Shopping online for gifts during the holiday season has become a popular trend. They’ve even coined “Cyber” Monday as a day where consumers can take advantage of the great holiday deals from the comfort of your own home. For individuals in Canada, statistics show just how valuable online shopping can be.
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If you’ve ever visited your local shopping mall during the holidays, you know how chaotic things can be. From trying to find a parking spot to waiting in line to check out, finding the perfect gift can seem like a nightmare. When it comes to online shopping in Canada, statistics show that approximately 77 percent find it much more convenient. As much as 69 percent believe that it’s the fastest and most efficient method of holiday shopping. In addition to shoppers, retailers have also noticed the changes, and they are doing what they can to cater to online shoppers. When you online shop in Canada, you have to take into consideration duty fees, taxes and exchange rates. To alleviate additional costs and stay within your budget, take a look at your cart before submitting your final purchase. This will help you determine if there are any hidden fees that you may not be aware of.
Search for Coupons
There are times when re-gifting can sometimes come in handy such as when the item is better suited to an aunt, cousin or niece. However, if you’re in the market for something special, you can do a quick google search for coupons and special codes that can garner you a discount on the product. By entering a specific code, you could enjoy as much as 20 to 30 percent off a particular gift. Some great apps for this are CouponSherpa and, of course, LivingSocial and Groupon. Other options include registering your email with a particular retailer that you frequent. In return, they’ll be able to notify you of any discounts, sales or special promotions on their merchandise.
Save on Shipping
One of the primary advantages to online shopping is that the consumer can peruse the Internet sales cozied up on the couch with a warm beverage. You can also save money on gas when you don’t have to go from store-to-store in search of that one elusive gift. Unfortunately, shipping costs to get the package sent to your home can sometimes be outrageous. That’s why it pays to look for retailers who offer free shipping. Whether you have to enter a particular code or purchase a set amount of money to take advantage of the discount, the savings can quickly add up. If you have several gifts to get, look through the retailer’s site to see if you can get your shopping done all in one place. When you’re ready to check out, you also want to make sure that the gifts will arrive in time for Christmas.
Do Your Research
Retailers cater to the consumer in hopes of beating out their competition. When you’re looking for the perfect gift, you should never pay full price for an item. Before you shop, it’s important to do your research first. This means arming yourself with information on where to obtain the best sales and discounts. Certain Internet sites cater to the consumer to help them determine which retailers offer the best deals. With a click of a button, you’ll be able to locate the retailer, and their best price.
Leave Items In Your Cart For Additional Savings
Whether you’ve intentionally left gifts in your online shopping cart for a later date or you’ve forgotten about them, this method can prove valuable when you’re looking for additional savings. The retailer will typically shoot you an email in the day following, asking if you’ve forgotten something. They may also offer you savings on the products in your cart. However, before you leave your list of goodies, you want to ensure that you have a registered account with that particular retailer. This allows them an address to email you your savings codes and discounts.
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