MANIC MONDAY: 9 Tips for Cyber Monday Shopping

MANIC MONDAY - 9 Tips for Cyber Monday ShoppingCyber Monday is the first Monday after Thanksgiving (December 2nd, this year) and online retailers know it’s the busiest day of the year. Now, Australian shoppers are getting in on the action and scoring unbelievable bargains – and just in time for Christmas.

With Cyber Monday on the horizon, here are 9 tips to make sure you get the most out of the biggest online shopping day of the year.

1. Update your browser and antivirus software

Ensure you have the latest version of your browser and antivirus software. While most credit cards have fraud security technologies, it’s always best to avoid being scammed.

2. Make a shopping list and browse ahead of time

Cyber Monday is like an international online Boxing Day sale, and you’ll be part of a mad rush for bargains. Target what you want in the days beforehand. On sites like Etsy, stock reserves are small and products can sell out quickly. So it’s important to prioritise. Also, check the prices beforehand to ensure that reductions are genuine.

3. Make a budget – and stick to it!

This may be the hardest part. Some specials last for mere minutes, and sites will bombard you with distracting bargains, so sticking to a budget may be hard, especially if you’re an impulse buyer. Things move fast on Cyber Monday and items in your basket may not be there when it comes to the check out, so this is the domain of the savvy shopper. Keep a limit on what you are willing to spend, and ensure you have a valid credit card.

4. Check the fees

International transfer fees, shipping costs, conversion fees; there are so many ways for a bargain to become a rip-off. By opting for free-shipping sites, and using a credit card with no international transaction fees on purchases, and no currency conversion fees, you can keep them in check.

5. Check the specials

Stay on top of things by finding out who price-matches, who offers free shipping or free return deals. It’s also worth subscribing to e-newsletters from retailers and friending or following them on social media in the dates leading up to Cyber Monday. Many places will offer deals to their followers before the public.http://www.28degreescard.com.au

6. Calculate delivery times

Chances are you’ll be buying Christmas presents as well as something for yourself, so to ensure there is something under the tree check the delivery times and rates.

7. Read reviews

Don’t get caught up in the rush of the sale and buy things you don’t really need. With US$1.5 billion spent on Cyber Monday in 2012 and 2013 expected to be bigger, it pays to be read up on what you’re buying and where you’re buying it. Check customer and professional review sites before spending big.

8. Double check it!

Before you complete any purchase make sure that the billing and credit card information is correct and you haven’t been slugged with any hidden costs. Shipping costs and unfavourable exchange rates can sting you just before you pay.

9. Check the fine print and play it safe

It’s also important to ensure that places will ship to Australia, and that your card is accepted before you try to buy. Some deals will be for the US and Canada only. Finally, make sure the retailer you’re using is well known and watch for fly-by-night operations looking to cash in on shoppers who are caught in the rush of spontaneity.

Shop with ease and confidence this Cyber Monday with a 28 Degrees MasterCard.

This guest post was contributed by 28 Degrees.

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