According to research done by SUM ALL, it found that November was the best month to shop online as early bargains and sales are offered by lots of big online retailers, and according to analysts, these prices can be better value than the January sales! Tuesday is also the best day to buy online if you want to bag a bargain,with Sunday the least likely to make any savings.
Buying online in November should give you plenty of time to receive your delivery. However, If you have started shopping in December please note the delivery times (especially for some international countries) as some deliveries in this busy period may take weeks. Check the latest delivery information on the site you are purchasing from. The cut-off point for Irish deliveries is around 16th of December, but for some countries your last date for purchase can be as early as December 10th, so make sure you get your orders in early.
Alway use your credit card when buying items online and never send cash or bank transfer/paypal. All reputable sites will take credit card transaction normally. Make sure your computer has up to date virus software and always logout of shopping sites when you have finished your purchases. Make sure your online shop has a geographical address, phone number, and use sites that you have used before or recommended by friends. Always check returns, delivery and cancellation policies.
Do not use the same password for every shopping site online and keep emails that show your receipt. Lastly, beware of follow up emails from alleged ‘customer services’ with issues that request you to resend credit card or bank details. Every online retailer has a system to deal with payments and will not email you asking to resend information through email. If in doubt, ring website’s advertised customer service number or email to make sure.
There are plenty of big names we all know including Amazon, Debenhams, and Smyths who all have easy and safe shopping online. However, big retailers often change prices around the Christmas period so check early and see if the prices are fluctuating for your product.
Plus, don't limit yourself to the big retailers. Check other smaller retail websites for same products. There are apps and browser extensions that can help you compare prices with all big retailers so you don’t get caught out paying too much. Lastly, when buying from big names don’t forget to include shipping costs!