Cheap Online Shopping: The Top 10 Sites for Finding Discounts Online

Shopping online can be significantly cheaper than heading downtown towards your local mall, outlet, Best Buy, Walmart and so forth. The overabundance of competition at the entire world’s fingertips forces suppliers to break down and get rid of their items for a bargain that bests its competitors’ prices. Shopping on the web may also be tax free for a variety of online shops. Thanks to the likes of eBay, many retailers may even specialize in refurbishing products and selling them for far below the out-of-box price. However, surfing the web simply to find which store can sell an LED Television for $20 less can be time consuming. Customers also tend to worry about having their credit card information stolen. Therefore, I have compiled a list of the top 10 places to buy cheap electronics online. The websites making this list are based on reputation, security, inventory, shipping speed, and of course price.

1. eBay – eBay is the mecca of purchasing cheap electronics online. Customers can find literally anything here, be it new, refurbished, used, broken, etc. Thanks to the Buy It Now feature users no longer need to consume their time getting into bidding wars. eBay’s partnership with PayPal allows customers to shop with confidence. Despite its reputation eBay cannot control how long their suppliers take to ship items, whether the items are in the condition described, or if the seller is an outright scam artist. PayPal does a great job protecting consumers from these types of incidents; however they can still cause headaches, and potentially a loss of funds.

2. Cheap Electronics Depot – CheapElectronicsDepot.com features the lowest prices online by a landslide. Their product selection may be low (less than 100 items) however the items sold are in very high demand. iPod’s, HDTV’s, MacBooks, Video Games consoles, and more are all sold for up to 99% off retail. Bargain hunters looking to go the extra mile for an incredible deal enjoy shopping at Cheap Electronics Depot. The catch here is all items are sold via a “bidding fee auction.” Meaning users must pay a small fee (usually 60 cents) each time they place a bid. The price increases by 1 penny with each bid. Most items tend to sell for about $50. Therefore placing 100 bids on a one thousand dollar HDTV is equivalent to purchasing it for $90. Cons are, the site design leaves something to be desired, and you may end up paying for bids without winning the product.

3. Ioffer – Ioffer is a clever site that is a slight variation on eBay. Rather than the seller setting a price, the customer makes an offer to the seller. The seller may accept, decline, or make a counter offer. I have realized that if you search around enough and make enough offers, you can get some amazing deals on here. A lot of sellers may be eager to get rid of their product; therefore they are quick to accept a low offer. However, the site can become frustrating when sellers decline very reasonable offers. The product selection is very vast, and users should be able to find any electronics they like on here.

4. Best Buy – Before you jump all over me for putting a retail chain on here as an online store, please hear me out. BestBuy.com offers products online from their Outlet Center that cannot be purchased in the store. Don’t think the 7th Generation iPod is much different from the 6th generation? Head on over to Best Buy online store and check to see if they have any refurbished 6th generation iPods at the outlet center. The price is much cheaper, and since you are dealing with such a refutable seller, you can shop with confidence. The shipping costs are high, taxes must be paid, and the outlet center may not always have what you need. This is still a very worth place to find cheap electronics online.

5. NewEgg – I don’t know how they do it, but NewEgg features some very solid deals on High Def televisions, digital cameras, and most of all computer parts. Tech savvy bargain hunters could practically put together an entire desktop from parts they purchased for NewEgg. All for less than $300. Less technologically inclined users may not be able to find such deals, however the prices on electronics here are definitely not something to snub one’s nose at.

6. Wal-Mart – Walmart.com… Not much to say here. While not everyone may agree with their labor policies, or corporate practices, there is no denying the Wal-Mart continues to find ways to push out products for prices few can match.

7. Craigslist – Without a doubt, Craigslist features some of the best prices on electronics. Plus users get to avoid the whole shipping process, tax, credit card entered online, etc. It is also great to see the product in person before purchasing. Craigslist slips because if one lives in a rural region of the country, very few ads are available and finding what you need may be difficult. Secondly, Craigslist is prone to a variety of scams. Most importantly, Craigslist is not always entirely safe. Visit a stranger’s house at your own risk, and cut down your risk by bringing someone with you.

8. HHGreg – Like NewEgg, HHGreg features some good deals. While their prices cannot compete with the likes of an eBay or Cheap Electronics Depot, their products are always top notch, and you know you are dealing with a trustworthy seller who can come through should the product fail to work.

9. Amazon – Most of you would have Amazon ranked higher on this list. I mean after all, they have a great reputation and sell basically any product imaginable. Well the factor I weighted most when creating this list was price. And Amazon is very hit or miss with its deals. I may be able to look up an off brand Television and find it for about $100 less than what it may cost directly from the retailer. However, there are other products that only seem to sell for exactly the same price in the store (sometimes more). Amazon is still a great website to give a try. You never know if you may find a deal on what you are looking for.

