of Comparison Shopping
is a time consuming activity especially when one is faced with a budget
constraint and/or unfamiliarity of the product or service one is seeking. In
this aspect, comparison shopping is the safest thing to do. The shoppers need to
gather information about the product and/or service to be purchased; and most
importantly the quality and price information. In the traditional commerce
world, the quality and price information are often hard to find, hence, buyers
need to deal with retailers or product specialists to get them. Then there is
the question of biased information.
the information explosion brought on by the Internet, Internet commerce or
e-commerce has developed a unique advantage for online shopping, that is the
availability of product information. The vast amount of information about
products came from the following main sources:
retailers who provide product information in order to attract customers and
compete in a relatively fairer playing field - online shopping
voluntarily provide product information, buying experience and user comments
on products they have researched and/or purchased
advocating consumer protection who offer forum and publish analyses about
products and/or merchants.
sites such as the MWSearch online shopping mart where comparison shopping
information is presented so that shoppers can make the product comparison
before committing to a purchase
philosophy behind MWSearch Online Shopping Mart is to provide a convenient
shopping mart for shoppers to purchase what they need at a fair price and for
merchants to sell their products with minimum overhead. MWSearch will make
selection of merchants based on their reputation, product quality and fair
pricing. MWSearch encourages all shoppers to practice comparison shopping, to
share their shopping experience with other shoppers and offer their comments and
suggestions to MWSearch. MWSearch will constantly review whether any merchant or
business is worthy to be included in its shopping mart. MWSearch will also
cooperate with and support merchants in dealing with frauds in e-commerce, since
frauds essentially add costs to the merchants and ultimately to the shoppers.
the following, we outline a recommended procedure of comparison shopping
for MWSearch shoppers. We believe by following this procedure, shoppers will be
getting reliable goods and services at a fair price. The procedure is as
about what it is you really need or want - Name the product and/or service
the product and/or service on the Internet to gather its basic information:
function, manufacturer and varieties
web sites which provide price comparisons (Note, do not take for granted the
price information is all correct. unfortunately, some of these sites
providing price comparison also sell products hence may have a bias in
presenting the information. Furthermore, price is not the only factor the
shoppers should consider, reliability of the merchant, availability date,
additional hidden charges such as shipping, handling even taxes should be
considered as well.)
your large shopping site which carry multiple competitors to make the
purchase (Note: Go directly to the merchant's web site may not get your best
price since many merchants offer the large shopping sites special discounts
and coupons which are only available through clicking through the large
shopping sites. In the large shopping site, a merchant is usually mindful of
other competitors price offerings on the same product.)
your favorable large shopping sites through your buying experience and book
mark them. Subscribe to their products newsletters so you will be informed
with their special offers.
above procedure is for shoppers who more or less know what they would like to
purchase. For those who don't know what they want to get but do need to make a
purchase (for example, selecting a birthday gift for father, mother or a
friend), the best procedure is to first make a visit to a large shopping site to
do a general browsing. Let the mouse do the walking to find some ideas of things
you may consider. Then follow the procedures outlined above to nail down the
item and make the purchase.
In the following we
list a number of web sites which offer price comparisons and also sell products.
MWSearch does not have any relationship with these sites. MWSearch is not
endorsing them nor have any specific opinion on them. They are provided for
MWSearch shoppers so they may save time in doing the due diligence in following
the above recommended procedure of comparison shopping. There are many more web
sites one can find through search engines which offer price comparison on
various products and services.
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Price Guide UK - Compare UK Prices
The Price Guide UK, with over 450,000 prices of 350 retailers, is a large price-comparison
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New and Used Book Prices
CampusBooks.com compares new and used book prices, including shipping, sales
tax, and coupons at dozens of bookstores. Compare used book buyback prices too.
Compare products and
prices, read reviews and sell your things
First find, then
compare and then buy.
shoppers are reminded to browse the following helpful information before
engaging in online shopping:
To Online Shoppers
chapter contains general advice about online shopping. Click
here to access the chapter and the references included.
By Online Shoppers and Experts
chapter contains reviews and comments about online shopping. Click
here to access the chapter and the references included.
Click Word of Mouth to
access the comments offered by MWS Online Shopping Mart shoppers.
for Online Shoppers
chapter contains tips for online shopping. Click
here to access the chapter and its references.
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