With the holiday season approaching, many people who don’t usually shop online are going to take advantage of e-commerce sites to save time and money.
And, smart shoppers are likely to use one or more of the many price comparison sites including free listing sites such as Google Product Search and TheFind.com as well as sites that charge merchants to list their products. When you compare prices, make sure that you factor shipping costs into the mix.
Shipping has risen quite a bit over the last couple of years, in part due to fuel costs and fuel surcharges. In addition, some shippers (notably UPS) charge a standard weight for odd-size or large packages.
Because of rising shipping cost, many online retailers continually review shipping options to make sure they offer the best deals to their customers, no matter how they calculate shipping. Others aren’t as careful, and can make it difficult for customers to quickly and easily get accurate shipping rates. This post will explain why and give you tips on what to look for to make sure you get the best deal.
With competition for online stores, actually ALL stores, being so tough these days, some retailers tend to “gild the lily” so that their products appear to have the lowest total cost on price comparison sites.