How to compare prices
Are you a bargain hunter? Do you know the type of product you’re looking for? Price comparison websites are a good way to find out the best deals from the comfort of your armchair without the need to dash around from place to place.
Sites such as Kelkoo and Pricerunner search the internet to find the best deals and then rank them for you. There are also financial comparison sites, such as Money Expert, where you can also find the best deals on financial products.
In this step-by-step guide, using Kelkoo as an example, we’re going to look at how to compare shopping prices online.
- a computer with an internet connection.
This guide is based on a PC running Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8, but the steps in this process are very similar for Mac users or if you’re using a different browser.
Follow these step-by-step instructions to compare prices
Step 2: When you enter the site, you’ll find a drop-down menu labelled ‘Categories’ on the righthand side. This allows you to narrow down your search from a broad category of goods. If, however, you know the exact description or model of the item you want, you can type this straight into the search box to the left of the ‘Categories’ button. As you type, a drop-down list will appear giving you some likely choices that you can pick by clicking on them. From this point you can skip to Step 9 of this guide. Otherwise go straight on to Step 3.
Step 3: When you click on Categories, you’ll see that a drop down box appears over the top of the website, which contains popular categories. You can choose from one of these - in this case, we will choose Electronics, or click All Categories to view more options.
Step 4: When you come to the category page (in this case ‘Electronics’), you can then choose from the sub-categories on offer. In this case, we will choose Photography.
Step 5: You will be shown a selection of options, such as Digital Cameras and Camera Lenses. We will choose Digital Cameras.
Now on the left-hand side of the screen you can refine your search, either by typing in some criteria in the ‘Refine by keyword’ window and clicking on the blue arrow, or by using the links and slider bars on the left-hand side of the screen.
Step 6: Having narrowed down the selection further, it is possible, by using the dropdown menu, to ‘Sort by Popularity’, ‘Price Ascending’, ‘Price Descending’, or ‘Title Ascending’. Hovering the mouse pointer over an image enables you to see a brief account of features, a list of retailers stocking the product and their prices.
Step 7: Click on the product in which you are interested.
Step 8: You can now see, in more detail, the choices and prices for your chosen item. Click on the Visit Store button to visit the store of your choice.
Step 9: You’ll now be taken direct to the online store where your chosen item will be displayed ready for you.
To make absolutely sure you get the best deal, it’s a good idea to check out a few different price comparison sites before finally buying.
Happy bargain hunting!
Jacklyn Williams is a Digital Unite tutor based in the South West.