This time of year, we are all spending a lot of time shopping. Being the holiday season, there are lots of sales and deals that claims to save you a lot of money, but is it worth taking the deal on an unknown brand or are you better off spending a little more money to purchase a well-known brand?
Whether you are shopping for groceries, household items, electronics, services or gifts, knowing the type of product you are getting is usually a good idea. However, there are a lot of unknown brands that can offer you the same level of quality at a lower price. So how can you find out if the brand is reputable or if it will leave you with an empty wallet? Follow these tips and you’ll be happy with the product your purchase.
1.) Well-Known Brands
Industry leading brands are likely to give you a quality product. Brands like Fisher-Price, Brighthouse Internet, Nike or Kohler are known for providing a great product. If you want to stick with the safe route, go with the brand that you know. Being a well-known brand, they are also likely to charge a little more money, but if you search for some of the best deals you will be able to purchase an affordable and dependable product.
2.) Do Your Research
Before making any purchase you should be doing your research, but especially when you are choosing an unfamiliar brand. The Better Business Bureau is a great resource for checking out a new brand. You can see the number of complaints they have had and what the complaints are for. Another good resource for determining whether a brand is reputable is Consumer Reports. The site will provide detailed reviews to give you a good idea whether or not you should spend the money. If a brand has a low rating on either of these sites, you’re best to steer clear of it, no matter how affordable it is.
3.) Shop Online
One way to take the guessing out of shopping for new brands is to shop online. Most sites allow consumers to review their product after purchasing it. The reviews are almost always honest and getting to see how consumers react to using the product is a great way to determine whether or not it is high quality. Amazon is an online retailer that relies heavily on user reviews. They offer products from a range of brands and sellers in one place. Whether you are looking for electronics, clothes, toys or grocery items, you can find it on Amazon. You can also find a clear 1 to 5 star rating and reviews to back it up. Shopping online for items from any company is a good idea so that you can see the reviews and also review the product yourself.
4.) Ask Friends & Family
If you can’t trust your friends and family, who can you trust? If you have questions about a specific brand, ask people that you know for their opinion on it. Not only are they going to give you their honest opinion, but since they know you personally, they can give insight as to whether or not it is a good choice for you.
With hundreds of competing brands to choose from, it can get quite overwhelming. However, if you take the time to do your research, compare brands and look at real feedback, you will easily be able to find a quality, affordable brand that meets your needs.