5 Questions to Ask Before a Big Purchase
After reading this, you'll know whether you should click "buy"—or hold off for now.
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Question #1: Is now really the best time?
Prices fluctuate all the time. And the prices of some products always drop at certain times of the year
. Sometimes, it's when demand is highest (toys before Christmas
); other times, it's when demand is lowest (swimsuits at the end of summer). And while we're on the subject of seesawing prices, you should be aware of dynamic pricing. It's a tactic some e-commerce sites use that relies on data, such as browsing habits and IP addresses (which tell the sites if you live in a more affluent area), to determine an item's price. To outsmart this, once you've figured out the ideal time
to buy, say, a new couch, disable your browser location, clear your cache and try these other tricks
to ensure you're getting the best price.