How to be smart while online shopping and how to make the best use of various tools available to ensure you always get the best deals. We’ve outlined few tools that should help you to be a savvy shopper
CamelCamelCamel (The Camelizer)
This is an extension that can be installed for your browser. Click on the icon for The Camelizer when you’re are on the product page. Once pressed, the tool should give you privce history of a product on Amazon and third party sellers. A great tool to check if the current price is actually the lowest price. You can also use their website instead
Pricespy a price comparison site and is simple to use. It provides comprehensive list of prices from various retailers. You just have to type in the product name and allow the site to do it’s magic
The site says 20% off everything. You can buy everything with points on the site. Good thing is that you can buy points with you card to buy stuff and ensure 20% off everytime
Quidco can be used through its site or mobile apps for iOS and Android. Quidco makes money by sending customer to online store and in return it pays the customer part of the commission it gets from the store.
Honey has browser extensions for chrome and Firefox. The extension comes in to action as soon as it notices a product page that it has discount codes available for. It works 9 times of out 10 and is a great way to save some money through discount codes. They also have a website called joinhoney which is similar to the Camelizer in terms of providing price history
Online shopping can be a bit overwhelming especially during the days when deals are being offered by almost every website in existence. This also leaves you vulnerable to bad players (online scammers) lurking on the net and waiting for you to make a mistake that they can capitalise on. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not just the bad players that can cause harm but it also helps if you’re bit cautious and follow few rules to keep yourself safe.
We’ve listed down few measures that you can take to ensure you don’t end up having a bad experience while shopping online.
Use Credit Card or Paypal:
It is always safer to use credit card compared to a debit card as credit card offers additional protection in case the product fail to arrive or if is not as described. If you don’t own a credit card then we would recommend signing up for PayPal and paying through it as PayPal provides similar protection for online purchases.
Check final total before checkout
Sometimes you’d come across a deal too good to be true on a genuine website and in the excitement may miss checking final total. You need to check the final total properly before checkout to ensure that the quantity is right and that the shipping cost is not too exorbitant and does not exceed the original product price without discount.
Ensure you’re using Secure checkouts
When you’ve decided on what to buy and filled your online basket with goodies the next stage is to check out. This is when you provide your personal like shipping address and phone number. The next step is where you provide credit card details. When you’re on this page ensure that it provides an encrypted checkout and that you see a green padlock in the URL space (webaddress). We recommend running miles from any site not providing an encrypted checkout even if it is the product you’ve been saving for.
All banks now have online banking available and in most cases they also provide mobile banking. There would be a feature that allows you to opt-in for notifications (email or text alert or onscreen notification on mobile) that is sent to you as soon as there’s a purchase made of certain amount with your card. This will alert you of anything unusual that you may think is potential scam purchase using your account
You’re likely to receive numerous offers during the sale season. You need to be alert about the emails you receive and who you receive them from. It is likely that a scammer is sending email about an irresistible offer and will run away with your money as soon as you provide your details online by clicking their link. Always check senders email address (not just the name) and if it looks suspicious to you in any way then it is advised you mark the email as spam/junk
Be wary of details you share online
Some of the phishing scams mentioned above may request additional information like your date of birth, mother’s maiden name, card PIN etc. While your shipping address and your name is required for purchase other personal information is not required especially your card PIN. This could be a someone after your card details by posing to be a shop. Be alert about such information request and stay away from such sites.
Manage your online passwords
It is difficult to remember all passwords you create for online shopping. However it is important you create different accounts using different passwords and store them in a password manager to ensure your account is not compromised. There’re free password managers like Keepass that’ll do the job just well.
If you are someone still on Snow Leapord who is pondering a move to Lion or someone who has more than one Mac and still have Snow Leapord running on some of your Macs then you may want to install this tool “Scroll Reverser” that will help you set scroll behaviour similar to that of Mac OS X Lion. This tool helps Snow Leapord users to start using and learning the new scroll behaviour and for people with Macs on different versions of Mac OS to unify the scroll behaviour across all Mac machines.
When you install and run Scroll Reverser it’ll add an additional item to your menu bar on the top which will allow you to choose the preferred scroll behaviour. Select “reverse scrolling” from the menu and you’re all done. This will also reverse the horizontal scroll to make it similar to that of Mac OS X Lion.
Having upgraded to Lion (Mac OS X 10.7) I realise that one of the biggest change that initially bothers you and takes some time to get used to is the reverse scroll behaviour that Apple has enabled as default in the new operating system. Like everything else, you get used to it after a couple of days of usage.
You can set scrolling gesture back to what it used to be in Snow Leapord through the preference menu. Personally, I recommend not to reverse the default that comes with Mac OS X Lion but to try and get used to the change. Though it takes some time to get used to, it probably would be worth in the long run. Apple is trying to unify the operating systems (iOS and Mac) and this change is a result of the unification. There is a strong probability that there would be only one OS running on both the desktops and tablets. Even if it doesn’t, Apple is trying to bring in a similar usage experience on both devices so that new users can easily adapt to the OS and easily switch between Apple devices owned by them. It is likely that future changes will be in line with new scroll behaviour and eventually one will have to adapt to the change. It is better to start now then to leave it for later.
A lot of users seem to be annoyed by the scroll behaviour on Mac OS X Lion. There are complaints about it not being intuitive and difficult to adapt. The scroll behaviour in Mac OS X Lion which is termed by Appleas “natural scroll” can be easily reversed and set to what it was in Snow Leapord.
Follow steps below based on whether you have a Magic Mouse or a Magic Trackpad.
For Magic Mouse
1) Go to System Preference
2) Select Mouse under Hardware in System Preference
3) Uncheck “Move content in the direction of finger movement when scrolling or navigating”
For Magic Trackpad
1) Go to System Preference
2) Select Trackpad under Hardware in System Preference
3) Uncheck “When using gestures to scroll or navigate, move content in the direction of finger movement.” (in Old Macs)
Under Scroll & Zoom; Uncheck “Scroll direction: natural” (In New Macs)
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