There's really no reason to pay full retail price for most products because there are so many resources on the Web that can help you compare prices, score discounts and get the best deals. Here are 15 of our favorite sites that can help you save money when you shop online. And all have free mobile apps that you can use when you're in brick-and-mortar stores or on the go.
Free Shipping - While it has not yet made the announcement, I expect Best Buy to offer free standard shipping on all orders for the duration of the holiday season. As mentioned above, Amazon forces non-Prime members to spend at least $25 before being eligible for free shipping. If you are not a Prime member or are unable to sign up for a free 30-day Prime trial, then you should shop at Best Buy for small orders under $25. If you are eligible for a 30-day Prime trial or you are already a Prime member, Amazon wins easily because of its free two-day shipping with no minimum order size.
SZBecky via Amazon offers the Becky Windproof Compact Travel Umbrella in Water Wood Handle for $21.99. Coupon code "359N9EDQ" cuts it to $14.29. Plus, Prime members receive free shipping. That's $8 off and the lowest price we could find. It features a 1-button automatic open/close, 10 reinforced fiberglass ribs, and 40" canopy with Dupont Teflon coating. Deal ends October 30.
PriceChecker is a UK price comparison website allows you to compare prices of electronics, entertainment, household goods, fashion and more. Store owners can benefit from having their products featured on the website as not all products have competition. Some products on the site only have one retail price while others allow customers to compare prices.
Skinflint is a price comparison tool dropshippers can use to compare pricing for products in the UK. You can search popular items you sell in the search bar and you’ll be shown the product pricing for various retailers. The price comparison website shows the best pricing in the UK and the EU. If you sell to a European audience, you might find this website handy.
Comparator is a computer and electronics price comparison website. Customers can compare product pricing for various products, view price history, reviews and specs on each product page. This price comparison shopping engine does more than just compare prices. It also gives you a list of popular products, daily deals, and latest products on the main page, facilitating your discount shopping needs.
Free Expedited Shipping - Best Buy offered free shipping on all orders for the duration of the holiday shopping season last year, but it was slow standard shipping. Non-Prime members at Amazon had to spend at least $25 to qualify for free standard shipping, which is not ideal if you are looking to purchase something cheap. While Best Buy offered better free shipping terms for the average shopper, Amazon Prime members enjoyed free two-day shipping on all orders. A Prime membership is not free, but Amazon offers a free 30-day trial, which you can use for all items in the Amazon Black Friday Ad. Since everyone is eligible for a Prime trial membership, Amazon gets the win here when it comes to expedited shipping.
On May 5, 2014, Amazon unveiled a partnership with Twitter. Twitter users can link their accounts to an Amazon account and automatically add items to their shopping carts by responding to any tweet with an Amazon product link bearing the hashtag #AmazonCart. This allows customers to never leave their Twitter feed and the product is waiting for them when they go to the Amazon website.
Some workers, "pickers", who travel the building with a trolley and a handheld scanner "picking" customer orders can walk up to 15 miles during their workday and if they fall behind on their targets, they can be reprimanded. The handheld scanners give real-time information to the employee on how fast or slowly they are working; the scanners also serve to allow Team Leads and Area Managers to track the specific locations of employees and how much "idle time" they gain when not working. In a German television report broadcast in February 2013, journalists Diana Löbl and Peter Onneken conducted a covert investigation at the distribution center of Amazon in the town of Bad Hersfeld in the German state of Hessen. The report highlights the behavior of some of the security guards, themselves being employed by a third party company, who apparently either had a neo-Nazi background or deliberately dressed in neo-Nazi apparel and who were intimidating foreign and temporary female workers at its distribution centers. The third party security company involved was delisted by Amazon as a business contact shortly after that report.