The top 10 tips for winning in the sales

So, Christmas nearly upon on us and Boxing Day sales start. Making sure you know how to get the best deals, use your time wisely and knowing what to do when things go wrong will all help you grab the best bargains.

1) Plan what you want. Make a list of things you would quite like to buy. Don’t fall foul of the pack mentality that we saw on Black Friday. People fighting to grab the “bargains” and then saying “I didn’t even want a telly”.  It is not a bargain if you don’t really want it.

2) Make a list of the various stores you are likely to find those bargains. If you are going out to shop work out the best route to do to save you the most time and allows you to return to shops which you think you are most likely to want to return back having seen other stores.

3) Do your online research. Using your list, look up all the stores likely to have sales, mooch around the sites making a note of things that you would like if they were in the sale. Even put them in your basket so they are in there ready before other people if you intend to start at 12.00am on Boxing Day!

4) Think about next Christmas and presents that you will need to buy. Things like jewellery, toys, games and toiletries are always discounted everywhere and don’t have a best before date!

5) When shopping online use your list of items and compare prices. Just because it is discounted it does not mean that it is the best price. Use comparison websites too, or simply put the item into Google and see all the places the item is also sold.

6) When purchasing items online you now have 14 days in which you can change your mind and return the item under the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013  if the item is faulty the retailer has to pay for return postage. If you just change your mind then it will be down to the retailer’s Terms and Conditions which will be listed on the website.

7) Watch out for delivery costs. These might make the items less of a bargain compared with another site. Some of the bigger more well known stores will offer free delivery for orders over a certain amount. Simply order something else to reach the free delivery amount, such as a gift you can put away or something you know you will need in the future and bingo, free delivery. Or use the “free delivery to store” option, you’ll still get to the bargains in time but should have a few days grace in which to pick up the item(s).

8) Whether purchasing items in the sale or not, if you return an item because you changed your mind or it is an unwanted gift then the retailer does not need to refund the item. (Many of the bigger retailers will, however usually by voucher and at the cheapest price the item has been sold at). However if the item is faulty, unless the fault was pointed out at point of purchase (e.g. this jumper is discounted because of a mark on the sleeve) then you are entitled to refund, replacement or repair. See here for more details.

9) You do not need to have a receipt but you do need a proof of purchase so a credit card bill for example is fine if you are returning goods.

10) If the retailer does not keep to delivery deadlines then you are entitled to redress.

Good luck in your bargain hunting and don’t be fobbed off when complaining! Lots of tips around the blog and of course in the book!

PS Don’t forget to use a cashback site when shopping online. The best I have found is Topcashback.

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Complaining is good for your health!

Complaining is frequently thought of as negative. But followers of this blog will know that I don’t see it like that all and when I posed the question on LinkedIn I think I made it quite clear how complaining can be positive if done in the right way.  But not only can it be a positive thing it can also be good for your health.

Imagine this. You’ve spent a quite a bit of money on that telly and within weeks it isn’t working properly. Slightly stressful. You are becoming increasingly annoyed about not being able to watch your favourite programmes properly, eventually contacting the trader to be told that as it’s now over 6 months you will have to pay for the telly to be sent for a repair. That’s a rise in blood pressure likelihood. You have to pay more money and be without the telly for ages. That makes you very stressed and puts strain on your heart. Too much stress is bad for your health. Had you followed some simple tips for complaining effectively, stress would not have accumulated and you would be a happy bunny sat in front of your new telly.

Whilst you were without your telly you were complaining and that was negative. No, not in my world. What you were doing was moaning and at best complaining ineffectively. That has a negative impact on your whole outlook.

Here’s how it could have been different.

1) Telly stops working have an almighty scream at it and everything around. That will make you feel better as a vent often does.

2) Then do something about it. Focus on a solution. Continuing to focus on the problems and how they are affecting you have a negative effect. Contact the trader explain the problem and request a refund, repair or replacement. (More details on the Consumer Rights Act 2015 ). This approach will provide you with a positive outlook.

3) If the trader tried to fob you off, assert your legal rights. Common fob offs and how to deal with them here. That will certainly make you feel positive and strong.

4) Complain in writing if you don’t get what you want from the outset. It will make you feel better venting your frustrations and you can rewrite and rewrite until you are happy with it. You can’t do that when speaking and complaining in writing stops emotional outbursts which are likely not to get you anything you want in any case.

 

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And of course, to complain effectively you need  to get the GET THE BOOK! How To Complain: The ESSENTIAL Consumer Guide to Getting REFUNDS, Redress and RESULTS! 🙂 🙂

 

 

 

So, who hasn’t felt better after successfully complaining and who has felt good moaning about or ignoring a faulty item and doing nothing productive to get the matter resolved?