How to buy online and get great discounts

Here I will share my personal experience of buying online a Sony Flash Memory HD Camcorder (Black) Model HDR-CX260VE. I visited a Sony showroom. I was told that this handycam was priced Rs.34990. Then I made a Google search for the same camcorder for the cheapest price. To my surprise, Indiatimes online shopping quoted the camera @ Rs.24650.

Remove your fear of shopping online

I advise the people to remove their fear of buying their requirements online. I have been purchasing online various products required by me for the past several years. This saved me from botheration of going from shop to shop and thus saving a lot of money on transportation. This also saved my valuable time visiting several shops. The only thing I took care of was that I fist found out whether the online shop is a reputed one. This can be easily done by browsing the internet. I have observed that the products you buy online exactly meet the specifications for which you place the order online.

How to buy online

For making your online purchases, it is advisable to register with the online shop irrespective of the fact whether you buy anything from that shop or not. Remember your user id and password for the particular shop. Always create a strong password with alpha-numerical characters also including one or two special characters. Secondly, you must have a credit/debit card or an internet bank account. Of course, there are online shops who allow cash on payment delivery to your home at specified cities. Please not the shipping time offered by the online shops. It usually takes one to two weeks for a domestic delivery and may take five to six weeks for an international delivery. You are given various payment options by the online shopkeeper. You have to select one according to your convenience. Keep the email confirming the order safe and use it for tracking your order if delayed.

How to get great discounts while buying online

First of all make sure what you want to buy. Make a note of the model number and or specifications of the product. It is better to maintain a list of online shops for easy contact and references. These can be easily searched from internet by making a Google search. Make a Google search of your product giving its name, model number etc. Browse through the various online shops and find and compare the prices offered by different shops. Place your order with the online shop which gives you the best price of the product. Usually, the price may vary by a few hundred rupees. If you are lucky as it happened in my case you may save in thousands by buying a product online.

The product I bought online at a discount of Rs.10,000

I used the procedure given in the preceding paragraphs to buy online Sony's Flash Memory HD Camcorder (Black) Model No. HDR-CX260VE (the image from the company's official website is given below). It is a 1920 x 1080 Full HD handycam. The compact and portable camcorder with a 16GB internal memory, an "Exmor R™" CMOS sensor, 30x optical zoom with 55x extended zoom, 8.9 Megapixels Still Picture. 3" LCD touch panel and 29.8 mm wide angle Sony G lens fulfilled my requirements. The camera quoted at Rs.34990 at the Sony Showroom was bought online from Indiatimes Online shopping at Rs. 24650 thus saving over Rs.10000. A search made at various online shoppers for the same product resulted in a price difference of a few hundred rupees. All the accessories and the specifications for the supplied camera were the same as were obtained by me from the Sony Showroom. So, I advise the people to always compare the discounts offered by various shops whether buying offline or online.


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