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I’ve always said you either save money or time when you are shopping. I don’t have copious amounts of either, to be honest, but I have tended to steer towards saving time. Who has the time to potter around various shops looking for bargains these days?
I was recently introduced and asked to evaluate a new type of shopping service Beat My Price. If you are looking to buy a particular item, you enter it into the search engine and the Beat My Price people will do the hard work for you – looking to see if you can get the item anywhere else cheaper.
This is isn’t an instant service – You are told that they search can take up to 24 hours but is more often than not, a lot quicker.
The idea is that you are searching for well known items from large brands or stores. I searched for items that we would tend to want to do a bit of shopping around for or that fit in well with our usual shopping habits. In other words, I went for foodie items and swimming costumes!
The first thing to do is register with the website – This takes less than 2 minutes. It is a clear form and not too many questions – I am not sure why we are asked for Date of Birth though.
The cooking items were really easy to find – I did a google search for Spiralizer and quickly came across John Lewis’ version. I clicked on the URL and pasted it into the Beat My Price search bar. I was impressed that John Lewis’ brand is recognised as being included. Less than 1 minute later I received confirmation that a search is underway for that particular product.
My next item was a Le Creuset Cast Iron Skillet – I chose Almond colour as I wanted to be specific and see how up to date the search is. I was pleasantly surprised that a search for Almond was accepted instantly – Again from the JL website. A couple of minutes later though, I received an email asking me to clarify which colour with a drop down list. No trouble, it was really quick to choose the Almond.
My next product was a Ricer (This is like my dream shopping list – can you tell?). I avoided John Lewis as I want to give other stores a good test so came up with Amazon. The most obvious choice was an OXO Potato Ricer which was again accepted with no bother in the search.
I then changed my searches to swimming costumes – We buy a LOT of swimming costumes! I tried both of the major online stores that we use – Swimshop and Proswimwear but it seems they are a little too specific for this sort of search. I can’t say I’m surprised really.
We received the results of our searches within the 24 hour period (apart from the Le Creuset which was only 27 hours). I must say, I’m was really intrigued to see what the results were. For the Le Creuset were would have saved £7+ – We were directed to Fireworks Merchant Limited that I had not heard of beforehand so it was useful to find new suppliers. The other items were smaller savings but savings nonetheless. You are also given details on postage/courier costs which helps. From what I have seen so far, I think bigger purchases would be ideal for this type of search – You would be likely to save more as well as saving you time searching around.