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Asked on 10 Sep 2018

Do you save more money shopping online, or going to traditional offline merchants?

I have some friends who do all their shopping online, while others say only some products are worth getting online. So what is worth getting online and what is not?

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Cedric Jamie Soh
Cedric Jamie Soh, Director at Seniorcare.com.sg
Level 8. Wizard
Updated on 05 Jun 2019

Of course you save money on ecommerce online shopping.

There is a simple reason - RENTAL.

I have online health store like Manuka Honey Or Elderly Diapers, Ensure Glucerna Jevity Milk or even just Pet Food like dog treats

I can reduce the price that is lower than retail stores because I am not paying high rental for mall space. I am not paying high salary for retail assistants to help. I am not paying utility, renovation, etc for shop. Warehouse space is so much cheaper, and warehouse assistants are easier to find.

Its the same in overseas, you can easily find Baby Sling Wrap, Magnetic Blocks, Camping Hammocks in USA whereas they will costs 50% more in stores.

Even for service products like insurance, go online and find General Insurance in Singapore. Its the same theory. Or a Scrap car financing business. They are all moving ONLINE.

The insurance broker, agency, advisors whatsoever need to pay less rent for retail shop, or commercial office space etc so they can still go out there and offer better pricing to the consumers.

In fact we are at Seedly now reading great stuff about financial stuff, because it is so much easier to read online than to turn to Straits Times and try to figure out whatever they dump in front of us. Its just easier to google on Seedly to find the answer we want.

Digital make stuff cheaper.

Nowadays when I have an expensive stuff to buy, I will go Lazada, Shopee, Qoo10 or just google online for good offers to spend my hard earn money. Leaving more for investment or savings.

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You will get to save more online

  1. by saving time browsing and comparing

  2. by discount codes from example shopfest treasure chest

  3. by cash back from shopback

  4. by getting ur cash rebate from credit card which some offline merchant who only takes cash or nets.

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Huang Yixuan
Huang Yixuan
Level 6. Master
Answered on 10 Sep 2018

Shopping online confirm cheaper! Especially if you watch out for sales, the jeans I really wanted 3 months ago is now half price on ASOS haha.

I also shop online cause I Take really Long to make decisions so I can just lie in bed and choose.

especially nowadays ZALORA ASOS etc have free returns so you don’t have to worry bout the fit! I still like shopping in person though, although I prefer doing that overseas.

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Ablah Kethu
Ablah Kethu
Level 4. Prodigy
Updated on 07 Jun 2019

I feel your question should also add time because everything that we should also combine with the time. As in what time you have earned that. I definitely save a good amount comparatively online than offline shopping. If the same offer going on in online and offline then i will definitely opt to buy that in online than offline because here my advantage resides in my comfort and the other things that i save from it like time, energy and other.

Whereas coming to the online shopping you will find more options way and searching and finding the right availability you will only get in online than offline. Searching for hours if time sitting at one place through multiple stores is allowed but searching visiting multiple stores ad roaming in multiple stores not only eat your valuable time but also takes away a lot of things that you save for your sake so i personally feel that online shopping is lot better than offline.

This is why whenever i shop i only opt to check the needed collection and then for the stores offering that in best discounts for me and then will proceed. In all this process Rezeem helps me a lot in the way of checking coupons, offers, promo codes and get that product easily at price.

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Leong Wen Fong
Leong Wen Fong

26 Sep 2018

actually thats pretty true! Spend money to save time or spend time to save money
Jonathan Chia Guangrong
Jonathan Chia Guangrong, Fund Manager at JCG Fund
Level 8. Wizard
Answered on 12 Sep 2018

It'll depend on what you are shopping for. For books, it's definitely cheaper to get it off book depository or amazon. Unless it's locally published. Same for movies and music cds.

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Jay Liu
Jay Liu
Level 7. Grand Master
Answered on 11 Sep 2018

Definitely online. Wait for deals like the recent 9.9 on Lazada and whack all things you want to buy.

