Tuesday 12 December 2017

Adrian Weckler's expertise: Top shopping tips for Black Friday weekend

Sony's RX100 camera
Sony's RX100 camera
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

Ready for a bargain this weekend? Take some of Adrian Weckler's advice on board first.

1. How to check if it's really a sales deal

Retailers claim products are discounted more than they are. Harvey Norman is touting Sony's RX100 camera (right) as a Black Friday deal for €429, claiming it "was €469". But it has been priced at €429 for months. Argos says its €259 Panasonic Lumix TZ60 camera "was €369", but it was €309 in August. Check the WayBack Machine for earlier pricing.

2. Suss out the value of a sale price with an immediate comparison

Instead of visiting a dozen websites, check the price of something on a reliable price comparison website such as pricespy.ie. This should also give you local pricing versus offshore (but online) UK or EU pricing.

3. How to get around 'no Irish delivery' clauses

If a UK-based retailer 'doesn't deliver' to Ireland, you can still buy from it using services such as ParcelMotel (above) or AddressPal. Your package gets delivered to a post office or Topaz garage or some other designated location, where you pick it up with a PIN code or by showing photo ID. It costs between €3.50 and €25 depending on the package. You can also return items using the same method.

4. With online shopping, you have extra rights to return a product with no questions asked

Buyer's regret? Thanks to the EU's 14-day cooling off period, you can change your mind within 14 days and return it to the seller for a full refund. It doesn't have to be faulty.

5. Use a PC, not a phone

Phones still give an inferior, slower experience at buying things online, with many ecommerce vendors still optimising for laptops and desktops.

Irish Independent

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