There is plenty to choose from in the online shopping discount market – here are some of the best options.
NEW YORK — There is no shortage of ways for shoppers to save cash online, although some methods, no doubt, work way better than others.
For savings-savvy shoppers, the hunt for the best discount consumer shopping sites is both a valuable one (yes, you can save money) and a fun one (who wouldn’t get a kick finding that Hermes scarf or Calloway 3-wood at 90 percent off?)
The challenge is cutting through myriad discount and coupon sites and slicing the wheat from the chaff.
In that spirit, let’s through our hat in the ring with some top nominations for the best discount online consumer shopping site in the U.S.:
Snagshout: In the company’s own words, Snagshout creates a social connection between shoppers and brand owners. “With Snagshout, shoppers can ‘snag’ a deal for their favorite products (up to 90 percent off) and then write an honest review to help other potential customers make a decision,” the company says in a statement. Snagshout works alongside Amazon to serve as a product discovery platform for shoppers to purchase consistently updated products ranging from groceries to clothing in exchange for their honest review, the company reports.
FatWallet: FatWallet is popular among shoppers for its cash-back reward program. According to the company, FatWallet works with retailers to let customers know about thousands of special offers, discounts and coupon codes. When a customer takes advantage of a deal, the brand receives commission that they return back to customers as a cash back reward. “It’s really a triple threat for deal hunters and saves the average shopper the time of doing all the research, with hot deals and insider tips from your peers (deal forums), coupons and discounts from retailers, and cash back from FatWallet,” says Brent Shelton, spokesman for FatWallet.
Overstock.com: Consumers may recognize the name from Overstock’s ubiquitous advertising campaign, where the deals seem to be flying. Shoppers seem to agree. “I love shopping through Overstock,” says Angie Nelson, a frequent visitor on the site. “I recently purchased several rugs through the site that were priced less than 50 percent of what they were at our local home furnishings store. And, the shipping was free. Plus, the Liquidations category often features deals at 75 percent off or more.” You can also stack those savings with an additional 3 percent cashback, when you go through Ebates first, Nelson adds.
Rather-Be-Shopping.com: For a quick return on your money, try this online discount site, where visitors spend on average, three minutes on the Rather-Be-Shopping site, and save $14 when they do so, claims the company. “We also currently have over 10,000 online coupons on the website, and users can sign up for free ‘coupon alerts’, which allows them to pick their favorite stores and get an email when we add a coupon that fits their criteria,” says founder Kyle James. “You never miss a coupon again.”
Raise.com: Raise bills itself as an online gift card marketplace that has popped $27 million back into consumer pockets so far this year, according to Meghan Fox, the company’s marketing manager. “On the marketplace, you can buy gift cards below face value with average savings up to 16 percent off or sell your unwanted gift cards for cash,” Fox notes. With more than 3,000 brands featured on the site, she adds, consumers can find the best deals before stacking with in-store sales or coupon codes. Currently on Raise.com, Fox says you can by a McDonald’s gift card for 20 percent off, a Bed, Bath & Beyond card for 8 percent off and a Home Depot card for 7 percent off.
Other competitive online discounting sites include Price Grabber, Passion For Savings and Yipit. Try any of the above, and see if they can’t cut your retail spending by 10 or 15 percent — or way more, depending on the price of that Hermes scarf.