4 Tips for a Better Online Buying Experience

A co-worker was asking me on digital camera suggestions, but rather than buying her camera through a reputable online reseller like Amazon.com or Newegg, she went to Fry’s Electronics.

Why? She’s scared of buying stuff online. She also prefers to see and touch it before buying it.

  1. Go to the store and check it out – but don’t buy it from there. Write down the product name and model number, then search for prices online. Pricegrabber is awesome. Frucall is another nifty service that allows you to do “free comparison shopping with your cell phone when you’re in a store.”
  2. How do you know if the reseller is honest? Pricegrabber has their seller rating, or ResellerRatings would be another website to check.
  3. If you’re ordering online, make sure the URL in the address bar starts with https.
  4. Printing the purchase confirmation page? PDFCreator will help you save trees for free.

There’s other factors involved, such as the return policy, where the item(s) are shipping from, or if tax will be included. You’ll need to visit the online reseller’s website for those details.

The more you do this, the quicker the process becomes. For me, Newegg, Mwave, and Amazon are my main three spots before setting foot in a store.

Did I miss anything?

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Bryan Villarin

Bryan works at Automattic. He's also a cat whisperer. Sometimes…a photographer, and card magician.

2 thoughts on “4 Tips for a Better Online Buying Experience”

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  2. My concern with this shopping tactic, is how long can the retailer continue to remain open if the traffic coming through their door is only there to browse before buying somewhere else? For instance, what happens to a certain small music store if everyone just buys from musicians friend after they spend their time and ask their questions at our shop? The reason retail stores cost more is because of the service and overhead of running a quality business whereas online companies can get by with just a warehouse and incompetent employees, therefore, lower costs.

    BUT… if you are going to buy online, checking things out in person first is not a horrible idea. In fact its a great idea. Just don’t be surprised when you find it harder to find an actual physical store to check things out in.


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