Showing posts with label Online shopping tips. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Online shopping tips. Show all posts

December 26, 2007

After Christmas Sale

After Christmas sale is currently going on! Usually, it starts on December 26, a day after Christmas Day! Most christmas decors and gift items are all marked down heavily, mostly around 35 to 50 percent off the suggested retail price of the item. Why most stores drop down their prices of seasonal and holiday items? Because most of these items are seasonal and they dont want to wait for another year to sell them, they dont want to complicate their inventory records that would mean more confusing lists to keep track of their products which will also complicate their accounting record for filing taxes too. And most of all, unsold seasonal items that dont sell will definitely need storage and warehouse areas, which is more likely mean an added cost for most business because aside from their needs of storage for regular items, they would also be needing additional storage for all seasonal items, if they wont sell or get rid of them. Most stores would rather get rid of occassional inventories by marking them down big time, so that they can get rid of them easily and fast, and eliminate the hassle of recording, storing anymore.

So if you have extra cash you can spend after Christmas, and want to buy early decorations for next year, and have room to store items for next holiday, after Christmas sale is a great time to buy, without spending a fortune! You can save tons of money, and a lot of times these same items will be high in price again as soon as the next holiday is coming near nest time. So checkout your favorite stores these days for awesome deals of seasonal items.

December 5, 2007

Deciding Gifts For The Holidays

Gift giving is definitely part of the Christmas holiday celebration and tradition, one of the many activity that a lot of people are looking forward to. As early as November up to the 23rd of December, most people are busy thinking what they can give to their love ones for the holidays. There are so many gift choices, it is hard to pinpoint which one you think your love one would really want, or wished to receive! Most, if not all of us, are not born with the capability to read peoples minds, so its hard to know what other people are thinking, even your love ones. The main goal of gift giving is to give a gift that they would really be happy to get, not something that you think you like to give. If you are having this delimna, here are some tips to help you decide which gifts to give this holiday:

In the past previous months, during your trips to the stores, did you ever heared your love ones dropping some hints to you like saying that she/he really like that item, or wishing to have that particular item? If so, then there you go, that is a great help to let you know what she/he really wants, your love one probably wished that you heared her/him that day! Can you imagine her/him unwrapping a gift with that item, she/he will probably be very grateful that you remember the hints, or listened to what she/he was saying during those store trips! If you are getting all these hints, you are lucky, saving you a lot of headache already.

If you have a hard time deciding which one to buy for your love ones, a Gift Certificate of her/his favorite store is also a great idea. If you spend time together shopping, you probably know which store she/he dont ever want to miss to go everytime you go to town or the malls with hijm/her. So which gift certificate to give will vary on what store she/he really likes to go often during regular days. By giving her/him a gift certificate, your love one can buy the item that she/he really want! For instance, you dont really want to buy your husband a nail gun when he already have one, right? But you are not sure if he could really use a sander or not, but if he is a handy type of guy, he can definitely use a gift certificate from home improvement stores where he can buy what he really like to add to his tools. And for the guys who is thinking of gift for the ladies, you heard her say handbag one time, but which handbag, you dont know, and most ladies are very particular about design and style, so if you are not sure which particular style, you can choose to give gift certificate or cash too.

For a lot of people giving cash does not always feel very personal or romantic. Sometimes, it feels so unintimate to hand cash for special occassions like Christmas holidays. But to minimize the impersonal appeal of cash giving, you can present it in a nicer and creative way. Like buying a holiday card that you can write a special message and short note that you are giving cash so he/she can get what she/he really wants. You can put cash in specially made ornaments for cash givings, or you can place cash in a decorative gift box and wrapped it with nice wrapping paper and ribbon. No matter how you present it, it would be more meaningful if you include a special message together with the cash.

Or wrap her/him a gift you think your love one will like. Just go with your instinct and buy things that you believe she/he will like or can use. At this time of year, most stores have pre-packed gift packs that are pack-ready for gift giving. If you want more fancy gifts, pretend to be on your love ones shoe, imagine her/his reaction might be if you give her/him this or give her/him that. You probably spent enough time with your love ones to know about her/his favorites, what colors she/he likes, what brands he/she adores, what styles he/she wears. Knowing all of these, or some of these will definitely give you an idea which item might have the best possibility that she/he will like and get excited to receive.

Gift giving is anyones delima this time of year, it is mostly challenging but fun, but the ultimate goal is giving the one thing that will put a smile in your love ones face the moment he/she opened your gift. When that smile will come the moment she/he open her/his gifts, then you know for sure that you are doing your research, or took an effort to know what makes her/him happy. Good luck.

Written by JAZEVOX. All Rights Reserved.

November 19, 2007

Black Friday Is Coming Up

Are you ready for Black Friday 2007? Few more days to count and its Black Friday again! For all bargain hunters here in the US, Black Friday is such an exciting time, finding great deals everywhere you go.

