Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Smart Shopping: Websites
These days the price of everything is going up, leaving most of us finding ways to save some cash. In tonight's Smart Shopping, Seven's Reed Cowan has info on some money-saving websites.
WSVN -- We all have our favorite go-to sites when shopping on the web.
Shopper: "I go to yahoo.com."
Shopper "I like Google."
Getting great savings online has never been easier.
Edgar Dworsky, consumerworld.org: "If I know the item, I know exactly what it's called, I'll search different vendors to find the best price."
But fatwallet.com and slickdeals.net do all the searching for you.
Edgar: "It's like having a best friend who knows where all the great deals are."
Both sites have what's called a hot deals forum where other bargain shoppers report the secret steals they found.
Edgar: "There's no one, real person who can know all that stuff, but when we have a community of people, what a great resource."
Edgar Dworsky of consumerworld.org posted what he thought was a great deal on his new TV.
Edgar: "Soon, other people started to say, 'You know, online that same TV is $300 less.'"
The downside, it's not easy if you're looking for a specific item.
Edgar: "You have to like poking around. You're kind of looking at lists of stuff, things that you never really had an interest in. You can't really program it to say tell me about such and such item."
If you do have one item in mind, pricegrabber.com is a good place to start. It compares how much the item is selling for at different retailers.
If you still think the price is too high, try dealalerter.com.
This site lets you enter a product and how much you want to pay for it. Then it finds your deal and sends you an e-mail alert.
Edgar: "They check between 10 and 12,000 stores, everyday and usually multiple times a day, to update their database of prices."
It may take a few days to get the deal you're looking for, but the money saved can be worth the wait.