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comparison shopping onlineIt used to mean collecting local newspapers, or going from store to store - still wondering if you really got the best deal in town.

Thankfully, the Internet has changed all that.

Today you can compare prices, check out what other shoppers have to say about the customer service and reliability all at the same time.

Comparison shopping sites can help you find a real deal, but as always it's best to read the fine print.

Comparison shopping tips

Smart online shopping means keeping shipping costs and delivery time in mind. Also take into consideration the quality of the product and its durability -- its no bargain if you have replace the same item a few months from now. So check for a warranty, as well as the online store's return policy.

Unit price? Whether you're shopping online or at the mall, it's still shop-savvy to do a price comparison between sizes of packaged goods. Buying several regular sizes may actually be cheaper compared to an over-priced "buy in bulk" special.

Around the holidays, keep an eye on special sales and free delivery "just in time for Christmas" for even more savings. Meanwhile, it's the smart shopper who will also keep tabs on the best months to buy merchandise. It's better to purchase gardening equipment in September, for example, rather than in April when prices are at their highest.

If you're traveling overseas for any length of time, also check the best comparison shopping in the UK & Europe offering the same online cost savings in Euros along with unbiased customer reviews.

Seems that anywhere you go, it pays to shop around to save money ... so what are you waiting for? Start saving on all your purchases with help from these top comparison shopping sites:

More about comparison shopping around the Web:


Google Shopping - Don't be confused by how much this looks like your favorite Google search engine , because it is - helping you compare the cheapest prices across the Internet. - Here's an easy to use site, searchable by keyword or in dozens of categories to merchandise rated by product rating, popularity, availability and release date.

BizRate Shopping - Check out an easily navigable and huge selection from thousands of online stores selling everything from lawn mowers to discount clothes - together with seasonal merchandise, store coupons, special rebates and incentives, and user reviews.

CNET Deals & Promotions - Here's a good place to start if you're in the market for electronics, featuring reviews, buying guides and price comparisons on the latest equipment with a clearance center, price drops, and special offers.

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