Online Shopping Fees

The list below are ideas to reduce online shopping costs, risks, and possible claims to get money back.

Some forms of compensation may be complete refund, replacement, credit or markdown toward a future purchase. The refund policies and methods to recover damages vary among each auction company.

To help avoid blame, buy from a marketplace seller that uses tracking identification to help determine status of package after it leaves the seller. 

 

Combine Shipping

Some sellers will offer combined shipping which means you can buy multiple items at one shipping fee. This is usually bound with terms that depend on the number of items, size of items, and within a specified duration of time. (i.e. combine shipping on like items up to three within the same day). This helps spread out this fixed costs over all the items purchased thus reducing the total costs among all items. 

 

 

Late Delivery

If you pay for a freight option such as “Express in 1-2 days” and your item doesn’t show up then you should complain for money back. Even if you didn’t pay extra yet the company provided an estimated arrival date and it missed you may also have a valid complaint. 

 

Late Delivery

Coupon Code

Coupon Code

Coupon Codes, Discount Codes, Promo Codes…whatever name you prefer these are everywhere and just about expected to exist if you’re a consumer. If you’re checking out and notice an option to enter a code for a discount and you don’t have one, usually a few simple steps and you can track one down and save a few dollars. 

Damaged/Missing Parts

This is rather obvious but often there is a time limit of which the company may try to impose. Therefore if you wait too long to report damage or missing parts they may try to use this reason to reject your claim. Look over your item carefully as small problems can eventually grow into major problems when its too late for a claim. 

Lower Item Cost = Lower Taxes

Keep in mind that buyers typically have to pay sales taxes on items. Obviously this is a percentage of the sale so it can be a meaningful amount if purchasing an expensive item. There is no way to avoid this unless possibly buying the item at flea market, garage sale, or some on-line marketplaces. 

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