Shopping for household items—or shopping in general, at that—has never been as easy as it is today, thanks to fast-advancing technology and the rise of online marketplaces over the past years. Now you can easily shop right at home, or anywhere for that matter, using your mobile gadget and a credit card. Shop at home and you can watch TV and do some chores all while the items you ordered are making their way to your doorstep.
Does that sound like a little too convenient? Well, it is convenient, at least for the most part.
The catch is, until the items are delivered, you’re never 100% sure about what you’re getting. Moreover, shopping for rugs, curtains, linens, and the like is different from shopping for household appliances. You definitely have to be more meticulous when doing the latter. Unlike shopping for minor household items, shopping for appliances requires the buyer to look at all the product specifications, the fine print, and more.
Next time you’re looking to buy an appliance, here are some things you should definitely check out online before buying that fridge or power drill.
Your Space At Home
Avoid making the mistake of buying a 2-door refrigerator or a cooking stove that can’t fit into your kitchen space. It’s best to visualize first where you want the appliance to be. Afterwards you can take its measurements and compare it with the product’s dimensions. Also, make sure to be extra careful to not confuse the product’s length, width, and height!
Most reputable household brands provide the complete specifications of their products on their official website. It makes it easier for you to find the details you’re looking for, especially if you’re buying lighting systems, home entertainment appliances, and other similar electronics.
Carefully read the technical specifications to make sure that the product you want to buy is the one you actually want and need. Some of the things you might want to be critical about are the power saving feature, safety features, and main functions. If the product specifications aren’t posted online, then you may want to call the shop’s hotline and ask for it.
Make sure to check, consider, and clarify the product warranty whenever buying a household appliance—regardless if you buy it online or at a store. Make sure to know what the warranty covers and for how long it covers the appliance you’re going to buy. Ask about cash refunds, product exchanges, and even service centers, where you can have your appliance repaired after malfunction incidents.
When buying from websites, it’s easy to ask for clarifications regarding the product warranty. It’s best to inquire about it before paying because it becomes a bind between you and the website once the transaction has been made.
Know how other customers feel about the appliance you want to buy. You can easily do this by googling up customer and product reviews on your computer or mobile phone. Many of these reviewers give you their personal insights and tips about the appliance. However, be wary of inorganic reviews, those which are made by people paid by the company or website using fictional names and online accounts to make fake reviews.