For all those who are not familiar, Black Friday is a shopping spree, sale day for most retailers here in the US, both brick-and-mortar stores and online stores. Black Friday happens every year, a day after Thanksgiving Day. A day after Thanksgiving used to be a red-zone for many retailers, no sales because most people just stay at home from the busy holiday prior, and caused sales to drop in most stores. To solve the accounting records of most retailers, Black Friday was born. Most stores in the US participates in the Black Friday event, to entice people to get up and to shop that day, by giving them super deals on products. Most prices are so low, its so hard to say no. And because of the really nice deals that people are getting everywhere, its no wonder why Black Friday becomes such a hit, and became a popular shopping tradition for most family here in the US. For many bargain hunters and wise consumers, Black Friday creates exciting opportunity for them to buy items at very low prices that are usually sold lower than normal during Black Friday only.

If you are planning to participate in Black Friday this year, its coming up! Happy shopping and have fun!

November 9, 2007

Worry-free way to pay online

You found something online that you just have to buy! But you are concern about your online safety and paying securely for your purchases.

Aside from the traditional and longer process of using Personal Checks and/or Money Order payments that some online stores accept, there are ways to pay fast and secure using reliable payment service where you can safely pay for your online purchases.

One of the most widely used payment system nowadays is Paypal. Most online stores accept Paypal because of the millions of Paypal users available and one of the reason why so many people use Paypal payments as their prefered way to make payment is because of the international reputation of reliable service for secure payments and online safety. If you pay for your online purchases using Paypal, you dont have to worry simply because you are not sharing your financial information with every online store that you are buying from, and you will have peace of mind knowing that your financial information is not shared.

So if you are worry about your security when you shop online, look for stores that accept Paypal payments, and you dont have to worry about sharing your financial information at all.

November 1, 2007

Organize and share your styles

Have you ever experience browsing too many different online stores, checking out different products, and bookmarking such pages to your favorites so that you will be able to return to these sites next time? But then it is quite hard to remember which site you visited had what product, not to mentioned staring at an endless list of text listings in your favorites...If you have this deliemma, I think you will really like Stylefeeder, a site for easy remembering of items from different sites you visited, you can even save the product photos as well. At first, it may sound quite complicated to use but once you started using it, it is very helpful and will make online shopping a breeze. To get started with Stylefeeder, the site will give you a link to setup their program, and have the Stylefeeder button accessible in your internet browser, so that when you visit different sites, and like what you see, saving that item in the Stylefeeder is as easy as clicking the Stylefeeder button and the item will be recorded to your Stylefeeder account. So the next time you want to check that item again, just go to your Stylefeeder account, where you will see all your saved products that you found from different sites. I personally think Stylefeeder is a very useful site for online shoppers that loves to hop a lot from one site to the next but want to streamline everything in one place and be more organized. I use and have my own Stylefeeder account as well, you can check my styles, and cool things i found online at my Stylefeeder.

Note: This post was originally posted in my ClickingMOUSE blog and is reposted here due to topic relevance

October 25, 2007

Winning eBay Auctions

There is nothing as frustrating as wanting so badly something you found on eBay, bidding on it, and found out that you lost the auction. Based on my eBay experience as a buyer or bidder, here are some of my tricks to make sure I have bigger chances of winning the item I want:
Bid on an item and then also place your maximum bid, so that eBay program will automatically increment your bid for you if someone else is bidding on the same item. Mostly bidders set their maximum bid according to how much maximum price you are willing to pay for the item.

Turn on your outbid message alert in your MyeBay preferences. Bid on the item that you want the moment you see it, and if other eBayers will bid on the same item, eBay program will automatically notify you by your eBay email address that you been outbid, that way, you can place another bid.

Sign-in to messenger alert that is incorporated with eBay website, so that you will be notified by eBay thru your messenger if you been outbid or not.

Some auctions are listed as dutch auctions, where the seller have several similar items available and the seller is listing them as one single auction with multiple availability. Example of a dutch auction is a seller list an auction as dutch with 10 pieces available, if you bid on such auction listing, you will have 10 chances of getting a winning bid because all top 10 bidders of such auction listing will ended up winning one (1) piece of item.

Turn on your second chance offer setting in MyeBay preferences, so that if all tips above fails and you still didnt win the auction and you have decent maximum bid, the seller will possibly offer you a second chance offer if they have the extra available items. A second chance offer is an optional way provided by ebay that a seller can choose to offer to those who bid the item but didnt win. Second Chance offer price will be based on your maximum bid of the item you didnt win. Seller have the choice who she/he want to offer the second chance among the non-winning bidders, your chances to get this offer is bigger if you have decent maximum bid.

Good luck on your treasure hunting on eBay!

