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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Cutting Cost on Shopping

Take a Tour on Pre-Shopping Research
Pre-shopping research will help you know more about the things you have listed and the actual amount you can budget for them. When you do pre-shopping research, you save yourself a lot of cost because you now know how much to go shopping with. However, while deciding on the amount to go shopping with, consider miscellaneous as another necessity.

Shop with a Note and a Pen
Before you go shopping, get a pen and a note for taking down of anything which you might find interesting at the shopping mall that is not in your list. People are mostly tempted to buy more things when they go shopping especially the ones that caught their eyes. There is no offence in seeing what is not in your list, but remember you didn’t budget for it at home; all you need do is to write the cost and the name of the product in your note and keep it for your subsequent shopping, that way you can fight impulse spending at that moment and learn to stick to your list

Learn to Shop Alone
Cut down on frequent shopping with hang-out friends especially when you have much money on you; the choice they make at the shopping mall will always influence you to buy things you are not ready to buy. If you must shop go shopping with them, make sure it was scheduled to enable you plan from home and know the exact amount to carry with you.

Do More of Bulk Buying
Bulk buying to some people means spending much money. When you do bulk buying, you get discount on those products and at the same time save some money. To get started, write down the list of things you use more often at home and include them in your shopping list; goods that you bought in bulk will save you the stress of paying more transport to the shopping mall everyday, it will also allow you time to do some other things and most importantly keep you monetarily relaxed in times of inflation and scarcity of products or goods.

Social Shopping

Others combine physical stores and social features, for example, allowing customers to share finds and deals from physical retailers through the phone and website and interact with users that have similar shopping interests’ Social shopping incorporates social networking and shopping, bringing them both together making shopping more social and concentrates on the sharing aspect of these networks.

Social shopping has many benefits, not only are you part of a designated female shopping community but you may also make lots of new friends and communicate with your existing ones through your finds. Social shopping sites can motivate you to participate in many different ways; some ask you to share on Facebook and twitter accounts but offer no reward for doing this other than the social reward of sharing and making new friends through recommending the best buys that you find. Some sites offer rewards for sharing products such as, if a specific product gets a lot of ‘likes’ discounts are offered and you can literally get big discounts by sharing with your new and existing friends. This encourages shoppers to share certain products for the benefit of both retailer and shopper. Other sites encourage the buyer or potential buyer to photo share the products, this enables the buyer to get comments on whether it will suit them or not and if it is a good price. This also enables other shoppers to find products without so much searching making it easier to literally share your finds.

You can not only make new friends through social shopping but you can also speak to the sellers in real time, ask them questions about the products and sizing and get the best descriptions before you decide to buy. You are able to ask your friends about the products that you find and ask their opinions; it is just like shopping with your girlfriends! So, why are you shopping alone? Interactive shopping is the future of shopping for everyone!

There are a few social shopping sites now up and running and no doubt as this phenomena really gains momentum then there will be many more. In my investigations I have found sites such as Pinterest where you are able to post pictures of your shopping finds very enjoyable but as you are unable to buy the fashion it seems to be lacking in this feature. ShopSimple on the other hand is similar to Pinterest where you can post your fashion finds but not only that, you can buy them too! You can create separate folders for your finds in your profile and even create them for others! You are able to comment, hashtag products, save (which is similar the Facebook ‘like’ button), add them to your collections and make whole outfits for you and your friends to share using this one site. This site is a highly addictive social shopping site which not only lets you post your fashion finds but let’s you share your products and post them to your Facebook and twitter accounts as well as your Pinterest walls! You can follow and be followed similar to Twitter and share your fashion with millions of others! This is the hottest social shopping site right now, so why are you still shopping alone?

About Convenience of Online Shopping

One the greatest advantages of shopping online, especially in areas where this is well established is the discounts that you may be able to access. This is given as an incentive to attract more and more buyers. When there are promotional sales, it is possible to access goods at a great discount. You need to follow news in different stores so as to enjoy such discounts should they come up. Most sites also offer bonuses and you can get them when you shop, give reviews of products; make a video or photo purchases and so on.

