One of the biggest problems with online shopping is that you never get to “touch” or “see” a product for real. This is why some people end up buying the wrong products online. I have often ended up buying products that were much smaller in size, were made of inferior quality materials and did not work as intended. I am all too familiar with buyer’s remorse, and often I find with low quality products there isn’t a warranty or a good returns policy to fall back on. Wasting money is one of my pet hates, and so I try to avoid it at all costs. That’s why I’m so invested in this blog!
If you don’t want to go through the problems that I did, you should read this post till the end. I am going to tell you the best ways to find quality products when shopping online. Please learn from my mistakes!
Always buy products with good reviews
Whether you are buying branded or generic products, you must always go for products that have good reviews. The reviews should reveal all the good and bad aspects of a product. No product is perfect. For instance, I was recently buying a smartphone online that had all the features I needed, except for its battery. It did not come with quick charging. I got to know about this in the review section.
However, upon reading the reviews, I decided that the phone was worth the price and quick charging was not a concern as I already had a primary phone with me that supported DASH charge.
Reviews help you in deciding the viability of a product. If the reviews of a product lean too much on the positive or negative side, stop and think why it is so.
You should also be wary of fake reviews. Many people don’t realise that companies often pay for users to leave positive reviews in order to swindle the public into ordering their products. Often you can spot a fake review by noting that they have nothing even slightly negative to say. All products have their downfalls. Also, if you want to be extra careful, check when the positive reviews were posted. If they’re posted in clusters over a short period of time, they were most likely bought in a batch to combat negative reviews of the product. Remember that companies can be very sneaky and it’s inevitable that sometimes they’ll catch you out. Just be sure to minimise the risk as much as possible.
View offline, buy online
This is one of the strategies that has worked for me while buying clothing and shoes. However, it could be used for other products as well. Whenever I want to buy something that I need, but I am unsure about the quality, then I go to a local store and check out that product myself. If I am satisfied with the product quality, I buy it online. Usually, buying online provides me with extra discounts, and I am usually sure of what I am buying and what to expect.
On other occasions, I simply go window shopping at a local mall and look for clothes or shoes that I really like. If often click pictures of the things that I like and then look for them online. I usually add them to my wish lists and see if I can find a good discount on them. Whenever the price falls, I get an alert, and I buy them. Simple! This assures me of the quality and provides me a good bargain as well.
Though I am not a fan of running after big brands, I have found that there are some brands that almost always click with me. This list includes some small and independent brands as well that focus more on quality and customer relationships. I always keep checking with these brands and follow them on Instagram. I visit their websites regularly and opt-in for their newsletters as well. Remember, if you find a good brand with great quality products, never let them go.
These were some of my simplest and easy to follow tips for getting the best quality products at relatively cheaper prices.