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Getting the Best Deals Online

Online shopping has grown exponentially over the last few years and is quickly becoming the norm in many households. Women now account for over 50% of online sales and customer demographics are starting to closely match traditional offline sales. With this sudden increase in online shopping, it is becomingly increasingly difficult to find the best deals. The following tips should help you wade through the clutter and start saving hundreds on your online purchases.

Price Comparison Sites

To address the need for online shoppers to easily find the best deals, price comparison sites began making their appearance. These sites allow online shoppers to easily compare prices across a large number of stores. This is a great start to finding the best deals but, be aware that these sites don't offer a comprehensive list of all available stores and in some cases only display stores that have paid for inclusion. Depending on the source of their data, it is also possible for prices to be out of date. However, as long as you are aware of these shortcomings, Price Comparison sites can be an invaluable resource.

Google was slow to get into this game but, Froogle, Google's version of a Price Comparison site has become an industry leader. Other sites worth visiting are PriceGrabber.com, BizRate.com, and Shopzilla.com.

Online Coupons

We are all aware of those coupons that we cut out of the local paper and take in to the grocery store for further savings. This tradition now applies to online purchases as well. Usually, these discounts are a little more difficult to find but, many coupon sites have cropped up dedicated to this activity. These sites receive the newest coupons and promotions directly from the stores and then pass these on to their customers. A quick search of coupon sites such as www.anycoupons.net can save you hundreds.

Go Direct

While shopping around for bargains, don't forget to go direct to the supplier. Sometimes you'll find 1 day sales or, recent price reductions not found anywhere else. This also provides you with the opportunity to contact the sales staff directly to request any further discounts that they may be willing to offer you.

Tis' the Season for Shopping

Just like shopping offline, seasonality can have a dramatic effect on prices. If you are not in a rush for the item you're looking for, consider postponing that purchase and waiting for it to go on sale. For many online stores, Christmas is the big online buying season. This can mean huge reductions by pre-ordering before this shopping frenzy as stores fight for their share of online sales. Other stores may offer large annual sales during major inventory changes. One example of this are the huge sales offered by Fredericks of Hollywood and the Gap when they shift from their Summer clothing line to Fall.

As the Internet continues to evolve, online shopping will continue to grow. And, with the huge selection and great prices to be found, it's no wonder that this is one of the most popular online activities.

Enjoy your shopping,

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