Shopping in the USA

Published on:2011-12-03, Latest Updated on :2012-07-28

Buying Clothing

1) Factory Outlet (outlet store): the price of goods in U.S. outlets is usually only about 60-70% of the original price. Some universities also organize for their students to go to outlet stores for shopping.

2) Holiday Discount: In the U.S, the largest discounts are usually found on Thanksgiving or Christmas holidays. However, other major holidays often have bargains too.

3) Use vendor and shop discounts (rebates): manufacturers or stores sometimes offer discounts as product promotions. To qualify for such promotions, you often need to fill a discount form and mail it together with the purchase receipt to the specified address. You must strictly follow the manufacturer's time restrictions, and send everything with your purchase receipt within the time required, otherwise you will not receive a refund check.

4) Coupons (Chinese Translation: 折价券): discount coupons can be found in newspapers, magazines, mailings, on the internet, at the entrance to supermarkets, and may also be attached to the product itself for the next use. If any sale goods are sold out, unless stated that the discount is only valid until it is sold out, you can ask the store for a rain check, using it to purchase the product at this price next time.

5) Shopping through a cashback website

By buying things on a cashback shopping site, you can receive various degrees of promised cash back. You need to register an account for this type of website. Often these sites also offer discount shopping news. The most common cashback site is fatwallet.

Return Policy

Most shops accept undamaged returns, as long as you provide proof of purchase. Stores will give you a cash refund. If you paid for the goods by credit card, the refund will be returned to the credit card. As for the return time limit, it varies among stores, counting from the date of purchase, the allowed return time will be 7 days, 30 days, 90 days, 180 days or a year.

Purchase of Textbooks

you can buy textbooks on Please compare the price before you make any order. Enter the name of the book you want to buy on this site, it will show you that book's price on the major sites, including new books and the second-hand books. It should be noted that some prices haven't included the tax and/or postage. Wherever you decide to go to buy books, if you choose the lowest price you should be especially vigilant whether it has any hidden cost. Always contact the seller through emails when you have something unclear.

You can also compare the price of each buyer at AMAZON. Pay particular attention to the buyers' comments on that seller. Besides, be sure not confuse with different book versions. Alternatively, you can buy used books. The qualities of the used books bought on AMAZON are OK.

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