One of the areas in the world where online shopping has become very popular is developing countries. Many people have realized that the goods from developing countries are very affordable and of quite a high quality. You will note that many high end brands and international ones have got factories within these countries. There are shopping companies that cooperate with different factories so as to come up with the greatest brands and then make them available to the public. This ensures that customers are able to get the best bargains in the market. This is why so many people prefer doing their shopping online as they can compare different stores and get the best products with low prices.

The online shopping website can actually save you lots of cash. The great competition that exists makes the online sores and the emerging stores engage in a fight so as to gain the trust of customers. You will note promotions, services, deals and even coupons. You can enjoy great value for money. Many people enjoy internet connection today and there are those who prefer shopping online than having to visit different online stores.

The other thing that has come out strongly is the use of agents. These agents are able to bridge the gap between the sellers and the buyers. What usually happens is that they help in the communication process and they connect the buyer and the seller. If you choose to use an agent, they will be responsible for making payments to sellers on your behalf.

The agents also do an inspection, which ensures that you don’t get incorrect or inferior products. You will get only the highest quality ones. They also do the packaging and then consolidate the items so that they can be packaged popular for transit.

Pick a Window Tint Shop

Visit the Website of Shops That You Are Considering

No website? That would be a definite strike against them. Quality shops are proud to display their workmanship in any way possible. The website should not only show pictures of the work, but also help to educate customers in an effort to help them make a decision. Great shops are not afraid to share information and show off their expertise. As I write this, the year is 2012. EVERY business needs a quality website, especially a visual business like window tinting.

Read Online Reviews

While online reviews should not be your only basis of consideration, you can usually learn a lot about the workmanship and the general business practices of the shop. You should be looking for a tint shop with a lot of reviews and the majority being positive. Nobody is perfect and you might find some negativity. Be sure to consider how this negativity is handled. Some places to look for online reviews are Google Places, Yahoo Local, Yelp, Merchant Circle, etc. Many times you can find reviews on the companies own website. Put more trust in the independent review sites since the owner has no control over those reviews.

Visit the Tinter’s Facility!

Unless the steps above make you 100% confident in your decision, you need to visit the shops you are considering. Nothing short of a visit will help you decide whether this is the right shop for you or not. Look at their showroom? Is it clean? Ask to see their installation area. Is that clean? You can’t expect a quality job in an unclean environment (This does not mean that you should expect an area fit for producing computer chips!). Are the employees professional? Are they dressed appropriately? Do they explain things clearly? How long have they been in business? How long have the window tinters been employed at this facility? These are all things that you will need to observe and ask the employees. The shop should make you feel totally comfortable in handing over the keys to your ride without any worries at all. If this is not the case, you haven’t found the right place yet.

Ask About the Shop’s Warranty on Window Film

Does the shop stand behind its work? If so for how long? In this business, it is not uncommon to have a warranty on tint work for as long as you own your vehicle. This is important since mistakes can happen and you don’t want to be left with a poor quality tint job on your ride. Make sure you have a clear understanding of the warranty. If the shop is evasive of unclear about this, I would scratch them from your list of considerations.

Brand of Tint

Here is an area where I believe some might disagree. Just hear me out and be sure to read this entire paragraph! If you trust the shop you are dealing with, BRAND OF TINT DOES NOT MATTER. If you have decided that Shop A is the best choice, you can rest assured that others have decided the same also. This makes for a busy shop and one that takes care of their customers. The last thing that a busy, quality shop wants to do is FIX MISTAKES or REPLACE DEFECTIVE TINT! They are going to work hard to select a quality brand of tint that does not cause them headaches. These guys are the professionals. They know tint. If you are counting on them to take care of your car and do the job right, you really need to trust their judgement on the tint that they offer.