9:57 AM, 6th January 2011, About 11 years ago 3
Savvy property people are already buying big ticket items like kitchens and bathrooms from online stores. E-Bay is the traditional home of the penny-pincher and still attracts millions of buyers and sellers.
But Google is fast becoming the best place to source bargains.
The secret is understanding how to root out the cheapest goods and services.
For example, the Samsung RL38SCSW 11.3 cubic metre fridge freezer is advertised as a £377 ‘web special’ at Comet plus £20.37 delivery, making a total of £397.37 – but the same fridge freezer is nearly 14% cheaper at Boots online, including £19.99 delivery.
The easiest way to find a bargain is to use a web site like Comet as a catalogue, or even visit the store to select the product you want. Then take down the make and model and type that in to Google and click search.
Beating Comet’s ‘web special’ by £57 in minutes
Google will then return all the web sites selling that item in the UK and all you have to do is check through until you find the cheapest.
Don’t forget the delivery and VAT tricks – some sites do not make these extra charges clear.
Make sure you have included all the add-ons and simply opt for the cheapest.
In fact, within five minutes, searching through Google revealed one seller offering the Samsung RL38SCSW for just £320 plus £19.99 for delivery. That’s a saving of £57.38 on the Comet ‘web special’ price and the firm promises to deliver on the same day as Comet as well.
The Samsung comes with the same maker’s guarantees and warranties whoever you buy from.
The same money-saving principle works for buying any expensive goods online – but you will find that when you add the price of delivery to cheaper items, it’s just as cost effective to buy locally.
NOTE: These prices and offers were checked as correct on January 5, 2011 and may be subject to change at short notice.
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