Why Shopping Around Can Save You Money

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I am in need of a new printer.  Well actually, a new printer, scanner and copier.  Almost all the printers these days do it all, scan, print and copy.

Mine is over five years old, and has decided it is time to retire; time to go to that printer Heaven, where ever that is.

When you think about it, five years is a good old age for a printer, unsure what our five years is in printer time.

You could see it was time for the old thing to retire.  The plastic is getting harder as it ages, and the paper tray has broken off, and it is not quite as quick as it once was.

Age and time catches us all, including printers.

Off Topic Rant:  Why does the ink for printers cost almost as much as the printer itself??

It can be so expensive.

I can buy a new printer for around £30 to £40, but if I want to buy a whole new set of ink cartridges, black and the colour ones, it would set me back close to £30!

I read that manufacturers sell the printers at cost or below, so they can make a profit on the ink.

Similar to selling a razor cheap, and then making you pay a high price for the blades.

It can drive you mad, you could buy a new printer instead of the ink cartridges each time.

OK, rant over.

Shopping Around

It almost goes without saying when we need to make a purchase, we should look around at what products and services are being offered, and also compare prices.  We shop around.

This doesn’t mean that the cheapest item is always the best.  Shopping around involves more than just looking at prices.

In my needing a new printer, I began the process of researching new printers, the price, and also the specifications.

I began shopping around, and you know how I began shopping around….online.

I made a cup of tea, and I sat down with my laptop, and began the research process.

And I am not alone, we all, or many of us begin the process of making a purchase by looking online.  In fact a study showed that 81% of people researched a purchase online.

And why not.

You can see what the product looks like, read the specifications, many times you can see the dimensions, which if you want the smallest of an item is important, and you can also read reviews.

Reviews are important as they tell us as a potential buyer, others experiences with a service or product.

Of course you have to be able to discern between good reviews, bad reviews, and also possibly fraudulent reviews.  These may be reviews the company themselves post to boast about their product or service, and also consumer reviews which may be false or inaccurate.

In some instances if a business receives a negative review, they may address that review themselves as damage control.

However you look at it, reading reviews of an item as a part of our online research is important.


ROPO stands for “research online, purchase offline”.

The premise of this is as it states, and very simple.  Someone may research a purchase online, getting the necessary details, price, and information, only to go to a local brick and mortar shop to actually make the purchase.

ROPO is the opposite of a trend called “showrooming”.


Showrooming is the opposite of ROPO.

In showrooming you may research an item online, but you then go to a brick and mortar store or shop to physically see the item you are considering buying.  However, you do not make the purchase there in the shop, you go back and order it online.

While ROPO may help retailers increase sales, showrooming is the opposite.  People come to just view an item.

And some online retailers can sell products cheaper than stores and shops due to less overhead expenses.

You find that many brick and mortar shops also have web sites selling their products as well.

And it is not just physical products we research and shop around before we buy, it also is in our personal finances, such as insurance and even loans.

Buying Insurance

One area we also shop around is when we buy insurance, be it car insurance, property insurance, etc.  And with all the comparison web sites out there on the big wide web, it is all in one place and they have done the research for you.

According to a survey by the Association of British Insurers, we are more likely to shop around for an insurance policy than for a new mobile phone contract, energy supplier or even a new bank account.

The survey showed that people were three times more likely to shop around for car insurance than a new current account.  And four times more likely to shop around for car insurance than a new mobile phone contract.

The Director of General Insurance Policy at the ABI, James Dalton stated, “This survey proves what a competitive market general insurance has become. It’s great to see that consumers are carefully considering their options and are looking around for the best deal when buying cover. With motor insurance costing an average of £379, and home and contents costing an average £290, the insurance market is highly competitive, so it’s important that consumers understand the importance of shopping around.”

“With more than three quarters of people shopping around when buying motor, home, and travel insurance, consumers are taking advantage of the wide variety of ways to find the best deal to meet their needs.”

Getting Credit

In looking to get a loan, or any form of financing, shopping around is very important in looking to get the best interest rate and deal that suits our needs.

And once again much of the research we need to do has been done for us in the form of comparison web sites. 

However, there still is the issue of getting approved for the loan.  You do not want to go and apply at multiple web sites or lenders in the hopes of getting approved.  Each time a lender reviews your credit history a “footprint” or inquiry is placed on the credit report.  Too many of these will reduce your credit score.

Pre-approved:  You may receive a notice in the post that you are pre-approved for a loan or credit card.  However, are you really pre-approved??

There is a difference between pre-approved and pre-screened.

Many credit card companies will send out mass postings to those people whose credit scores fall within a certain guideline.  How do the credit card companies know the range of credit scores for those they are posting the notices to, they bought a list from one of the credit bureaus.

