Do you shop at your local store? Maybe the closest one? Are your favourite stores worth your time? How can you know if they are?
Worth it shops are stores which satisfy all (or almost) your needs at a lower cost and at your convenience. Large retailers like Target and Wal-Mart tend to be very worth your time, so you might want to check them out. But don’t rely on me. You can start determining if a retailer is worth it yourself. Read 6 factors you need to assess, to determine if a store is worth it:
Retailers who value their customers should offer some kind of incentives. Nowadays it is easy to find coupons online from sites like Vouchercloud or Retailmenot. But it should not end there. Stores who are worth your time will usually have weekly discounts/sales.
Stores which offer bulk buying options usually have the best prices out there. This way you can buy items (which do not expire soon) at a much lower price. Check out this list of things you should always buy in bulk. If you have enough space in your pantry, bulk buying is definitely the way to go.
Corner shops tend to over price items. If you go to a larger retailer, chances are you will find cheaper prices for identical products. Also a cheaper brand does not mean lower quality. This is highlighted in an experiment Buzzfeed did recently where they tested 1 dollar pregnancy tests.
Multiple locations and/or online store
No matter how good a shop is, if you have to drive to the other side of the country to get to it, then it is definitely not worth it. Having multiple locations or the option of an online store with home delivery, is essential. Online shopping has become wildly popular in recent years, so worth it shops should definitely have it (read 11 reasons why it’s better to shop online). If you are a big online shopper you might want to check out 10 ways to save money when shopping online.
Worth it stores should be able to cater to your every need (or almost!). Having a variety of items in a variety of brands will really make a store stand out, and that’s what you should look for. If you go shopping and you only find a few items you need it’s an immediate turn off. Why would you go to a store which limits your choice?
After sales service
Well, this is a big one (especially if you’re buying electronics). Part of your experience with the store is how they handle queries and complaints. You need to trust the retailer in order to consider it worth spending your hard-earned money at. So you really need to check out a store’s customer care policy. A good company is one that is willing to go the extra mile.
Worth it shops should save you money and provide convenience. This is a competitive market and you need to make sure you are taking full advantage of it. Don’t settle for less!
Do you know any worth it stores? Are you going to evaluate your favourite stores? Share with us in the comments!