Bought 2 logitech z333 speaker(buy 1 get 1 free) for $58(RTP 1 for $109). Could list the another one on carousell for $50 and pray someone would buy it but I guess I'm giving my sister.

What's better shopping online is that they ship to your doorstep. Avoid human traffic, don't have to carry and take bus home, save time.

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To add on:

Save more by putting what you want to buy into wishlist. Collect until you meet the minimum for free delivery.

If you can, always wait for sale or promotions, like 9/9 and 11/11 sales. ​​​

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Xander Lim
Xander Lim
Level 3. Wonderkid
Answered on 21 Jun 2019

Taobao!!

I just started Taobao few months ago! So addictive!! Basically everything u buy it is like 1/5 of the price on Lazada or other website.

Recently I got bored with the Taobao Direct Shipping n Consolidate Shipping methods n upgraded to use 3rd Party Consolidate n Shipping! 1cubic metre of shipping to SG is only 90sgd!! 180 days free consolidation.. My wife is loving it.. Every few months I am getting my restock! Haha

I got all this info from this digital Taobao Guide available on FB @taobaoguide where u can learn all the 'tricks' n 'secrets' to shopping on Taobao.. See https://www.facebook.com/taobaoguide/

Hope this help!

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Wendy Lee
Wendy Lee
Level 2. Rookie
Updated on 07 Jun 2019

Definitely from shopping online but there is a way to earn when shopping online and offline too.

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Leong Wen Fong
Leong Wen Fong

26 Sep 2018

haha care to share some tips?
Jeff Yeo
Jeff Yeo, amateur Social contributor at School of social sharing
Level 7. Grand Master
Answered on 18 Sep 2018

Answer is depends

online shopping is convenient but lately I have bought a washing machine 80 dollars cheaper in store compared to buying online.

That is better even after factoring in Shopback + liveup membership rebates

I would recommend doing extensive research between online and in person

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HC Tang
HC Tang, Financial Enthusiast, Budgeting at The Society
Level 8. Wizard
Answered on 15 Sep 2018

save more online because of discount, discount code, shopback, credit card cash rebate etc

There's places like carousell / gumtree and fb forum selling brand new stuff at great discount.

I do most shopping online. Some brands if there's physical shop presence, you can go try their sizing before buy online from other online marchant. This will reduce sizing mistake, colour diff of pic vs actual items.

Some risk for online purchase vs physical shop:

  1. Actual item quality differ from what it describe online

  2. Groceries may not be so fresh, but if you buy what you have bought before and if is ok the first time, it is quite safe to continue buying the same thing. ​​​

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Good Day Every Day
Good Day Every Day
Level 7. Grand Master
Answered on 15 Sep 2018

It really depends whether there is a promotion or sales. At the end of the day, you have to do your research. Compare prices online and offline.

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Gabriel Lee
Gabriel Lee
Level 8. Wizard
Answered on 11 Sep 2018

With promo codes, cashback, online sales etc., shopping online is usually cheaper. Personally, I prefer to shop online as I can get to compare both products and prices from the different sellers on the go and from the comfort of my home. However, it can be a hassle if the item that you purchased does not fit (apparels) or is faulty (electronics) as you'll have to exchange it either physically (defeats the purpose of online shopping) or through return mailing (long waiting time).

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Ng Jun Siang
Ng Jun Siang
Level 2. Rookie
Updated on 07 Jun 2019

Also consider the time and cost of travel, vs the ease or difficulty of arranging for delivery. I usually buy items online if I can unless

1) I know it will be too bulky to ship cheaply

2) I need to see it to know if it will fit/last, e.g. clothes

3) I'm not too clear what I want and it's easier to ask an experienced salesperson (e.g. reno lighting)

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Leong Wen Fong
Leong Wen Fong

17 Sep 2018

Oh that's a pretty good thought flow, Some things are just too much of a hassle to bring back from the shop