So while you may receive a notice stating your are pre-approved, if you read the fine print you will see what when you return the application, the lender will then check your credit and fully underwrite the application.

So no guarantee you are approved for the card/loan.

Eligibility Checkers:  Eligibility checkers are a great way to shop around to see if you may get approved for a loan, without having inquiries placed on your credit report and lowering your credit score.

The eligibility checker does a “soft” search of your credit history, which does not leave a footprint, so it doesn’t affect your credit score.

These checkers make the shopping around for a credit card or loan much easier.

There is very little these days that we cannot use the Internet for, especially in researching and shopping around before we make a purchase.  And this includes personal finances, even insurance, loans and bank accounts.

The 4 Reasons Why People Prefer An Android Phone Over An iPhone

When choosing our phones, there are preferences that we consider. Some of us like iPhone while the others prefer an Android phone. Based from experience, there are numerous people who prefer a Galaxy over an Apple. Check out the reasons they have on why the will always choose an Android phone.

1. Phone Choices

It is the top reason of the people and I must say that I agree. If you will opt for an android phone, there is no doubt that there are a lot of phone choices available. There are different manufacturers but mostly using Android system.

2. Customize the phone

Compared to iPhone, Android offers a great opportunity to customize the phone the way you like it. There are different themes, launchers and widgets available to name a few. It is the type of phone that you can customize to reflect who you are.

3. Google Play

We are all familiar with Google Play. Compared to Apple Store, it is very easy to use and it will not require a lot of steps just to get one particular application. The only thing you need to do is search what you want and get it immediately.

4. Extra Memory

It is one aspect that iPhone has failed big time. I am not saying all android phones have expandable memory, but most of them do. There is no need for the consumer to pay for more than a hundred dollars upgrade just because they can’t seem to find a way on how to incorporate the meaning of memory card on their phones.

When it comes to other aspect, iPhone is trying to play catch up with Android phones. However, with these reasons, it is not surprising that that there are more people who would love to own an Android rather than an iPhone.

The Top 3 Gadgets That We Are Waiting For The Year 2017

People are normally curious about the latest things happening around us and that includes the technology and gadgets that we are waiting for. Let’s check out what are the gadgets in store for us in this 2017. Here are the top gadgets we are anticipating for this year.

1. Apple iPhone 8

There is no doubt about the demand for iPhone. As a matter of fact, it is the top more anticipated gadget for this year. There are a lot of great expectations that we can look forward to. It is also specially made in celebration of the company’s 10th anniversary. I’m pretty sure we can expect so much from it, after all, it has been the talk of the town.

2. Samsung S8

Samsung is another force to be reckoned with. If there is an iPhone release, we better expect that there will be a new Galaxy version. You do not have to wait for too long because S8 is projected to be released in the market around late February. If you are looking for a new virtual assistant, S8 might be the perfect phone for you that you won’t need a secretary anymore.

3. Foldable Smartphone (Samsung)

Samsung is taking things to a whole new level. They are expected to release the first foldable phone in the market which many companies have failed to do so. It is going to be a pretty exciting gadget. Think about the big screen phones you have and in a few simple folds, it can already fit your wallet. It is simply amazing, and people would surely have to get a glimpse of it.

These are the top three gadgets that are expected to be released this 2017. Well, what can I say? Things are just getting better and better for every technology released in the market.

The 3 Unbelievable Facts That We Have To Know If We Get Addicted To Phones

We are now in the world of modern technology that even complicated things can be done through our phone. It is true that these days, phones have become a need rather than a simple necessity. I bet almost all people are using smartphones. It’s just that we cannot be too attached when it comes to our phone. Some individuals developed an addiction to mobile phones, and it’s not good. Here are some unbelievable facts that we should know if we get hooked.

1. High risk of depression

There are scientific studies that will show the connection of phone addiction to depression. No concrete facts are released yet but if we think about it, people who are using their phones all the time are those who seemed to have detached their lives from others. They spend too much time being alone, and it can easily lead to being depressed.

2. OCD Development

With our smartphones, we have the capability to change things the way we want it. It is easy to set up things based on how we prefer the settings of our phone. It can lead to severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The way we organize our phones will reflect on our daily lives.

3. Lack of Social Skills

It is not surprising if a phone addict ends up being a loner. It’s because he or she has created a perfect world within their phone. People exposed to this kind of addiction may end up not knowing the right way to interact with other people.

There is nothing wrong if we are using our phone because it is a great help for all of us. We just need to be mindful that we still have a life outside of our phones. If we can take not of that, we can prevent the addiction.