The number of baby shops both online and offline have more than doubled in Australia over the past decade. The growing number of shops is mainly owing to the fact that people find it very easy to buy everything they need from one store. The ‘everything under one roof’ concept also allows for store owners to sell a lot more without having to increase their overhead. However, the growing number of stores have also meant that almost every store has their own pricing procedures, and there are some stores that sell exceptionally expensive products catering to the high end market. This is what confuses many regular people who just want to save money on everyday baby products. If you are one of these people then the below tips should help you find what you want at a low price.
Tip no. 1: Choose to shop online
Online baby shops happen to be a lot cheaper than their offline counterparts. The reason for this is mainly because online stores have less overhead, up to 60% less overhead compared to offline or traditional stores. This allows for online stores to offer a much lower pricing structure. That said you shouldn’t just buy online based on the assumption that they will be cheap because they are equally expensive online stores too. Mostly stores that have a physical location will offer pretty much the same prices as offline stores. So, you’ll want to buy your baby products from an online store that is fully online with no physical outlet or store, this way you know that they are saving in the way of overhead.
Tip no. 2: Comparison shopping
The best way to find the lowest prices is to do some comparison shopping. Once you have decided to buy your items online the next obvious step would be to compare all leading online stores. However, just a simple comparison of all the prices will not suffice because you’ll need to compare individual products which are of importance to you in order to find the lowest prices. For instance if you’re searching for a ‘Babylove convertible car seat’, you’ll need to compare the prices for this particular product across all leading stores. The store with the lowest price will also often be offering other items at a particularly low price too. The only other thing you should keep in mind is shipping prices. There are some online baby shops that charge for shipping so it would be a good idea to add the cost of shipping (if it’s charged separately) into the equation.
Tip no. 3: Use a discount voucher
Many online baby shops also accept discount vouchers. These vouchers are usually sent to subscribers via email whom then either decide to use the voucher for their purchase or they may decide to exchange the voucher for something they can use via a number of online exchange sites. However, these vouchers while offering up to a 25% discount on all or most baby products are hard to find. So, the best way to get these vouchers is to sign up for the online store’s newsletter. You will need to enter in your name and email address to sign up. If you have previously purchased baby products them then you’ve probably signed up by default.
Tip no. 4: Ask for a bulk discount
Baby shops online like www.gracebaby.com.au may not necessarily mention that they offer bulk discounts but when trying to figure out where to buy this can help shorten your list considerably. Email the stores you are considering and ask how much of a purchase would they consider as a bulk purchase and what is the discount they would offer. Factor this into your decision making process since it can slash the price per unit of an item considerably.
Tip no. 5: Don’t buy the extended warranty
Many online baby shops will try and sell you an extended warranty which is around 10% of the price. In most cases baby products already come with a manufacturer’s warranty which should suffice. But when factoring in the price you’ll need to check if a store offers an extended warranty by default. Scratch off this factor from your calculation when comparing rates.
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Manu Alias has been selling baby products for over a decade. He is an expert of everything baby related and has a degree in marketing and advertising. His experience coupled with his own work experience allows him to offer some of the best baby products via his baby shops which are currently among the top five in the industry. Gracebaby in Facebook