Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Top Money Saving Tips for the Savvy Online Shopper

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Top Money Saving Tips for the Savvy Online Shopper

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RITAIN has turned from a nation of shopkeepers into a nation of drop seekers.

Because when it comes to spending online, dropping that price to what we want by any means necessary has become a national obsession.

The average Brit shops on their computer, tablets or smartphone for two and a half hours a week.

Two thirds of us admit we regularly search for discount codes and 16 million trawl through forums for bargain hunting tips before stumping up cash, while half of the UK's internet shoppers check eBay to see if they can find a product cheaper.

Three million also visit companies' Facebook pages to ask for discounts, a study by e-commerce specialists Flubit.com reveals.

It seems we will do anything to save a bit of cash. And a third of us do it regularly during work hours.

Flubit.com says people spend an average PS53 per item on their bargain-hunting marketplace site and save between PS5 to PS8 - around 10% - on the price they originally found for the product on Amazon.

Flubit lets you paste in a link for a product and then gets back to you with a cheaper price as it negotiates deals direct with wholesalers. The company reckons that people can make savings of up to 20%.

One of the best deals it managed to negotiate recently was PS245 off a scanner which was priced at PS1,282 on Amazon and which it secured for PS1,037.

Flubit's head of marketing, Tia Saunders, says: "Today's consumers are extremely savvy when it comes to securing the best prices for products and are unlikely to make a purchase without due diligence.

"The rise of online shopping has given customers better choice.

"That places more power in their hands, while social media has rightly given them a louder voice."

WAYS TO SAVE | Sign up to newsletters for shops and brands you buy from regularly. You will receive offers and discounts and a heads-up on coming sales as well as secret sales. But, make sure you set up a separate email for these as you will get bombarded. …

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