| Hi Taylor
- If I'm trying to find the best deals, is there a strategic way to
compare prices? I feel like every time I try to compare products online,
I end up wasting five hours trying to figure out if I'm looking at
the same product. Am I just bad at this? - Lorena
Hi Lorena - You're not bad at it - the internet is. The good
ol' web is full of vendors who either want to trick people on purpose
or don't know what they're doing, and it makes price comparing tougher
than it should be. I've got a few different tactics that seem to work
for me, and hopefully one of them will work for you.
Go to the physical store first. When you start online, you fall
down that rabbit hole and feel defeated before you really get started.
Going to an actual store, whether it's a big chain or a local grocer,
can help you in a few ways. First, you can look at the product,
see the actual name and get a solid idea of what it looks like.
That should clear up some of the confusion when you return to the
internet and have to deal with small pictures and vague descriptions.
In general, products in physical stores cost more than online, but
it's worth investigating when you're out and about.
2. Look at eBay and Amazon. Since these two digital powerhouses
include numerous vendors selling the same products, you can get
a good idea of what the median cost could be for new and used products.
You might not get the best prices or the exact option you're looking
for, but these sites offer an excellent opportunity to see what's
available, in what condition and for how much. And, if you're looking
for something that comes in a variety of styles, these markets are
the best place to get a good deal on the versions that are underperforming.
I don't think you can get all your price comparing done on eBay,
but if you check out a company website and then see what ordinary
people are reselling products for, you can glean some good info.
3. Use the phone. I give up on internet research all the time.
It's frustrating and unclear, and it eventually feels like you're
just going around in circles. Fortunately, while companies hope
you'll get everything taken care of online, they still have customer
service reps available to help. If you aren't sure about a price,
pick up the phone. You'll deal with some hold music and long menus,
but you can eventually talk to a real human who's there to assist.
Many service reps have the power to hand out special deals, so you
might be rewarded for your efforts.
| Price comparisons
will drive you crazy if you don't have a plan, so choose a strategy
and hopefully you'll find a bargain. Good luck, Lorena!
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November 30, 2018
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