Shopping online is still an urban phenomenon in India as internet connectivity penetration remains low in rural India and small towns where a major part of our population resides. However, e-commerce industry is already on a roll. In 2015, online transactions caped at staggering $23 Billion and are expected to increase five folds by 2020.
You can’t zip through all offline stores in your town, but online shopping aided by software magic entails such benefits. Buying products online can be much more convenient and more importantly, could help save significant amount of money. Here are some easy ways to find best price products and to save money with online shopping.
Deals and Coupons:
Most of the times we are in a hurry to check-out after zeroing down on a particular product, perhaps after a long, unforgiving neck-breaking search. Once, the selection process is over, we all want to make the payment in a jiffy to ensure product doesn’t get sold-out or simply in a hurry to get on with our busy lives (online stores also have fast forward option these days). However, in this hurry, most of us fail to take into account a small box where we are supposed to enter coupon codes.
Never underestimate the power of freebies online start-ups are throwing, taking advantage of venture capital funds, just to gain an edge over the competition. The amount I save from coupons on Pre-paid recharges alone is enough to take care of my monthly 4G data pack.
There are a number of portals which share coupon details with their followers. Smartprix is one of the leading deals and coupon disseminator. You can download Smartprix App or visit our deals page, where deals are neatly organized and categorized under various banners. You can also click on specific store labels to know all current deals and coupons they are offering. Furthermore, the app also sends push notification in a timely manner to its users so you doesn’t miss out on any opportunity to save money.
Compare and Save:
Today, almost every product is listed on a number of e-commerce and m-commerce stores. It is difficult for a person to personally visit each e-store or online shopping site to find out the best online price for a particular product.
Once again, Smartprix comes to rescue and prevents you from overpaying. For your better understanding, suppose, you want to buy an iPhone 6s by paying the least possible price. What will you do? Confused right? Just open Smartprix comparison website or android app. Tap on the search bar. Enter iPhone 6s. and Voila! You will find a list of e-tailers who currently have iPhone 6s in stock and the price they are offering it at. With a simple search you save thousands of Rupees. The idea is to compare before you buy.
Refer & Earn:
Sometimes your friends on Twitter and Facebook can help you save some bucks. Various online service providers, e-commerce and m-commerce sites run refer and earn campaign to add new users to their portal.
Via these refer and earn campaign, companies allot a reference code to each individual which can be shared on various social media platforms. Once you share your reference code online and some of your friends uses it, you both will receive promised benefits.
At any point of time, you can always find one such deal on online Wallets. So next time you are going to watch a movie, just refer a friend, pay through the new portal and earn handsome discounts.
Introductory and Loyalty programs:
Nowadays a new trend has emerged in the market. To lure buyers companies get into some sort of pre-launch tie-ups to bundle offers and other goodies at the time of new products launch. Users can certainly take advantage of these offers.
Also, most of the sites these days run loyalty programs for their regular users. In these loyalty programs, companies award some sort of points on each spending on their store which can be redeemed for money as per their terms and conditions. These loyalty programs are something you shouldn’t ignore if you know you will be revisiting the store frequently.
Bank offers and Seasonal sales:
All of these ‘hot’ online start-ups have a marketing budget reserved for distributing such benefits, coupons and freebies. From their perspective, the best time to roll out these deals is during the festival seasons (For instance, there is a mad frenzy to attract online shoppers this Valentine’s week).
We often notice a brief dry spell for deals and offers just before the festival season kicks in, and this is precisely when you are advised to hold your horses.
During these festival sales, you should also lookout for bank cashback offers. Banks promoting use of their debit and credit cards have the same working ideology. They tie-ups with various brands or e-commerce portals to offer a discount (generally between 5 to 40 percent) which can be claimed by the bank customers.
In a bid to overshadow their competitors, all online stores are regularly pushing discounts and deals. Flipkart even suffered a loss to the tune of 2000 crores last quarter trying to lure in customers in order to stay ahead of Snapdeal and Amazon. Its time you take advantage and benefit from this great online tussle.