Today, because of the
unpredictable state of the economy, nearly everyone is looking for ways to save
money. Frugal living is now becoming a daily practice for millions of people.
Fortunately, there are a number of ways to save your hard earned money. One way
you can get the most ‘bang’ for your buck is to practice comparison shopping.
Comparing products and
brands for the best price and the best quality may seem difficult, but once you
get the hang of it, it is becomes quite an easy and rewarding experience.
Comparison shopping is the best way to save money on your purchases. The money
you save can be used to pay down debt or you can put the extra money away for
something fun like a vacation.
One of the best ways
to take advantage of comparison shopping is by using the internet. There are a
number of websites that have a comparison shopping tool that allows consumers
to compare products and brands from various online retailers. There is also
large comparison shopping sites that will allow you to compare thousands of
items instantly. It is a definite time saver as manual comparison can take a
really long time and it is not very fun.
You can find
comparison shopping sites for a wide range of products and services such as
books, insurance, appliances, mortgages, cell phones and plans, televisions,
computers, and much more. As well, there are sites that post user reviews of
products and services so you can get a sense of the quality of a product or
service from people who used it before you make a purchase.
One beneficial feature
of using comparison shopping sites is that there are sites that offer email
alerts on special prices for specified products. These sites track prices of
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It wasn’t too long ago
when one’s buying choices were limited to what was available in the inventory
in a brick-and-mortar store. For shopaholics, there was no restraint tighter
than the ‘fence’ of retail stores. And then eCommerce happened, and shoppers
were no longer bound to buy what they could readily have. They wanted more and
they got more – all in the comfort of their homes, at their convenience and a
wider range of choices than ever before.
According to a report
by U.S Census Bureau, eCommerce sales for Selected Service Industries, created
the E-Stats report, accounted for 1.8 percent ($124 billion) of industries’
total revenues-up from 1.6 percent ($104 billion) in 2006.
ECommerce offers some
great opportunities for small to medium enterprises and also for consumers who
are looking for a bargain. With the number of online shoppers continuing to
grow, U.S. consumers are also spending more online. Newer applications are
helping people ease their online shopping experience too! Take for instance,
the launch of a web application by the US-based interactive marketing agency
Zugara. It allows online shoppers to try on clothing at home using just a
computer and a web cam. It uses motion capture and augmented reality technology
to superimpose fitted versions of clothing items over a live video feed of the
consumer. The company claims that the application is in the early stages of
It is no longer
acceptable for any business that sells products to not have an online presence.
The world is theirs to sell to, but they need to have an eCommerce site, with a
fully stocked online catalog, if they want to cater to a large, widespread
clientele. One can browse the online catalog at leisure, carefully make choices
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