Year End shopping hacks: How to shop online like a pro

  • 8 months   ago
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In recent years the Year End online sales have become an essential part of Qatar's shopping calendar. With prices cut on gadgets, clothing and big-budget tech it is renowned as a fantastic opportunity to buy presents and household products at a lower price.

Now that the Year End sale has arrived, here are the tips and tricks to make sure you buy the best products for the best price.

Use cashback to amplify your deal

Cash back sites allow you to get money back on your purchases. Plenty of stores have their own cashback system.

Set up online accounts ahead of the big day

Get ready by signing up for online accounts with all the shops you might want to shop at. If you’re serious about bagging a bargain this Year End sale, store your details so you can get online fast without wasting precious time.

Use a credit, not debit, card to pay

The safest way to spend is by making use of your credit card to do your deals. This way, your bank will end up footing the bill — rather than you — if the transaction goes wrong.

Plus, if the products fail to arrive or aren’t as promised by the seller’s site, the card company has a liability and should refund you the money.

Grab an abandoned basket discount

A few retailers offer customers deals if they can see they have put items in their online shopping basket but not completed the purchase. This isn't guaranteed but it’s worth trying, especially if you're lukewarm about the item at the offered price.

Log in to the retailer’s website and and shop as normal. Then, instead of going through with the purchase, abandon your basket and close the window.

A few days later you might receive an email from the retailer enticing you back with money off your purchase.

Get stalking on social media

Make sure you’re following all the brands you might want to shop at come Year End sale on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat to hear about offers or further discounts. 

Use bookmarking to keep track

Organisation is everything on a shopping day as hectic as Year End Sale. If you're really invested in a purchase, chances are you will spend some time on the big day comparing prices across websites, reading reviews and checking email confirmations of purchases.

All web browsers have a “bookmark” function which you can later delete. There are also dedicated bookmarking services – such as Pinboard – that collate bookmarks across different browsers, connect Twitter accounts and, for a fee, have a host of other tools for the ultra-organised shopper.

Sign up to newsletters 

Some retailers will offer Year End Sale discounts and exclusive offers ahead of time to members or registered users. Signing up to newsletters and making an account with retailers could get you access to these deals ahead of other customers.

Bear in mind you might become inundated with emails as soon as you do; to avoid feeling overwhelmed you can set up a filter system for emails from certain accounts.