15 tricks shops don't want you to know15 May 2018
Shopping for anything - be it food, clothes, electronics or anything else - is always a balance between finding the right item, convenience, and getting the right price. But can you shop in an even more savvy way at the stores you're already using? You might be surprised to know that at some shops - both online and on the high street - there are little tricks you can use to score yourself an even better deal. Want to be a savvier shopper? Read on for our top 15 tricks the shops don't want you to know.
1. Be sure to look down
This applies to supermarkets in particular, where manufacturers and producers will often pay a fee to have the more expensive products placed at eye level. You'll often find the best deals on the lower shelves, so keep your eyes peeled.
2. You may not need a receipt for a refund
As long as you have proof of purchase (such as a bank statement), it may still be possible to get your money back under the shop's returns policy. Employees are often able to override the need for a receipt, so it's always worth asking.
3. Own brand is often branded
You may assume that supermarket own brand products are inferior to branded equivalents, but many are actually produced by big brands and sold with supermarket labels. It's worth doing your research to find out if your favourite brand is white labelled in this way.
4. Date can matter for online deals
If you're shopping online, it's always worth looking for discount codes to save yourself money. But with 50% of new voucher codes released on a Tuesday or Wednesday, the day of the week could impact on how much you could save.
5. Products at the checkout are there for a reason
In the supermarkets, you'll find sweets and chocolate, in high street stores you'll often find bargain priced products lined up by the till. Shops know that shoppers are suckers for a bargain, so ask yourself, do you really need these goods?
6. Haggling can work
The worst a store can do is say no. This can work particularly well for damaged goods or contracts (such as mobile phones), but it's worth a try wherever you shop. If you struggle with haggling then you can always pop online and check to see if the product is cheaper online, if not then you can always use discount codes to find items for less at top retailers like John Lewis.
7. Abandon your basket
If shopping online, place items you want into your virtual basket, then don't go through and buy. Many online shops will follow up with the offer of a discount if you go back and complete the purchase.
8. Search for filler items
If you're shopping online and are just short of the free delivery total, find the cheapest item you can to make up the difference - often you'll save money AND get an extra product. Amazon is great for filler items like this.
9. Check those guarantees
Often, electrical items are sold with just a one year guarantee - but at shops like John Lewis, you'll often find that a guarantee of two years or more is included.
10. Be wary of "free gifts"
It can be tempting to buy more than you actually need just to qualify for a freebie...but is it something you really need, and is it really free?
11. Look at the floor
Even a shop's choice of flooring can be picked to make you spend. Thick carpets make people walk naturally slower, for example, so they spend more time browsing.
12. Messy displays may be intentional
A pristine display of products can make it look like there's no customer interest - some stores will deliberately mess up display shelves to make it look like a product is in high demand...making you more likely to buy it.
13. Sale prices aren't always cheaper
Some retailers raise the original price of an item before it goes on sale, so the discount looks more attractive to customers, while they don't lose money.
14. Beware outlet stores
Some sell products that are made for outlet store sales only, and can be lower in quality.
15. Make use of live chat
If you're shopping at an online store that has a live chat function, try asking questions about a product before asking for a discount. Apparently it can work - and there's no harm in trying...