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Social media has a lot of influence over what you buy, where you buy it, and everyone is always on the lookout for deals.
If you are a fan of online shopping, there can be better deals online than in stores and the best way to find out is to check. One time I went to the Galleria mall, because I was in search of a pair of sunglasses and I didn’t want to pay for online shipping. Before I went, I checked the pair and made sure it was in stock at the location I was going to. When I got there, I couldn’t find the sunglasses, so I asked a worker for help. It ended up taking almost an hour to find the specific pair I wanted, but we finally found it. At checkout, I realized the price was higher in the store than it was online. So, I told the people working that the price was less online and showed them a picture of the pair, and they lowered the price. From experience, I would recommend searching for what you are looking for first online, then going into the store.
Another way to look for discounts is if you’re a first-time shopper, especially online. If you are browsing websites, an ad might pop up asking for your email in exchange for a deal such as 10% off your order. These might not make much of a difference, but they are still useful.
My email is always cluttered with places I am subscribed to but it is very useful. The emails sent to me are about deals going on usually so I can know when the best time to buy stuff is or when stuff is on sale.
Following your favorite brands and stores on different kinds of social media can help give you an early heads-up on sales or limited-time offers.
While the holiday season is the most commonly known time to find a deal, your email inbox can lead you to some good deals.
I know some stores such as Forever 21 have abandon cart offers. This is when you add things to your cart without buying them, they’ll give you a discount to buy the stuff in your cart with a certain amount of time to buy it.
There are also incentives for following, liking, and sharing things on social media. Examples are if you follow @flyingspider, you get a dollar off and if you follow @imagine_thatwc you get 10% off. Along with social media deals, are the fake deals. You have to be careful of what you are posting and buying through social media.
Retailmenot is an app I use quite often especially when I am out shopping. It is so easy to just pull up your find to find a coupon for the store you want. If you want to know more stores that have social media discounts search up social media marketing coupons and promo codes on Retailmenot.
Recent scams that have been going on have been the @shopbbtq earrings giveaway. On the post it says all you have to do is post it on your Instagram story and they’ll direct message you for more info on the free earrings without paying for shipping/handling. I was interested to see if it worked because so many people I know were posting it. So I put it on my story and was never direct messaged. This was therefore fake and I would not recommend wasting your time to post.
The other popular scam from about a month ago was to be a Lululemon ambassador. This scam has been going on this entire school year, becoming popular at different times. The Instagram accounts basically promise you new clothes or a free gift card but whatever the case, it is fake.

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