Cyber Monday is the first Monday after Thanksgiving (December 2t, of the year) and online retailers know it’s the busiest day of the year. Now, Australian shoppers are getting in on the action and getting some amazing deals – and just in time for Christmas.
With Cyber Monday just around the corner, here are 9 tips to make sure you get the most out of the biggest online shopping day of the year.
1. Update your browser and antivirus software
Make sure you have the latest version of your browser and antivirus software. While most credit cards have fraud security technology, it’s best to avoid being scammed.
2. Make a shopping list and browse ahead of time
Cyber Monday is like an international online Boxing Day sale, and you will be part of a mad hunt for bargains. Target what you want in the previous days. On sites like Etsy, small stock reserves and products can be sold quickly. So it’s important to prioritize. Also, check past prices to make sure that the reduction is genuine.
3. Create a budget – and stick to it!
This is probably the hardest part. Some specials only last a few minutes, and the site will bombard you with annoying offers, so sticking to a budget can be difficult, especially if you’re an impulse shopper. Things move quickly on Cyber Monday and items in your cart may not be there at check out, so this is the domain of the savvy shopper. Keep a limit on what you’re willing to spend, and make sure you have a valid credit card.
4. Check the cost
International transfer fees, delivery fees, conversion fees; there are so many ways for a bargain to become a rip-off. By choosing a free shipping site, and using a credit card with no international transaction fees for purchases, and no currency conversion fees, you can keep things in check.
5. Check the specials
Stay on top of things by finding out who is a price match, offering free shipping or free return offers. It’s also a good idea to subscribe to e-newsletters from retailers and befriend or follow them on social media on the dates leading up to Cyber Monday. Many places will publicly offer their followers offers.http://www.28degreescard.com.au
6. Calculate the delivery time
Chances are you’ll be buying Christmas presents as well as something for yourself, so to make sure there’s something under the tree, check shipping times and rates.
7. Read reviews
Don’t get caught up in a rush sale and buy things you don’t really need. With the US$1.5 billion spent on Cyber Monday in 2012 and 2013 expected to be even greater, you need to read up on what you buy and where you buy it. Check customer and professional review sites before spending a fortune.
8. Double check!
Before you complete any purchase, make sure that your billing and credit card information is correct and that you are not being charged any hidden fees. Shipping costs and unfavorable exchange rates can sting you before you pay.
9. Check for fine print and play it safe
It is also important to make sure that the place will ship to Australia, and that your card is accepted before you try to buy. Some deals are for US and Canada only. Lastly, make sure the retailer you use is well known and keep an eye out for fly-night operations looking to cash in on shoppers caught up in the rush of spontaneity.
Shop with ease and confidence this Cyber Monday with a 28 Degree Master Card.
This guest post was contributed by 28 Degrees.