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Don’t Get Fooled When You Buy Online

Online ShoppingToday while I searching offers and deals on different etailers in India, I just came across ebay’s deals page. I was amazed to see attractive offers and deals on different category of products that can easily convince you to buy that product online.

Here is the screenshot of their deals page:

ebay deals

Entitled with “mega gadget sale” that start from 7% to 75% discount (this is what I manually found on different products). Then I thought to compare the price of few ebay products with other online sellers like I was surprised to see that the price and the way ebay is making us fool by displaying huge discount.

Let me explain in details

I took a product named “D-Link DIR-600L Wireless N 150” which is under huge discount on ebay. See below image which stat that the old price of this router is Rs 2730 and now available at just Rs 1221 (at 55% discount)! At first glance it looks attractive right? But I thought to check price on

Dlink Router at Ebayebay deals
Then I open and search for the same product. You must be surprised to see that the same product was available at just Rs 1295.30 previously and now after discount, it is available at just Rs 1049

dlink-600L router at Amazon.inDue to festival, most of the eCommerce website starts promoting their product with various deals and offer. But the way eBay is promoting is really surprising for me. Most of the buyers see the % of discount and hardly compare the price on different website and get fooled by seller.

I have been working with big eCommerce vendor since long and I know many vendors are practice such techniques to acquire customers but I never expected this from eBay. Based on my experience, I strongly recommend following below steps before you make your online purchase decision:

  • Once you finalized the product, go to different vendor selling same products online.
  • See the price and shipping options (it may happen that the price of paid shipping vendor is lower than price of on offering FREE shipping). You should check the price of product after including shipping cost.
  • You should also check for different offers like (CC discount, coupon code etc) and evaluate the final cost of the product on each seller including discount.
  • Once you found cheapest seller, read review of their services as cheapest is not always the best. Also check for their return policy and shipping method. I would prefer paying more when I buy from Amazon as compare to unknown seller.

I am sure this will help you to make wise decision when you buy your favorite product on this Diwali and New Year festival season.

Have you ever seen such offers like this? Do share your experience with our readers in comments.

Happy Diwali and Happy New Year !

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Jignesh gohel is a Google Adwords certified professional and digital marketing consultant having over 10 years of experience. He loves writing about gadgets, pay per click advertisement and online marketing.
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  • Fantastic post JG, I like the way you research but the problem is not many users go and search this much. Most people who buy online are youths who do not like price shopping (Atleast in India) and hence no price comparison website is every as popular as the main ecommerce websites. It neither is popular in western countries but still people do use such website but if you talk about hotels/flights search engine, I’ve personally seen users looking at kayak and other engines to find the best rates 🙂

    • Jignesh

      Thank you very much Krunal for your feedback on my given article. I do agree with your point on comparison shopping. What i found is; people do not trust comparison engine as they think that the price may be differ from original website and comparison engine 🙂

      eCommerce market is in initial stage in India and it will take time for both consumer and seller to understand ecosystem.

  • Pratik

    I too agree with your opinion….

    • Jignesh

      Thank you Pratik for you feedback..

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