"Shopping online...ways to save"

December 12, 2020 General News Information

” Shopping online this season? Here are ways to save from consumer advocates who tested the market. “

Like everything during this pandemic, holiday shopping is different this year. Even diehard mall shoppers are more likely to buy online. There are plenty of ways to save while you play cyber Santa. Here are summaries of the favorite shopping strategies of the editors at Delaware Valley Consumers’ Checkbook and Checkbook.org, a nonprofit group that helps consumers get the best service and lowest prices.

The biggest spending mistake most consumers make is failing to comparison shop for the best prices. To find the lowest-price stores and other money-saving advice for specific products and services, see Checkbook’s articles and ratings. Through special arrangement with the Inquirer, you can access Checkbook’s ratings of local services for quality and price free until Jan. 5 via Checkbook.org/Inquirer/Shop.

A sale price may not be a good price

Even if the price tag says “60% off!” it’s probably not a steal — or even the lowest price. Checkbook’s undercover shoppers find that at many retailers, the sales never, or almost never, end. In a nine-month investigation, Checkbook found many stores use deceptive practices, especially by offering continuous, misleading sales campaigns. The only way to know whether you’re paying a fair price is to compare prices at several stores.

Cash in on cashback portals

(READ more at: https://www.inquirer.com/business/retail/shopping-online-this-season-here-are-ways-save-consumer-advocates-who-tested-market-20201203.html)

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