10. Target – Target is the rich man’s version of Wal-Mart. I’m sure everyone is well versed on Target and understands that the slightly better reputation over Wal-Mart means slightly higher prices.

Online Shopping For Computers & Electronics Gadgets

Searching for that perfect computer and its accessories can be about as much fun as purchasing a new car but also frustrating when you’re sorting through the various brands trying to decide which “bells and whistles” best fit your needs. I would like to talk about purchasing a computer or other such electronic gadgets. Why? After you read this article you can make a very smart choice finding the best deals online for the electronics or computers that you are looking for. One of the big advantages of online shopping is the benefit of availing great prices; cash back rebates, online coupons, promo codes, and exclusive offers make for a lot of savings by way of deep discounts. On some sites you can save up to 50% or more on select items. Depending on where you shop online, you may even find huge discounts on shipping and delivery. Usually, men in particular are not excited about having to go out in search of things. Online deal hunting is a great idea because it takes a fraction of the time so that they can get back to more important things, and you get your item delivered straight home. Shopping online for electronic gadgets can be done anywhere there’s a computer with an Internet connection. Most handy online stores run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so that you don’t have to worry about operating hours like in traditional brick and mortar stores. You can pay for items bought online with credit cards, debit cards, charge cards and other secure methods like PayPal that make online shopping so much safer than carrying cash around these days.

I plan to also include a bit of information about how important it is to shop around for the best deals and just a few tips that I use on a daily basis to find great deals and prices on electronic items. In this article we are going to focus on online purchases followed with information on purchasing through an online retail store.

First thing I will mention are the Top online stores with the best reputation and business ethics and they will get a mini review to help you find what electronic and computer items you are after.

1. TigerDirect: – TigerDirect, to me, should definitely be your first stop if you’re after daily/weekly deals with great discounts. They offer free shipping on a lot of items and also have some of the most active members giving reviews on new products to help you make a choice. They offer an exciting range of electronic items right from computers, iPod, Laptop, Video games, computer accessories etc. Above all, you can avail of extra discount coupons and cash back rebates when you shop online through these stores.

2. CompUSA: – CompUSA is right up there with TigerDirect.com. They too have electronics and computer items of all the types ranging from lower to higher brands. They help you customize your online purchases and also have good deals and discounts. I would highly recommend checking and comparing prices with TigerDirect as they are usually very close but sometimes you can spot a better bargain easily.

Now that you know where to look for online deals, we need a basic strategy to actually find the deals, online coupons, and promo codes for these online stores. We have 2 companies that offer all kinds of the most popular branded electronics at great bargain prices daily. The best practice when buying an online electronic item is simply to write down what you’re looking for and what you’re willing to pay for it. This simple step will save you a lot of time and headaches.

I hope this has been a helpful article and good luck finding computers, laptops, video games, iPods and other electronic items and accessories of your choice for yourself and your loved ones.

Online Shopping a Common Scenario

Online Shopping

I will never, ever buy anything over the Internet! Have you ever said this? I have heard this statement from a number of people. The first question I ask them is; Why? When I ask them this question I get a range of answers but the most popular responses are: ‘I don’t know who I’m giving my information to, how can I trust them’, or ‘The internet is not secure enough’, or ‘There are thieves everywhere on the internet.’

Let go through a little scenario.

You take your family out for a nice supper at a local restaurant, and have an enjoyable meal. The waiter/waitress brings the bill, you check to make sure it right and then hand over your credit card, they walk away to process the transaction. The server brings you the bill and the slip, you sign the slip and hand it back, the server should check to make sure that your signature is correct and hands back your credit card. This sounds like a normal transaction that happens countless times everyday around the world.

Now let’s look at what really happened here. When you handed over your credit card to this individual you gave them a wealth of information whether you realize it or not. The server has now walked away with your card and an unscrupulous person might take advantage of this. The information available to them to copy at their leisure is your credit card account number, the expiration date, the security number on the back of the card and a copy of your signature. This is more than enough information for a thief to use to purchase goods on your card.

We don’t normally think about this because using our credit cards at the local restaurant or store is a normal part of life for most of us. We have a face and usually a name to the person that we are dealing with and that gives us a certain level of comfort, an perhaps instills a certain amount of trust in the individual and the business we are dealing with, but do we really know the person we are dealing with, in most cases probably not. So what we work on is the perception of trust.

