There’s an assortment of ways you can get bang for your buck online. Don’t be discouraged by authenticity, colour and fit. Many online stores have a good returns policy and you can always try things out in one of our friendly department stores before making your purchase. Cruel? Perhaps, but then so is charging over $300 dollars for a pair of runners. If you’re still unsure it always pays to google the website in discussion threads for any hidden surprises.
I once had my feet fitted for a pair of Asics that came with a price tag so steep I could only assume they were being gift wrapped in gold tissue by Cathy Freeman. “These are great for flat feet”, the salesman said so flat feet and I promptly walked home and sourced them elsewhere.
Start Fitness is my number one pick for running shoes and gym gear. There is always a 10% off discount code floating around and postage is generally pretty quick.
Asics Kinsei in store: $320
Cost online: $150 plus postage
Get your geek on
Whirlpool forums. I credit the people who contribute to these threads for giving me the best possible price on a DeLonghi Lattissima Plus Nespresso machine, an internet/home phone package, a Beefeater BBQ and a DSLR camera. I’m a lurker. And I like to believe they all look like Lord Jon Snow not part-time employees at Games World.
Nars is one of those tightly held brands that is only stocked in limited stores in Australia. I’ve never met a blush of theirs I didn’t like and their Funny Face fuchsia lipstick is the bee’s knees. Kiss and MakeUp NY have a shop front in New York but ship all over the globe from as little as $10. They have frequent sales and coupons available too.
Laguna Bronzer in store – $55.00
Online Cost – $28.50
Sheer Glow Foundation in store – $79.00
Online Cost – $40.00
But they don’t ship here?
Then use a mail forwarding service. I buy my son’s Adidas sneakers from the American store and have them shipped through Parcel it On. There are plenty of these services around but I’ve always found these guys to be thorough and not overly expensive.
Approximate fee: $15 USD
Have you got any other tips for saving money online? Are you a whirlpool lurker like me?