5 Rules from the Cheapskate’s Guide to Internet Shopping

If you love saving money on bargains, the Internet is a shopping wonderland. Before you set up a easy shopping cart in your favourite Internet shopping site, however, it’s important to review the following 5 shopping rules.

We’ve all lusted after jewellery that costs two years’ salary or for the yachts of billionaires, but when it comes to actually shopping for our own use, some of us are more budget conscious. While luxuries abound, online shopping can also save shoppers money. It’s just a matter of where one looks.


It isn’t cheap if it isn’t real

If you only compare price tickets, you’re almost certain to arrive at shopper grief. To be certain an item is a real bargain, compare like to like. Make up your mind what brands, size and extras you’ll consider. They should be brands you know and trust. Then, shop the Internet to compare prices.

Since when has Selfridge had a Wonder Room on Fong Street?

Do you really think you are going to ‘Click and Collect’ a Bulgari watch for £50? More likely it’s a Vulgari watch guaranteed for one day or eight hours, whichever comes first.

A wise shopper will research the cost of an item they want, visiting several reputable retail websites to determine an average cost. With this price in mind, look for bargains in the range of 10 to 25 percent lower. Be realistic. Greed is bad, no matter what they say on Wall Street.

There’s nothing wrong with used, but not abused

If you can get what you’re looking for at the price you want or lower, don’t ignore used items. Sellers usually realize they’ve only used or worn an item a few times, gotten too big for it or have never used it.

Internet sites like Craigslist or eBay can save you big money if you are alert and careful. When you are on the hunt, check the websites a few times every day. You want to be one of the first responders to bag the best bargains.

Cheapskate Guide to Saving Money on the Web


Above all, stay safe


You don’t need a safety lecture by a Scotland Yard detective to know better than to put yourself in danger. We hope. Just in case, the main idea is to protect yourself at all costs.

No one, particularly women or senior citizens, should make an appointment to go to meet a seller alone. Bring a relative, co-worker or friend, the bigger and meaner the better.



Turn over your inventory

When you no longer use or want an item, don’t let it gather dust. Put it for sale on one of the websites you’ve used to shop. Then, take that money and reinvest it into your next acquisition.

Don’t overprice your item. Again, research and research to turn the item over quickly. Don’t hang on to an item for weeks for want of an extra pound or two.