Get the Most out of your Online Shopping Dollar

November 27, 2008 by Bryn
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Since your going to spend the next few weeks shopping for gifts make sure you have our top tips for bargaining down or negotiating a lower price on anything from handbags to housewares. Whether you're shopping in stores or scouring the internet, these tips will help any shopper get the most for their hard-earned money:

  • Ask for an after-the-fact markdown. If the item you bought goes on sale within the week or the month, many stores will pay you back the difference. Keep your receipts!

  • Comparison shop. Some retailers offer a price guarantee over 100% – that means if you find the item cheaper anywhere else, prove it to the retailer and they’ll beat that price.

  • Sign up for stores’ e-mail lists. Stores will often e-mail subscribers first to tell them about sales, and may give them exclusive coupon codes.

  • Use eBay and set up searches that will email you when new items from your favorite brands are posted. I also like to do a quick search on eBay from my Blackberry or Treo – then I know if there's a better deal online. Auctions can get you cheaper stuff!

  • Before you check-out online, Google “promotion code” or "coupon code" and the name of the product to find additional savings or free shipping.


  • When planning a trip to the store, find printable coupons online for preferred stores – we list a bunch at

  • Ask sales associates for advance notice of sales. Then shop the night before the sale and ask to have full price items put on hold until the sale starts.

  • Check each retailer’s drop-dead shipping date for delivery before December 25. You will be able to find the drop-dead shipping dates for most major retailers at

  • Look for free shipping and free returns. This will save money for you and makes it easy on your giftee should the item not be the right fit.


  • Score deals by regularly visiting the sale sections of online department stores like and smaller boutiques located across the country like trendy based in Palm Beach, but shoppable for anyone with a web connection.
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Also check out our latest guides for that ideal holiday gift. Pick up a personalized token in our Custom-Made Guide, or score the much sought-after Wii Fit in our Sold Out Guide



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