Now this is a pessimistic scenario, most people are honest, and law abiding and the overall stats around credit theft in this manner is extremely low, so I don’t want to alarm anyone but instead wanted to use this example to make my point. Doing business over the internet can be no more risky than handing your credit card over to the complete stranger serving you in the restaurant.

So now let’s look to see what happens when you purchase goods on the Internet.

You surf to a site where you find something that you either really want or need. You go through the process to order the goods and come to the screen where the company is now asking you to enter your credit card number, this generally causes the customer to pause to contemplate whether or not taking the next step is the right thing to do. This is the right reaction, you are about to enter some sensitive information on a form where this information will be sent electronically over the internet to the company that you want to deal with. So to make you more comfortable in placing an order there are a few things that you should look out for.

Making your Shopping Experience Comfortable.

When dealing with the store down the street you know how to find them if there are any problems with the products you purchase. You have an address, a phone number and most likely the name of the person that you are dealing with, so if you have any problem you know where to go and who to talk to in order to get any issues resolved.

Since the business you are dealing with is online finding them shouldn’t be a problem, but the company should also provide other means of contacting them in case you have a problem with the product.

Check to see if they offer a phone number and hours of business. If you are at all uncomfortable with dealing with a particular company, call them, you may find that a simple phone call will set your mind at ease. Suddenly you have a name and voice to go with the company.

Look for a physical address, a street address is always more viable than just a PO box. Either way this gives you another method of communicating with the company, and if your issue could lead to legal action sending a registered letter to the offending party can be very useful.

If you have questions about how a company operates, call them or send and e-mail. You’ll be able get a sense about a company, in the way they respond and how prompt they are at responding at customer requests. If they don’t respond in a professional manner then perhaps you shouldn’t deal with them, or if it takes them a long time to respond to your request then you would have to wonder if this is the same service you would receive after the sale.
Technical Queues to Look for.

There are also other technical queues to look for as well. You are going to be sending sensitive personal and financial information over the internet so you have to make sure that the company that you’re dealing with is looking after your interests as well.

Encryption:

The web page where you enter your personal and financial information should be protected by encryption. The form of encryption is called SSL (Secure Socket Layer) this is the industry standard for making secure transactions over the internet.

To verify that your information will be encrypted you should look for a visual clue that the web browser makers have built into the browser. For Internet Explorer users a small pad lock will appear at lower right hand corner of the browser window. If you see this you know that your information is being protected. For Firefox users a key will appear at the bottom right hand side of the screen to indicate that the information entered on the web page will be encrypted.

Depending on where you are in the world there are two commonly used levels for SSL encryption, 40-bit or 128-bit encryption, 128-bit being the stronger of the two types of encryption. In North America the two browsers mentioned offer 128-bit encryption.

The latest versions of the most popular web browsers, Internet Explorer and Firefox offer 128-bit encryption.
You can download the latest versions of these browsers from the following links.

Firefox:

http://www.getfirefox.com

Microsoft Internet Explorer:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/default.mspx

Most companies doing business online also present a logo for the company that they use to provide the encryption, you might see logos like these. Insert logos for thawte and verisign . To make you more comfortable investigate these companies, the two mentioned here in this article are very well known and reputable sources for SSL encryption.

The link tells a story too.

When you surf to a web page that you believe to be secure or feel that should be secure you can also look at the link a the top of the page. The first charactersof the URL (Universal Resource Locator) determine what kind of information will be displayed on the screen. For example a normal web page will start with http://, this tells the web browser to expect a web page.

When a web page is supposed to be encrypted the URL will start with https://, the additional ‘s’ tells the browser that the information collected and sent from the this web page will be encrypted.

So http: //www.mystore.com/buyhere.html is not an encrypted web page where https: //www.mystore.com/buyhere.html is encrypted. Just because the URL starts with https doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t look for the visual clue at the bottom of your browser, look at them both.
Making Payments over the Internet.
When most people think of shopping online they assume that they will have to use their credit card to make purchases. This, in my experience, can make people very nervous, especially when dealing with a company that they are not familiar with.

There are a number of things that you can do to limit the risk even further when dealing with a company that you are not 100% familiar with.

So you don’t want to use your platinum credit card with the huge limit on it, because you don’t want to risk that much credit on an unfamiliar company. Your credit card vendor should be able to provide you with another card with a smaller limit, somewhere around the $500 to $1000 mark, something that you feel comfortable with. So even if by chance you run into someone who is out there to be malicious your risk has been reduced by not offering them a card number that will give them access to thousands of dollars.

Another increasingly popular way to make payments online is through a payment processing company, here you place the amount of money you need to make the purchase in an internet account with the payment company and then the payment company will in turn pay the vendor you are purchasing from.