DISCLAIMER: Jazevox, the author of this article, is not affiliated with eBay in anyway, this article is based on my opinion and experience related to the topic.

Written By: JAZEVOX

October 19, 2007

Avoid getting ripped off online

One of the most popular and widely used marketplace online is eBay, utilized by millions of people internationally. Unfortunately, where there are huge number of people in one place, there are also bigger chances of encountering with scammers. There many different stories of people who got ripped off by other members on eBay either as a buyer or as a seller. But there are ways to minimize your chances of being victimized by these scammers.

Here are some tips you might want to try:

Always check member feedback. Ebay provides feedback system as an aide to help tell the reputation of each eBay member. More positive feedbacks given by more fellow members means that such member have history of great, pleasant transactions with other members and is more likely the right eBayer that you want to buy from or sell to. Negative feedbacks says it all, negative, take it as a warning for you. More negative means more warnings for you. If an eBay member have zero feedback, be more guarded and cautious as well.

Too good to be true. Some deals might be too nice to believe. Trust your instinct. Most reliable eBay sellers are not selling on eBay because they feel like they need to give away like a Santa Claus. One way or another, many people try to make some bucks as supplementray income for their family. So if you feel like you are getting such a deal, too good to be true deals, ask the question why? If an item is worth $100 in stores, and you are getting the product for $5, do you think its for real? Do you think the seller will be reliable, worth dealing with?

If in doubt, ask! If seller provides any unclear description, unclear photos, ask seller for clarifications or verifications. That way you will not be assuming and guessing. If you are buying used item, ask seller if there are any flaws or damages to the item, specially if the description seems short and sound shady and incomplete. Conditions that says excellent, great, good, fair, mint tell you something about the actual condition in general about the product, not specifics. So if specific description is not indicated like why is it fair not excellent? Ask the seller before you bid or buy.

For eBay sellers, its always a great idea to require clearing period for any Money Order or Personal Check payments prior to shipment of any orders to make sure that such payment is not fake check or not be cancelled. Since such process will affect the delivery time, make sure that you mentioned the clearing period in your descriptions, specify days like 8-10 work days.

For eBay sellers, having a confirmation or tracking number for any items being shipped will basically tell the seller if the buyer received the item or not. Its also always good to know if the packages are successfully shipped that way.

If you are receiving emails from eBay, make sure that it really originated from eBay site. If you are not sure, you can also login to eBay site directly and use the MyEbay > Messages instead, where all real eBay messages are also sent.

So if you follow some of the tips mentioned above, you minimized your chances of being a scam victim. Remember, its always good to trust your gut feeling, be cautious and be observant.

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Written by JAZEVOX. All Rights Reserved.
DISCLAIMER: The author is not affiliated with eBay in anyway, this article is solely based on personal experience and opinion.

October 18, 2007

Shopping clothes online that fits

With the conveniece of online shopping and finding better deals of clothes online compare to the ones sold in botiques and brick-and-mortar shops, more and more people are shopping online for clothes. But there is nothing as frustrating as buying clothes online and only to realize that the clothes you bought will not fit you! But dont despair, there are some things you can do to avoid this unfortunate event and make your online shopping more pleasant and fun!

Below are some tips that will help you buy the right clothes online that fits:

KNOW YOUR SIZE. When you buy clothes online, you really cannot grab the clothes from the monitor and go to the dressing room to check for fit. But if you know your sizes like bust, hips, waistline, shoulders, etc, you are surely armed with a better chance of getting the right clothes that will fit you because online clothing store will usually provide size chart related to the clothes that the store is selling.

GIRLS, JUNIORS, MISSES SIZES. By just staring at the photos, sometimes you cannot really tell if the clothing is meant for girls, juniors, or misses. So if you familiarize yourself with the different sizing, you will have a better chance of getting the right size that will fit you. Just like in the department store, there is a kid section, there is the teenager section, and there is the women section of clothing. Most clothes listed as Girls Size are intended for young girls. Most clothes listed as Junior Size are intended for teenagers and young adults, and most of these clothes are more body-forming and body-fitting. On the other hard, Misses Sizes are intended for adults and young adults and usually have loose cut and more roomy feel. The trick is, you just have to know your body sizes and compare your size to the store size chart. If you want loose feel of clothings, then consider bigger measurements than your actual body size, or go one size higher.

ITEM DESCRIPTIONS and PHOTOS. Always read the listing description of each clothing. Each product is unique, made of different fabric, cut in different style. By reading the item description, you are learning more about the item itself, described by the person who actually saw the product in actual. And if there are no photos or description provided, ask the seller first prior to purchase regarding the condition and sizing of the product so that you know what to expect.

Like everything else, shopping clothes online can be learned and be good at it.


Written by JAZEVOX. All Rights Reserved.

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