Needs are the basic things human beings need in life to take care of themselves which cannot be replaced or substituted for any other thing irrespective of its cost and value. The examples are as follows: food, sound health, clothing, and shelter while wants are goods and services or things humans desire to have, though they can do or live without such a thing. The examples of wants are as follows: education at abroad, riding the latest car, wearing the latest cloth, having a mansion which is the best in town an expensive handset, laptop or car, etc.
For you to make the right decision on what to buy in the market, or supermarket, especially between needs and wants, there are some shopping tips you need to be aware of. These tips will always help you shop smartly and with wisdom. They are the following:
Have a budget.
- 1 Have a budget.
- 2 Make a list of items.
- 3 Pay with cash.
- 4 Set a time for your shopping.
- 5 Do your shopping alone.
- 6 Apply the principle of fainting yet pursuing.
- 7 Beware of impulse buying.
- 8 Take care of the need and want.
- 9 Buy quality products.
- 10 Compare prices from two or three shops around.
- 11 Gather facts from your friends.
- 12 Think of discounts.
- 13 Do not forget your right.
- 14 Cultivate the habit of buying.
- 15 Check your store.
- 16 Impulse buying
- 17 After-sales service
- 18 Conclusion
This is a particular amount that is set apart or available to be spent on a particular item. It is a planned amount to be used on a specific material at a particular time. Everyone should agree with me that without a budget, no plan will be implemented.
Make a list of items.
It is important to make a list of items you need before you zoom off in your car to your favorite shopping arena. This will help you to avoid over sending and impulse buying i.e. things you have not prepared to buy. You will not buy what you do not plan for or be included in your list.
Pay with cash.
You should always pay on the spot and not ever cultivate the habit of credit purchases to have rest of mind and avoid unnecessary embarrassment all the time. Paying in cash will clear any doubt.
Set a time for your shopping.
You should have it in mind not to go beyond the set time. If you have determined not to use or spend more than 2 hours in the market, do not go beyond the limit to avoid wasting time on non-essential things in the market. You should have done the research when it is convenient for you and make your shopping.
Do your shopping alone.
Learn to buy our things alone without going with a friend to avoid impulse buying, wasting time, and so on. He or she may want to force his or her opinion or will on you due to the situation and circumstances on the ground.
Apply the principle of fainting yet pursuing.
Do not stop shopping though you may be tired or hungry until you complete all the items on your prepared or planned list. Prepare well and make sure that you are mentally and physically fit and okay before you enter the shopping mall. You should stop until you complete what you have on your list.
Beware of impulse buying.
This is a form of a sudden desire to buy something or material one never budgeted or planned for without deep or careful thought about such a product. As earlier said, there is a tendency to be moved with items not included in your list, do not be moved. Beware!
Take care of the need and want.
Make sure you buy things you need and not just a want. It is not wise to buy materials or a product you do not need to avoid wastage. Check your list and buy what you need and want.
Buy quality products.
Learn to buy things that are of good quality for you to avoid wasting money on the same type of item within a short time. When you go shopping, go for quality products.
Compare prices from two or three shops around.
You should try and go to a few shops around your vicinity to compare prices of items you intend to buy just to avoid unnecessary cheating and extortion.
Gather facts from your friends.
Gather facts from your friends or relatives even neighbors who have used or bought the same products just recently to avoid buying fake items.
Think of discounts.
Buy goods or products where discounts will be given on the items bought to cut down expenses from the budget made to take care of other essentials of life.
Do not forget your right.
You should have the right to enjoy whatever you use your money to buy. Therefore, always make inquiries about this before buying in case the product refuses to serve you well.
Cultivate the habit of buying.
It is important to inculcate the habit of buying from a licensed service provider for security purposes, especially on the issue of health.
Check your store.
In this case, check your store, cupboard, or wardrobe before shopping. Failure to check any of these may make you buy what you already have at home.
Impulse is a sudden desire by customers to buy what they do not plan or budget for due to external forces around them. It is an indirect way of wasting resources because there is no careful thought before buying such a commodity. Somebody can go to a shop and see a product very cheap, attractive, and of good quality. He or she may be attracted to buy such goods though not planned for. Such a purchase is impulse buying. The purchase may also come as a result of the method of display or the way the sales representative persuades such customers just to buy. Whichever way it comes, since you do not plan to such a product before, it is called impulse buying.
For the fact that customers are the assets of every business, producers of every product must make sure customers are satisfied in every area for convenience during business transactions. Various processes which make sure customers are satisfied with the product and service of the organization are known as after-sales services. Some of these services are as follows:
- Warranty: This is a written agreement in which a seller of a product is made to the buyer to replace or repair the equipment or the machine if it breaks down within a particular period, such as telephone, photocopy machine, computer, etc.
- Installation of certain machines, activation of SIM cards of Smartphones, etc.
- Immediate exchange of damaged product
- The constant call to strengthen the relationship
- Complaint avenue: There should be a website or phone number where people will make their complaints known to the company or individual that sold a product to them if need be.
- Maintenance: Heavy equipment bought is always serviced for a specific period for free based on the agreement between the buyer and seller during the period of transaction, e. g. for the first six months, two to three years, etc.
- Operation: A seller of a product usually makes sure that he or she operates and put the buyer true on the use of such machine for some time before handing it over permanently to the buyer.
In this article, we have discussed shopping tips on decision-making during transactions, impulse, and after-sales. It also increases the knowledge of how to make shopping in the right way. There are some other terms under “after the sales”. Make this article a priority for constant reading. It will be well.