Top 10 Tips for Online Bargain Hunters
1. Know What You Want
This is rule number one. You got to know what you want to buy ahead of time the day before they start selling. That way, you’ll have enough time to do all the preparation work.
2. Fast Internet Connection
If you still use DSL, or even worse, a 56k modem, then the chance for you get that deal is none. Get real high speed internet like FIOS, cable, or T1.
3. Download Multiple Browsers
Sometimes a particular web browser works better for a specific online retailer, so download and install all major browsers (i.e. Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari) on your computer before it’s too late. Put the retailer’s site in the trust site zone to speed up load time.
4. Create Accounts Ahead of Time
Most online retailers require buyers to create their accounts before letting you check out. Do it ahead of time and remember to login first before the deal starts.
5. Store Personal/Payment Information Ahead of Time
After creating your account, store your shipping address and payment information in their system to save you some steps to check out an item.
6. Get Familiar with their Website
What the title says. Knowing their website’s layout and checkout process ahead of time can save you a lot of trouble.
7. Disable Your Firewall, Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware Programs
Your internet security suite will dramatically slow down your load time, so disable them to speed things up. Be careful though. Now your computer is more vulnerable than ever, do not go to any sites that you don’t trust.
8. Standby Early
If the retailer tells you that they’ll start selling at 10:00 a.m. EST, be ready at around 9:30 a.m EST! That’s because those sneaky bastards sometimes start selling 15 minutes prior to their official start time without telling you. Therefore, don’t be surprised if the on sale item is all gone before 10:00 a.m.
9. Use Shortcut Keys/Buttons to Refresh
Server timeout? Keeping refreshing! Your time is running out, so use your shortcut keys/buttons on your keyboard or mouse to refresh instead of rolling your mouse pointer all the way over to the refresh button on your browser and then click on that fresh button repeatedly. Also, you got to know how to take advantage of tap-browsing by now. Use multiple taps to add items to cart and refresh as necessary to increase your success rate.
10. Communicate with Experts while Trying
No matter how good you are, a hundred healthy brains are always better than yours. Someone is going to discover some easier ways to seal the deal. While frustrating on checking out the damn item, go to slickdeals.net or fatwallet.com to see how the others are doing. You’re going to see more whinners than helpers there but don’t give up trying.