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The TRICKS to save on your CLICKS

On­line shop­ping has boomed since lock­down, but you need to be canny to bag a bar­gain, so here’s Money Mail’s guide to...

- By Amelia Mur­ray a.mur­ray@dai­ly­mail.co.uk Business · Tech · Shopping · Consumer Goods · Money Tips · Lifehacks · Sony · John Lewis · John Lewis · Topshop · England · Specsavers · Twitter · Facebook · Instagram · United Kingdom · Deals

On­LinE shop­ping is boom­ing, with £3 in ev­ery £10 spent over the in­ter­net. But how can you be sure you are get­ting the best pos­si­ble price?

Here money mail shares eight tricks to help you track down the top deals.

HUNT ON­LINE TO SPOT THE CHEAP­EST

BE­FOrE set­tling on a re­tailer, try a few price com­par­i­son web­sites such as google.com/

shop­ping, price­spy.co.uk, kelkoo.co.uk and pricerun­ner.com. Th­ese com­pare on­line prices at major re­tail­ers, in­clud­ing Boots, ar­gos, ama­zon and Cur­rys pC World.

Just type in the name of the item you are look­ing for, click search and a list of re­tail­ers will ap­pear with their best price along­side.

When us­ing google Shop­ping to find a Sony 55in smart TV, for ex­am­ple, we found prices ranged from £519 to £831.

BE ALERT TO BE SURE THE PRICE RE­ALLY IS RIGHT

iF yOU are hop­ing the price of an item will drop fur­ther, reg­is­ter with sites such as

lovesales.com and price­spy.co.uk. you can add as many items as you wish to a watch­list and you will re­ceive an alert when the price falls.

Web­site camel­camel­camel.com mon­i­tors prices on ama­zon and will send you an email when se­lected items be­come cheaper.

Th­ese sites help shop­pers avoid fall­ing for hyped-up sales events when prod­ucts may ac­tu­ally be cheaper at other times.

For ex­am­ple, an ap­ple mac­Book av­er­aged at around £1,699 last sum­mer com­pared to £1,900 on Black Fri­day, according to price­spy.

AL­WAYS ASK ‘IS THAT YOUR BEST OF­FER?’

many re­tail­ers prom­ise to meet the best price you can find.

Cur­rys pC World says it will match any prod­uct against any other re­tailer, on­line or in­store, in­clud­ing dis­count codes. it will also re­fund the dif­fer­ence if you find a bet­ter of­fer up to seven days after your pur­chase.

John Lewis has a sim­i­lar price- match scheme, while out­door cloth­ing and equip­ment re­tailer Blacks says it will beat a cheaper deal by 10 pc.

Con­tact a Blacks store or call cus­tomer ser­vices on 0161 393 7059. you will need to pro­vide de­tails of the prod­uct, in­clud­ing where it is be­ing ad­ver­tised at a lower price. Take a screen­shot and note down the web ad­dress.

NOW IS THE WIN­TER OF OUR DIS­COUNT TENTS . . .

Camp­ing gear is of­ten dis­counted in march, novem­ber and De­cem­ber, while you can get cheap ski equip­ment in sum­mer.

Last year win­ter sports kit be­gan to creep up in au­gust, ris­ing al­most 24 pc by novem­ber, according to price­Spy.

The cost of toasters dipped last De­cem­ber and Jan­uary then be­gan to rise from Fe­bru­ary.

price­Spy data also re­vealed the cheap­est time to buy kitchen ap­pli­ances last year was au­gust.

MONEY OFF FOR BE­ING IN THE RIGHT GROUP

many on­line re­tail­ers of­fer gen­er­ous dis­counts to stu­dents, med­i­cal staff, armed Forces’ per­son­nel and pen­sion­ers.

For ex­am­ple, stu­dents can trial ama­zon prime for six months, which of­fers next-day de­liv­ery and ac­cess to on­line videos and mu­sic.

Only a one-month free trial is given usu­ally. after the of­fer pe­riod ends, stu­dents pay half the typ­i­cal price at £3.99.

asos and Top­shop give a 10 pc stu­dent dis­count. For more of­fers,

see myu­ni­days.com and stu­dent beans.com. nHS Eng­land ( eng­land.nhs.uk/coro­n­avirus/nhs- staffof­fers) lists of­fers avail­able for nHS work­ers, such as free on­line cour­ses, app sub­scrip­tions and dis­counted hol­i­day ac­com­mo­da­tion. mil­i­tary staff can sign up for the De­fence Dis­count Ser­vice ( de­fencedis­countser­vice.co.uk) for hun­dreds of on­line deals.

mean­while, over-60s get 20 pc off cer­tain Spec­savers glasses, while Boots of­fers 25 pc off the first pair of glasses or pre­scrip­tion sun­glasses. if you’re over 60 you’ll also get ex­tra ad­van­tage card points when you buy prod­ucts at Boots.

HAG­GLING RE­ALLY CAN PAY OFF

many re­tail­ers have on­line chat fea­tures on their web­sites so you can talk to sales staff.

Start a con­ver­sa­tion with a few ques­tions about the item then see if they will bet­ter the price.

Try say­ing the ad­ver­tised price is not within your bud­get now, but you would like to know when it is on sale. Some staff are able to give dis­count codes there and then.

For ex­am­ple, nike of­fered a 10 pc dis­count on a pair of £89.95 train­ers when our re­porter asked.

LIKE LIKE LIKE ON SO­CIAL ME­DIA

many pop­u­lar brands re­ward loyal cus­tomers with ex­clu­sive deals, com­pe­ti­tions and early ac­cess to sales.

So if you have a Twit­ter, Face­book or in­sta­gram ac­count, ‘like’ or ‘fol­low’ your favourite stores.

Con­tact­ing com­pa­nies on so­cial me­dia can also gen­er­ate a much faster re­sponse if some­thing goes wrong than if you call or email.

if you don’t use so­cial me­dia, reg­is­ter to re­ceive the re­tailer’s email news­let­ter. Top­shop, for ex­am­ple, of­fers cus­tomers who sign up a 15 pc dis­count on their first order.

avoid junk mail by set­ting up a ded­i­cated email ad­dress.

SEE IF YOU CAN GET IT FOR NOTH­ING FIRST!

BE­FOrE buy­ing some­thing, see if you can get it for free via web­sites such as freecy­cle. org or

ilove­free­gle.org. The sites con­nect peo­ple who have things to give away to those who need them.

you just join your lo­cal group, re­spond to posts advertisin­g items then agree a pick-up time.

Lo­cal groups on Face­book work in a sim­i­lar way. For ex­am­ple, Free Stuff manch­ester UK has more than 13,000 mem­bers and Brighton Free­bies UK has 9,500.

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