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Golden rules to using comparison sites

Don’t use a single price comparison site

Individual price comparison sites don’t all give you the same results, so check out a few before you decide to switch lender, supplier or buy a product. This might take you a bit more time, but it’s worth doing as it could save you a lot of money.

Make sure the product fits your needs

Do some research before you make a final decision to make sure the product is right for you. The cheapest deal available might not necessarily be best for your specific needs. Should you go for a short- or long-term fixed price energy deal? Does this bank account have all the features you’re looking for?

First isn’t always best

Comparison sites don’t give ‘regulated advice’.

That means they provide you with product information but not whether a policy has the type and level of cover suitable for your needs.

So, don’t assume the first result is the best. Especially because the first result in the list might be ‘sponsored’.

Comparison sites make their money from you

Comparison websites don’t sell products themselves; they show you details and prices from insurers and make their money in several ways:

  • They get paid from advertising which appears on their site.
  • From ‘click-throughs’ where the site earns commission when a customer clicks through to the insurer’s website and buys a product.
  • Some sites earn money from sponsored listings, where companies pay to have their products appear at the top of the search results.

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Using a price comparison site

How you use a price comparison site differs depending on what you’re using it to search for. Here we run through where to start your search.

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Energy (gas and electricity)

You can read more about why switching might not be the best idea at the moment in our guide What to do if you’re worried about your energy bills rising

If you do decide to switch the whole process shouldn’t take more than six weeks and you won’t be cut off at any point. The only change you’ll notice is a new supplier sending you your bills (if you switch supplier) and lower rates.

Price comparison websites help you compare the different energy deals available and they’re a great way to see what’s available.

They don’t all work with the same suppliers, so use a few to make sure you don’t miss out on the perfect deal.

We suggest using sites thatOfgemOpens in a new windowrecommends and that have been accredited with the Confidence Code.

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Beware of switching

Energy prices are very high. For many people whose fixed deal has come to an end the Energy Price Guarantee will be the cheapest rate available.

You can read more about why switching might not be the best idea at the moment in our guideWhat to do if you’re worried about your energy bills rising

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Can I switch supplier if I rent my home?

If you pay for your own gas and/or electricity, it doesn’t matter if you rent or own your own home, you can switch supplier.

If you rent and your landlord pays your energy bills then they have the right to choose the supplier.

Can I switch my gas and electricity if I’m on a prepayment meter?

Yes, but not all energy suppliers offer a prepayment tariff so make sure you switch to one that does.

You should be able to filter these when searching on a price comparison website.

Can I switch supplier if I’m getting the Warm Home Discount?

If you get the Warm Homes Discount and you’re switching energy supplier, make sure your new supplier offers the discount. If they don’t, your bills could go up.

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What is an energy switching club?

Energy switching clubs offered by reputable brands like Which? and MoneySavingExpert are basically comparison sites just for your energy bills.

The website will hold your hand through the whole process, from filling in details from your current energy bill, to searching the whole of market to find a better deal for you, if one is available, and liaising with your chosen new supplier to carry out the switch.

What about my water bills?

Unlike gas and electricity, you can’t switch who supplies your water. But you might save money by switching to a water meter.

Find out more in our guide How to save money on water bills.

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Broadband, landline phone and TV

You can make great savings by switching to a cheaper phone, TV or broadband deal.

It’s a good idea to start searching websites accredited by Ofcom. Despite their names, the following sites allow you to search for paid TV, landline phone as well as broadband deals:

  • BroadbandSearch by postcode or phone number for relevant deals in your area. Splits prices into monthly and annual cost and displays a reliability score
  • BroadbanddealsSearch by postcode. Prices automatically shown in monthly costs, but can be filtered by year
  • BroadbandcomparedSearch by postcode
  • BroadbandchoicesOpens in a new windowSearch by postcode and it will show you the average monthly cost while you’re in contract. This number takes into account any cashback or freebies offered by the site and any setup fees

  • Money SupermarketOpens in a new window This site compares a lot of different products as well as broadband and mobile deals and will show you an average cost per month

If you’re looking for a package deal of broadband, phone and/or TV, you can also try the ‘Bundle’ search offered at MoneySavingExpertOpens in a new window

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Mobile phone contracts

Making sure you’re on the right deal and not paying for calls, text and data you don’t use, or regularly going over your allowance, is a great way to cut costs.

