Save more when shopping online

Here’s the deal- when you shop as much as I do, you have to do all you can to save money. Online shopping, many a times, is cheaper than shopping at the store. But if you could get a discount on that discounted price, I’m sure you would grab it before I could say “Stilettos”. So here are some tips for those of you who want more for less.

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  1. Get a cash-back credit card. There are some credit cards that offer a higher percentage of cash-back when you shop online. If you love shopping online, you should certainly get one of these.
  2. Use coupons. There are a number of websites that let you save a large amount of money when you’re shopping.
  3. It’s better for you to wait till you have enough items in your cart to qualify you for free shipping. If you do not want to wait, you can just buy some filler items. Filler items are objects that do not cost much but, still, are useful.
  4. If you are shopping brands, do not buy things from the official brand site. Other shopping websites that sell products from these brands would sell them for a different, and usually, cheaper price.

These are some of the simplest tricks you can use to save a tonne of money while shopping!

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Alibaba is not a scam- as long as you use it right

Alibaba has been one of my favourite online shops purely because of how ridiculously cheap it is. Sure- most of their items are knockoff Chinese products- but they are incredibly cheap, and surprisingly sturdy. There is a very high chance that you have heard lots of reports about how Alibaba is a scam. That is not entirely true, though.

Of course, there are a lot of merchants on Alibaba that are in it to scam people. However, there are many merchants who are legitimate and do not cheat. There are a fair few ways of finding out which merchants you should shop from and which ones you should avoid.

  1. Look for merchants who are gold suppliers with at least 2 or 3 years in the field. The gold status costs a few thousand pounds every year, so only legitimate merchants have the tag.banner1site
  2. Alibaba records and displays any substantiated complaint made against the merchant. You can avoid scammers by ensuring that you only shop from suppliers who have been complaint-free for the past 90 days.
  3. Check if the supplier has their own website- one that looks professional enough. You can also do Google searches to see if the company is legit (if the supplier has a registered profile on Global Sources or MadeinChina, you’re safe).

If the supplier clears all the three categories, you’re certainly good to go.