It’s shopping season, and you’re likely to be on the look-out for gifts for friends and family in the next few weeks. To limit the damage to your bank balance, you will, of course, want to do your business as cheaply as possible—but how can you spot the genuine discounts from the marketing tricks? And how do you know when a bargain really is a bargain? We’ve got some tips and some tools that can help. The truth is that retailers will usually put the biggest discounts on the goods they’re most keen to get rid of—not necessarily the stuff that’s the best deal or the best value for you. By taking just a little more time over your browsing, you can make sure you come away with buys that are both as cheap as possible and actually worth going for. Check the price history That shiny new gadget you’ve got your eye on might be $75 off today, but was it $175 off yesterday? Is the discount quoted based on the item’s original selling price (which might be from a year or so ago) or on what it’s been selling for the past six months? Checking through price histories can help you answer questions like these. CamelCamelCamel is a great resource to turn to for tracking Amazon prices: Plug in an Amazon URL or some keywords and see how the price has varied over the last month, three months, six months, or year (you can check prices from third-party… [Read full story]
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