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Welcome to the Online Consumer’s Market

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Written by Quentin Hack

How many times in your life have you tried something new, with the thought creeping up on you later along the lines of: wish I’d known this there and then?

Actually, even better: chances are that you have personal experience with this conundrum. If you’ve ever purchased something that was quite expensive – though totally worth it -, it was somehow less costly somewhere else. Or available with a huge discount only days later. Extremely frustrating, to say the least.

It might take its toll on you. If the purchase ripped quite a chunk out of your budget, you may well start losing faith and trust in the companies that provide these products – or retailers altogether. However, as you come to your senses, it’s simply a matter of information. You should have known better. But could you have?

Oh yes, certainly. There are various platforms that deal with this exact problem. You could, for instance, visit this website to take better care of your wallet’s contents in the future. As soon as you’re after a product that takes some financial planning, you can resort to these comparison services. Just click or enter what you’re looking for, view the results, filter them and you get the best deals possible. Sounds simple enough, yeah?

Well, that’s because it is. It is that simple.

As soon as you know you’re about to make a purchase, you’ve got to be aware of your options. Therefore, we are about to show you the most sensible way to score the best deals. Sure, we’ve already summed it up in the previous paragraph, but we’ll get into a little more detail. So grab that steamy mug, strap in and enjoy the ride!

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Whaddaya need?

A simple enough question. The answer to it, however, might not be so straightforward. Say, you need a new computer. Or an oven. New exercise equipment. You name it! Literally, as you are the one spending the money. The one that made a decision that a new product is necessary to improve your personal or professional life. Then again, it might also be a gift.

All that is quite irrelevant, of course. The point is that you want the product but know it comes at a price. Therefore, it is in your advantage to have this sum be as low as possible. Thus, a comparison between retailers is the way to go! The first thing you need to do is either browse for the category – say, ‘computer’ or ‘washing machine’ – and take a look at the results.

Don’t tell us, educated guess: quite a jumble, eh? Well, that’s okay. The comparison service has merely given you all of the options based on your query. And therefore you’re looking at a page filled to the brim with… stuff. Some of the products might be – perhaps merely in close range of – what you actually need. Some might not. Therefore, a process of elimination is in order. In several simple steps, the results will now be filtered to tailor to your needs. This process will be detailed below, starting with the most important question of all:

Whaddaya got?

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We’ve already established that the cost of the product you’re after might be quite high. Of course, this heavily depends on the desired category. So let’s take a look at that budget of yours!

What’s the most that you can afford to spend on the product? Enter that number into the appropriate box on the website, or use the slider. There! That ought to make at least some difference. At least, it usually does. Because this means that the products that exceed your maximum price have been filtered out of your query results. Now selecting the right fit for your search should be a lot easier.

Ah, but now you may run into a snag: there might be cheaper products or by products – accessoires and the like – that also crop up. In case you don’t need those, you could also consider adjusting the minimum price. That means that you have set a very specific price range, which should only include your desired product and similar items. Now, if that doesn’t narrow things down, we don’t know what to tell you!

Whaddaya require?

No, this is not the same question as ‘whaddaya need’, because this goes into the specifics of your desired product. What kind of features are of the utmost importance to you? Yes, you can also filter those. Go and have a look, what should your laptop, smartphone, washer or other definitely be able to do? In most electronics the storage capacity could be a factor. Or the processor speed. The screen size. Lots of things! And you get to determine those features. As you can imagine, the selection will again be slimmed down after that. So are we there yet?

Whaddaya like?

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That kind of depends on you. Because the brand of the product is either insignificant or means quite a lot. In the second instance, this could be either because you fully trust the manufacturer or because the addition to your collection is fully compatible with the rest of your devices. Whatever your specific reason may be, you can also filter the available brands.

Also note that, should this filter process not yield the desired results, you could also change the order of the above process. For instance, start with the brand and only then define your budget. And then take the other steps into account.

Whodaya trust?

Let’s assume your name is not Bono and that you actually have, at long last, found what you’re looking for. Then this is the moment you start looking for the best deal. Perhaps a retailer came up that you have some experience with, which was positive, hopefully. In that case, it’s a dead giveaway, especially if they offer you a fair price.

Because, be warned: the best price might not guarantee the best outcome! Should you be unfamiliar with some of the retailers that the price comparison comes up with, you could always look for user reviews. Go for a deal with a party that receives the most positive feedback. In fact, why don’t you take an extra step and ask around of any of your friends and relatives have ever bought from said party?

Good luck out there!

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