This form of payment is secure for both the purchaser and the online business. The company you are purchasing from never sees your personal financial information and your financial information is only available to the payment company. This way you are not sharing your credit card information with a bunch of businesses you only have to deal with one. In addition you are reducing your risk not only because you are only sharing your financial information with one company, this companies main purpose is to provide these services, it is their livelihood they are in that business to make it work not only for themselves but also for their customers, which include both the businesses that sign up to use their services but also for the consumer. Additionally youdecide how much money to place in this account, so instead of potentially risking more than the purchase price you can simply put in exactly the amount required to make the purchase, you control it, it’s your account.

The downside to payment processing company is that not all online businesses are subscribers to their services. If you feel more comfortable making purchases over the internet in this manner call or write to the company that you want to deal with to see if perhaps this is an option. If enough people do it the company may decide to make it a payment option for their customers.

If you’re not comfortable with providing any financial information over the internet contact the company they might be able to provide you with COD service, or take your order over the phone. Call the company most will be more than happy to accommodate your needs.
I hope that this has helped you to understand some of the issues and clear up some of the misconceptions about making purchases over the internet. In review here are the few things that you should look for.

1. Does the company provide multiple ways to contact them if there is an issue?

2. Is your personal information going to be encrypted when it is sent to the company?

3. Does the business offer different payment options?

4. Are you comfortable with the company you are dealing with?

5. How quickly do they respond to customer requests?

Here are a few things to look for once you have purchased from the company.

1. A confirmation that the transaction has been processed should appear on the screen as well it should be delivered in the form of an e-mail. This information should be the same as a receipt and contain information indicating when the order was received, an invoice number, an indication of when the order will be shipped and contact information incase there is a problem with the order. I would suggesting printing the web page containing the transaction information and when the e-mail arrives print it as well, for your records of the purchase. This is just incase the e-mail gets delete by accident.

2. Once the order has been shipped, you should receive another e-mail indicating the tracking number and the web link you can use to track your package.

If there are any issues with shipping your order the company should be prompt in sending a message to let you know what the issues are and when you can expect to seeyour delivery arrive. The company should also give you the option to cancel the order and get a full refund. Shopping online is not to be feared, it is the next step in commerce. Much like the advent of the catalogue and making purchases over the phone, shopping over the internet is simply the next logical step. The catalogue is now electronic and has the capability to reach millions of potential buyers, and instead of calling in your order the consumer simply enters some information and presses a few buttons on the screen. The advent of SSL and other technologies to make commerce online safe and secure has pushed this new avenue for businesses further than ever expected and there is no end to the growth in site. Every day there are more and more vendors embracing the internet as a source to reach new markets and open the world to new products. Just as the internet has made the world a smaller place to live electronic commerce is bringing people closer to the products that otherwise would never have been available to them.

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Knowing the Basics of Online Shopping

These days, you can go shopping online for clothes, computers, home appliances, travel packages, and almost any product or service. Shopping sites are used by consumers across the globe. The USA and Korea are among the heavy shoppers on the Internet. Australia, UK, the Netherlands, and other countries also share a considerable segment of the worldwide population of Internet shoppers. The extreme convenience that buying online provides is the main reason why it is such a popular option today.

It really is a fast and easy way to buy things for yourself or as gifts for your family and friends. But you need to know the basics about purchasing from the Web to help you have a secure, beneficial, and hassle-free shopping spree.

Just like shopping in the malls, public holidays are also great seasons for you to chance upon discounts and special offers for various popular items like food, electronics, and clothes in online shopping sites. You can save a lot if you check the sale seasons on the Web. But you should also keep in mind that stocks on Internet shops run out more easily than in physical shops. Remember that the sites are usually accessible by people from all over the country or even outside of it. When shopping on the Web, you need to decide fast on what you should buy.

However, you still need to be careful when shopping on an online store. Check the site very well and make sure it is a legitimate shopping site. To be sure, shop only on sites whose URL matches its name. You should also see if the URL starts with “https://” when you’re checking out. Otherwise, don’t proceed with your payment and don’t even give any further information, since it’s most probably not a secure website.

Compared to a debit card and a checking account, a credit card is still the safest payment method online. In the unfortunate case that your credit card details have been misused, you can cancel the unauthorized transactions.

A shopping site should offer you a good price on shipping. Make sure that you’re not being overcharged. You can always check current rates from courier websites. Many online stores now even provide free shipping on certain conditions.

These are just a few reminders that can really help you go on a truly convenient shopping spree on the Internet. Always read the terms and conditions before you give your payment information and proceed with checking out.