A user pictured purchasing for products online using a credit card. (Photo Courtesy)
A user pictured purchasing for products online using a credit card. (Photo Courtesy)

Online shopping for sure came to our rescue. It is a form of electronic commerce that allows consumers to directly buy/purchase goods or services from a seller over the internet via web platform or mobile application using a range of different devices, such as desktop PCs, laptops, tablet computers or smartphones from wherever they could be.

With hundreds of online retailing corporations such as Amazon, Alibaba, eBay, Best Buy, Walmart, J.Crew, Target, to mention a few, they have a period of time where they offer abnormal discounts, promotions, and flash sales, to their customers who take this advantage to buy as much/many products they could afford. In this article we give a few tips to guide you during flash sales.

1. Internet connection
First things first, internet connection is a must for online shopping. Make sure that you have a fast and reliable internet connection – because the faster the internet speed, the faster the webpages will load on your device. This will help you in completing the entire buying process quickly.

2. Product decision done before time
To beat the flash sales, always make sure that you have decided on the products you want to buy beforehand. As the precious few minutes you spend in making this decision during the sale may end up in you losing out on the sale. So eCommerce firms announce when their flash sales will happen, so before then, always prepare as fast as you can.

3. Log in a bit early before the flash sale starts
With this, it gives you an extra time to complete the initial setup for making the purchase. By this, you can make your final confirmation on the products you decided to buy, quantity, and quality as well, how they will be paid for. Once the flash sale kicks off, select your products, add them to cart, checkout and you’re good to go.

4. Refresh the products page and keep the cursor on the ‘buy now’ option
As a matter of fact, you should always know it’s not only you eyeing for a particular product. So once you’ve logged into your account, head over to the flash sale page if any, or just go to that particular product(s) you want, keep refreshing until the product flash sale is made available. It’s advisable that your at least refresh every after 30 seconds. Then, ensure to keep your mouse cursor on the buy now button once refreshed. When the the product is available, purchase for it there and then.

5. Use Cash on delivery as the mode of payment
If the platform allows cash on delivery (CoD) as a payment option, we strongly recommend this during such times. By using cash on delivery option, you can check out relatively faster than any other mode of payment that require verification and so forth. Thus, saves time of entering card details and waiting OTP messages.

6. Save your payments details in advance
This follows the previous tip (5). Like I mentioned before, if your preferred eCommerce platform accepts CoD, I opt you go for that because it’s much easier, safer, and faster. But if it doesn’t, they your can choose your preferred payment option. All in all, during flash sales always see that you’ve saved your payment details in advance. This looks at the delivery address as well.