bySonu BohraAug 17, 2010 #FbTips 4 Likes
Even the most avid shoppers make some of these mistakes. Make sure you don’t!
Keep this in mind when you go shopping for your beauty products. Each store has a stock of free samples for you to try and eventually buy the full size. Although it’s part of their marketing strategy, many of them forget to offer them to you. If you are interested in that eye cream but aren't sure if it’ll suit you, don’t shy away to ask for a sample. Choose your samples wisely since many products are already available to sample in-store. Don’t request a sample for an eye shadow or blush that is readily available to test out in front of a mirror. The purpose of asking for a product sample to take home is to see how it works for a more extended amount of time (think foundation rather than lip gloss, for example). Plus, they are the perfect size for your travel beauty kit.
Sales associates are hired to sell merchandise, give shoppers customer service and reveal insider product knowledge about the history and quality of the store and their products. But many times they are overbearing or cold, both are their ways to make that sale. But don’t get compelled to buy just because you’ve been surrounded by the staff. Make a decision on your own or with your friend, don’t because the salesgirl suggests it.
Golden rule: Make a list and stick to it. This is especially true when I’m shopping for the house. When you go shopping without a list you will definitely overspend. Make sure you check your pantry and closet so that you don’t hoard or buy what you already have. When you know what you’re looking for, you can compare prices of different brands or at different retailers to ensure you’re getting a good deal.
Whether it’s a sunscreen or that gluten-free pasta, I always make sure I read about the brand and product to know what I’m buying. It’s always good to read some reviews and have basic information about the product you will purchase. Read about the product, it’s quality, any drawbacks and make a sound decision after your research. My last purchase (Shiseido’s Sheer & Perfect Foundation) was done only after I read a few reviews, even though it was from the store itself. I knew it was a light weight foundation perfect for the au naturel look.
This is especially true for online shopping. Always look for an online coupon code or discount code. You can “save” your purchase for later when there’s a better option. Visit Coupons.com, Groupon.com, CouponCabin.com and CouponPal.com for a better deal. Always ask for the ‘best price’ on sites like Ebay and Etsy where you buy directly from the seller. They are almost always eager to sell and you can get lucky with a particular purchase. If you are more of a mall shopper, make sure you keep track of the upcoming offers (Buy 2 Get 1 Free) or keep up with the seasonal sales and promos to save your bucks.
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