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Guide to Bargain Online Shopping

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

The amount of money that consumers spend shopping online continues to grow exponentially each year, and there seems to be no slowdown in sight. Everybody loves a bargain, but few have the time and patience to travel from store to store seeking out the best prices. One of the many advantages of shopping online is that you can scout out similar products and find the most inexpensive prices. This holds true whether you’re shopping for fragrances, tools, pet supplies, auto parts, toys, jewelry, or virtually anything else you’re in the market for.

Unfortunately, though, it’s not always straightforward to do price comparisons. Although there are some sites that allow you to search for a product by price, the results are sometimes influenced by the money e-tailers pay to ensure that their online shopping sites are at or near the top of the results. In other words, you often aren’t given the least expensive items, but are instead given paid advertisements for the online stores that carry the product in which you’re interested.

Another way to comparison shop is to go directly to the sites of online retailers and search for the product you’d like, and then note the price that each offers. This process is inordinately cumbersome, in that you invariably have a half dozen browser windows open on your computer, and have to toggle among them to hone in on precisely the product you seek. At the end of your journey, you still might not arrive at the best available price, since you’ve only looked at the online stores of which you’re already aware.

The latest trend in bargain shopping is the online mall. Essentially, this is a site that offers tens of thousands of products in a wide variety of product categories. Whether you’re shopping for gifts or for pet supplies, an online shopping mall typically has what you need. Among the many advantages of an online shopping mall is that the best ones offer brand name products at near wholesale (or sometimes below wholesale) prices.

When an online shopping mall offers incredible bargains, it is often because the items they offer are dropshipped by the manufacturer or supplier. In other words, you receive the package directly from the supplier instead of from the online shopping mall. This means that the mall doesn’t have to keep inventory or incur cost-intensive overhead expenses. As a result, it can pass along the savings to you. Indeed, you can often find products that are discounted anywhere from ten to fifty percent off of the list prices.