After multiple discussions about why razor blades are so expensive , Linda decided she wanted to try out an electric razor to see if she would like it. So the next day when she was at Target picking up some household items she purchased one. I rarely buy stuff like that at Target, mostly because it is hard to tell if what you are buying is junk. My lovely wife on the other hand is much less concerned about it – she just wants it as soon as possible. Anyway, she returned with a Remington WDF4830 that Target sold for about $42.00 after tax. I was curious about whether or not Amazon.com would have it at a better price and after checking it turns out that Amazon had the same shaver for $36.77 (including their free shipping). But more importantly I discovered that the razor didn’t really have very good reviews. Then, I decided to check to see the other women’s electric razors that Amazon carried. And I quickly discovered that they had a Panasonic ES2207P which had all the features that Linda was looking for. The razor not only had a 4.5 star rating with 145 reviews but it was also half the price at $22.99 (including shipping)! This whole process on Amazon took about 3 minutes. Good reviews are important! I find that sometimes people don’t care much about how a product is reviewed. But you can really get some very valuable information from reviews – especially when there are a bunch (100+). When I am shopping I am thinking about two things that both pertain to saving money. I am looking for the best price for what I am looking for now. Like mentioned in the example above the exact same product was over 10% cheaper at Amazon.com. Many products have even deeper price variances. I care about the product lasting for a long time. I would rather spend a few dollars more to have a good razor that will last 15 years, than buy a junky one that will have to be replaced every 4 years. This is where the real cost-savings takes place. The moral of the story: By spending just a few minutes checking only one other store (Amazon) we got a much better product at half the price. What deals have you gotten from shopping around? Related Articles: The Online Shopper’s Toolkit 8 Tips To Save Money On Your Christmas Shopping Buy Cheap Cell Phones Online: Amazon Wireless How to get free shipping How to sell books on Amazon and make money! I just signed up for Amazon Prime 5 ways to Save Money on Books Bob enjoys dark chocolate, paying off debt, giving, Foosball, loose-leaf tea, helping people succeed, learning, anything God created, playing guitar, doing things the “long” way, Philippians, excellence, Chick-Fil-A, and making his wife smile. He started ChristianPF in 2007 and Co-Founded Blogging Your Passion in 2011. Find him on Facebook & Twitter . The articles on this site are for entertainment purposes and should not be taken as financial advice. Please contact a financial professional for specific advice regarding your situation. Also, many of the CPF articles help us pay the bills by using affiliate relationships with Amazon, Google, eBay and others. Find out more here .
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