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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Top Tips when Buying Jewelry Online

1. When you’re in the market for a piece of jewelry for yourself or someone you love, shop around. Compare quality, price, and service. If you’re not familiar with any jewelers in your area, ask family members, friends, and co-workers for recommendations.

2. Ask for the store’s refund and return policy before you buy.

3. Check for the appropriate markings on metal jewelry.

4. Ask whether the pearls are natural. cultured, or imitation.

5. Ask whether the gemstones have been treated. Is the change permanent? Is special care required?

6. Make sure the jeweler writes on the sales receipt any information you relied on when making your purchase, such as the gem’s weight or size. Some jewelers also may supply a grading report form a gemological laboratory.

In addition, these tips apply when you’re shopping for jewelry online:

7. Shop with companies you know or do some homework before buying to make sure a company is legitimate before doing business with it.

8. Get the details about the product, as well as the merchant’s refund and return policies, before you buy.

9. Look for an address to write to or a phone number to call if you have a question, a problem or need help.

10. If you have a problem with the jewelry you purchased, first try to resolve it with the jeweler. If you are dissatisfied with the response, contact your local Better Business Bureau or local consumer protection agency.

Never Paying Retail Tips

Use your greatest resource.

The Internet is the fastest growing resource for consumers to research and purchase items. People are able to find detailed information about any product they wish to research. Shoppers can enjoy the convenience of shopping from home at any time of the day. Most Internet companies are offering free shipping, and by ordering through most, no tax also. It actually saves money to shop online.

Be patient.

If you must have it today, you will probably pay more than if you can wait a few days and look for the lowest price. If you plan ahead for what you would like to purchase you can save money on most everything. When you plan to make a purchase, consider the end of season. This is usually the best time to get a great deal. Put aside the money that you would use to purchase this item today, and have it handy for when the item is available on sale. You will be able to get more for the same amount of money.

Find a good resource.

Find a good resource where coupons, deals, and discounts are collected and posted daily. These are promotions retailers use to encourage internet shopping. Basically, the coupons are giving you free money. You are going to save money on items you were going to purchase anyway.

So, why would a retailer encourage shopping over the net? For a retailer, their overhead is dramatically reduced by removing fancy showcases, displays, and retail stores. They are able to cut costs and pass the savings on to the consumer. In this way they can increase volume.

Be persistent.

If you have a good resource, use it. Find your resource and use it daily. A quick scan of daily discounts will show if there is a coupon or code for your planned purchase. Make the deals page your default page in your web browser. A great deal is no good if you never hear about it. Remember some great deals sell out quickly and if you don’t act on it, it will quickly be gone. Check your resource a few times a day.

When you see a deal, go for it.

This is important. Many times we say “I should have bought that when I saw the sale.” When a good deal comes along, take advantage of it. But be sure to test if it is something you will use, something you can give away, or something you will use for future gifts. Future gifts we always need: wedding presents, baby presents, birthday gifts.

Using rebates to save.

Rebates are a great way to save money, but they are no good unless you send in the required information. A lot of items these days can be bought for next to nothing or even free with rebates. The reason retailers and manufacturers use rebates to make the price more enticing, is because most people do not send in for the rebates. Don’t be lax in this area, when you have made a purchase with a rebate, follow through and get your envelope ready, cut the UPC codes and send your receipts. Make copies of the receipts and keep track of the rebates you have sent in.

Never buy the “Latest and greatest”.

Latest and greatest may be the best thing for collectors and people who like blowing their money, but for most purchases, this is the most costly way to go. If you choose the next to the newest model, you will save a lot of money. End of season sales are another way to save. One area that you can take advantage of this is children’s clothing. If you purchase 6 months in advance, you can save fifty percent or more. Planning ahead can save you a lot of money.

Buying Baby Changing Bags?, Here Things to Consider

The first thing to focus on is the dimensions of the changing bag. You don’t want anything too big, but at the same time you need to make sure that you don’t choose too small that doesn’t accommodate everything you need. Measure the bag and then the back of the push chair you will be using. Most bags can hang off the back of the push chair, so you don’t have to carry it with you. Ensure it fits comfortably and won’t be too bulky that you find it hinders you when you leave the home.

Next consider the weight of the changing bag. They are all different, made by different manufacturers so these are important elements to take into consideration. You want something that is lightweight as possible. Remember once you start putting in bottles of powder, nappies, drinking bottles and maybe a toy or two, the bag is going to get much heavier. The lighter the possible when it comes to choosing the right bag.

Next review the changing bag you are looking at. Maybe go on YouTube and see if someone has done a video on the product. This gives you a good idea of it’s size and also the features it may present. Go through the online reviews, read what other parents have to say about the item before making any decisions. It’s worthwhile having a few options in mind, so you can compare them to find the one you feel is the right match for you.

From here to on Google Images and see if anyone has put up any photographs. Seeing mothers holding the bag or having it slung over the back of the push chair can help you find the size and get an idea of the overall bag to make your decision.

The final considerations is any features the bag may offer. A good example is whether it has an adjustable strap? In addition to this, look at the several compartments it has. You want a few compartments so you can keep a change of clothes away from the nappy and changing items and of course, you want this separate from the bottles and food you may want to take with you.

 

Online Shopping, Pros and Cons

Cons

Unable to try things on

A particular issue with buying clothes online is not being able to try things on, seeing how it’s made, or feeling the material. Unless you are shopping for an item of clothing that is familiar, there is every chance things will go wrong and receive a poorly fitting item. Even thought most stores accept returns, it is still an inconvenience to have to keep returning goods until the right size and look is achieved.

Assistance

Also, it is rarely possible to talk to a salesperson immediately if assistance is required. While there is the option to send a message, this may not be answered for 24 hours or longer.

Pros

Convenience

Shopping in a bricks and mortar store is less flexibility with a need to travel, possible issues with parking and fixed hours. But, those that prefer to shop online have the convenience of being able to browse and buy things at any time. The ability to avoid travelling is certain to appeal to those that don’t have their own transport, those that are housebound, or simply when the weather isn’t pleasant.

Price comparison

When shopping in a traditional store, there is less competition and you have to simply accept the price in the store that has the items you want. However, it is really easy to compare prices when online. There are plenty of price comparison sites that make it possible to check the price of a particular item across a long list of different vendors. Plus, the online stores can provide more incentives to return as a repeat customer, such as special deals or discounts when signing up for the monthly newsletter.

Wider choice

Online stores aren’t limited by the amount of floor space to display their stock. They have the option of displaying the most impressive choices that could never fit on the shelf space of a bricks and mortar store. Also, when online it is really easy to move onto the next store if the preferred item isn’t available.

Read customer reviews

Most of the online stores give easy access to customer reviews for virtually any products. This helps to create a more informed purchasing decision. The reviews give a more detail view of a product compared to the limited information provided by the manufacturer.