The holiday shopping season is almost here. And if that thought makes you cringe, FOX 5 has some ways to help you stretch your dollar. Chances are, you can find a lower price on what you're looking for by doing some research online.
Consumer guru Richard Warner with What's Up Interactive says, "If you factor in the cost of shipping and you still save money, web shopping is definitely the way to go."
Warner says first thing's first, know exactly what you're looking for. "What's the size, the color, the hard drive size. The devil's in the details with these things." Warner says, "I would type in the specific model number of what I was shopping for and find out what comes up on Google or Bing." He says, "Get a range of prices you're dealing with and then go to the big guys: www.amazon.com , www.ebay.com .
After you've found a great price, Warner has some advice before you buy: make sure the item is in stock, check the return policy, always pay with a credit card, and always use a website you trust. He says, "If you have trouble, and trouble happens more often than you might think, the smaller websites are not going to be as apt to make you a satisfied customer."
And Warner says a good way to decide whether to trust a retailer or website, is to search for information about them on social media sites. He says, "If people aren't satisfied, social media will tell you. Go into the Google search box and type in the name of that retailer and find out what other people are saying about it before you commit your money."
Here are more websites that Warner says could help you find some good deals.