With outsourcing, downsizing, reorganizations and every other excuse business make to increase their bottom line we the employed really aren’t always certain about the next paycheck. E-commerce or online shopping is becoming more and more favored as the place to be when attempting to save money. To be as thrifty as possible it is not only wise to do comparison price shopping, it’s prudent. Prices vary widely from site to site and the extra effort shopping provides rewarding discounts and achieved savings.
The simple fact of the matter is you don’t have to spend hours upon hours searching the Internet by going to individual websites as there are now free shopping services that allow you to search quickly and easily for virtually any product sold anywhere. These services have various options available to provide the consumer with their best possible purchase strategies. I don’t know all the shopping services available out there but I can certainly cover 3 or 4 to get you pointed in a more efficient time management direction.
The goal of shopping services is to provide consumers an overview of a full range of products offered by retailers by providing comparisons and detailed product information from both brick and mortar and online stores. Although no shopping service make any claims about the reputability or quality of the retailers they list, most all do remove any retailers they find to be disreputable.
Price Grabber.com is used by consumers to quickly obtain free and unbiased information about products and services, merchants and sellers before making a purchase decision. They list millions of unique products and services. The service connects its online shoppers to merchants and sellers of all sizes and scope, from large traditional merchants, such as Best Buy, Office Depot and Wal-Mart to smaller local merchants and individuals. The service provides Bottom Line Price calculations (tax & shipping included in the price), merchant ratings and reviews, product information and reviews, side-by-side product comparisons and Email notifications of the best prices and availability on the Internet.
Price Runner. Com is another comparison service designed with the consumer’s best interest in mind as well. They too let you compare prices, find the best price, coupon deals, provide expert as well as consumer reviews and buying advice. Their goal is to give savvy online shoppers a full overview on products so that ultimately a confident and informed decision can be achieved. The offer price comparisons for products sold both online and offline.
Shopzilla.com also a leading comparison shopping service connects millions of shoppers to thousands of stores. This service also operates the BizRate consumer feedback network that collects millions of consumer reviews of stores and the products retailers market. This service operates with websites serving consumers and retailers in the U.S., U.K., French and German markets.
Smarter.com is yet another online comparison shopping service. They gather product and merchant data from across the Internet, organize and structure it into a comprehensive catalog and than publish it online. They list the best deal first for any given product for stores they certify that are member of their site for three or more months. This company takes the bad guys off their data banks. They refuse to list any stores that continually receive negative feedback. They continually list the latest promotions, discounts and coupons to save consumers even more money on their online purchases.
So, I don’t know how many other comparison shopping services there are. I’d certainly have no idea which service or combination of services best fulfills your shopping needs. I only know they are out there to assist you in making the best possible decision with a lesser amount of expended time on your behalf.