Shopping online for the holidays? Get out of Amazon to find great deals
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – When you think of “online shopping,” you probably think of Amazon. The large online retailer has plenty of deals on millions of items and shipping is free for Prime members.
It’s simple, convenient, and if your credit card is already registered there, it’s so easy that you might end up spending more than you expect.
While you can certainly find great deals on Amazon, other online retailers are working hard to get a part of your Christmas business by offering their own massive deals.
And sometimes these deals are better than what you’ll get on Amazon.
Try these tools to get the best price:
This free website displays historical prices for items sold on Amazon. Not only will this give you an idea of how much a given item is going down in price, but you can also use the site to strategize when is the best time to buy.
I searched for a popular toy this Christmas, a karaoke type singing machine that is currently on sale for $ 73 on Amazon. By copying and pasting the url for this item into camelcamelcamel’s search bar, I saw that around the same time last year, the same singing machine dropped for the low price of $ 50.
This is a good indication that the item may drop closer to this price on or around Black Friday. You can also see that retailers selling on Amazon will often increase the price of items right before they list to make the reduced price more appealing.
A sous vide cooker that typically costs around $ 100 according to Camelcamelcamel, soared to over $ 129 before it went on sale as a “flash deal” at $ 79 earlier this week.
Honey is a website, app, and browser extension that searches for discount codes.
If you add the Chrome or Mozilla extension, Honey runs in the background and when you visit a website it automatically searches for codes that can reduce the final price by 5% to 25%.
Honey also shows you the historical price of an item on a graph to easily see how much and when the item has been discounted. Honey also compares prices on the internet, not just Amazon.
You can search for a product name or browse categories or departments to find the best deals advertised online. A 10-inch digital photo frame from Nixplay is currently listed for $ 176 on Amazon and $ 186 on Walmart.com.
But Google Shopping also showed me that if you buy directly from www.nixplay.com, the price is only $ 142.
This popular website and app offers cash back when you click on a link. Here’s how it works: When the Rakuten browser extension is installed on a computer, every time you visit a retailer, a banner appears and offers a refund offer.
Just click on that banner and Rakuten will take you back to the online store where you left off. When you buy something, Rakuten puts these cashback offers on your account and when it reaches a certain level, you receive a check.
This is another very popular website and app that search for discount codes and compare prices on the internet.
Retailmenot also works with a smartphone app when you visit a store in person. By allowing the app to follow you, when you enter a store with offers, retailmenot will send you a code to earn cashback.
There are great deals everywhere online, the challenge is to find them all. Using these tools and shopping could save you hundreds of dollars this holiday season.
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