day you click through the stores also play a role in pricing. There are studies to the effect that the best time to store is between 8 and 12 a.m. Shopping on the weekend is not only a pain in the ass in the crowded pedestrian zone, but also not recommended when shopping online. Saturday and Sunday the prices are the highest.

With our tricks and a little luck, you can save a lot of money when shopping online, so the yield makes you even happier, right?

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