A Money-Saving Online Shopping Trick

March 28, 2013 | By | Comments (7)

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It may be tempting to browse your favorite retailer’s sites without registering, but doing so may cause you to miss out on some great bargains.

According to a recent study by Listrak, about 19 percent of top e-tailers will send customers a special offer when they navigate away from their shopping cart in hopes of luring them back. More than half of these companies will send the e-mail within 24 hours.

Retailers like Lands’ EndBest Buy, Home Depot, and Zappos reportedly folllow up with shoppers who abandon their shopping carts. I’ve also managed to score a 10 percent discount on concert tickets when I left the ticketing site to mull over my potential purchase.

Moral of the story? It might not be such a bad idea to log in, save the item to your cart, and then step away from the computer for a bit. You might just receive a special offer such as free shipping!

More ways to shop smarter.


  1. tammigirl

    I have noticed when I leave Wayfair they bombard the side ads on facebook and other places, luring be to return with 10% offers

    April 4, 2013 at 11:56 am
  2. Chris in Jersey

    I recently used this tactic at a major arts and crafts retailer’s website. It garnered me a free shipping offer. I saved $15.95!

    April 4, 2013 at 11:58 am
  3. Charla

    Same for me, at places like square trade also…

    April 4, 2013 at 12:09 pm
  4. Laura’s Last Ditch–Vintage Kitchenwares

    While this is a good idea and I’m not knocking it, I prefer to save even more by not shopping, or by hitting garage sales or thrift shops!

    April 4, 2013 at 2:50 pm
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