As with broadband, there are a few comparison sites that Ofcom approves.

Billmonitorwill analyse your online bills or allow you to enter your regular or required limits manually. It will then find the most suitable offers on the market and direct you to the relevant retailer

HandsetExpertselect the handset you want and then enter your calls, text and data requirements. The website will then display the best offers available and you can go directly to the retailer’s website

Mobile-phonesallows you to search by phone and SIM-only deals

CompareDialOpens in a new windowcompares phone contracts that include a handset as well as SIM-only offers

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Bank accounts

Comparison websites can be a good starting point for anyone trying to find a current or savings account tailored to their needs.

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Use our Bank account fees and charges comparison tool to see all the fees and charges that apply to bank accounts – it shows everything from overdraft fees to foreign cash withdrawal charges

Here are a few websites that compare current and savings accounts:

Be aware that comparison websites won’t all give you the same results. So make sure you use more than one before deciding.

It’s also important to do some research on the type of product and features you need before making a purchase or changing supplier.

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Mortgages

Taking out a mortgage is a big financial decision that shouldn’t be made lightly.

While comparison sites can be useful to get an idea of the best rates on the market, it’s best to make sure you know exactly what you’re searching for and decide if you need to use a dedicated mortgage broker.

Find out more about applying for a mortgage in our guide.

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General shopping (like furniture or technology)

Comparison sites aren’t only useful for bills and bank accounts. They’re also useful to find bargain prices on everyday essentials and gifts, as well as more expensive purchases like technology or furniture. However, there are so many sites offering reduced prices, it can be difficult to be sure you’re getting a great deal.

Comparison sites can help you cut through misleading sales and discounts by tracking an item’s price over the years and showing you which site is really giving you the best deal.

  • CamelCamelCamelShop regularly at Amazon? You can use CamelCamelCamel to set up price alerts and track price history
  • IdealoWill compare current prices across trusted e-tailers and high street stores like Currys, Argos, John Lewis and Amazon. You can also see past prices and set up email notifications for when prices drop
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How do I use a price comparison website?

Many price comparison websites will ask you for personal details before presenting you with a list of providers.

Be as accurate as you can with this information, as it will be used as the basis for the quotes you’ll be shown.

Some price comparison websites have contracts with select suppliers and receive a commission every time you switch or take out a product.

Beware of pre-selected tick boxes, pre-set filters and any questions which ask if you want to run a whole of market comparison.

Some websites use these techniques to try to guide you towards picking one of their partner suppliers, even if they aren’t necessarily the best choice for you.

Some products don’t provide a link through to the provider’s website.

If this is the case, you’ll need to go directly to the supplier’s website.

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FAQs

What are the best price comparison websites? ›

The top 30 price comparison websites and apps
  • Google Shopping. Google Shopping is probably the largest and best-known comparison shopping engine. ...
  • PriceGrabber. PriceGrabber is owned by Connexity. ...
  • Shopping.com. ...
  • Become. ...
  • Camelcamelcamel. ...
  • BuyVia. ...
  • ShopSavvy. ...
  • 12. Yahoo Shopping.
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Is it cheaper to go through comparison sites? ›

Cheapest isn't always best

Comparison sites will try to hook you in by showing you lots of low prices. Remember that the cheapest insurance policies might not be such great value. They might have a high excess or not the right cover for what you want.

Is there a website that shows prices of items from multiple places? ›

Price.com lists billions of products from thousands of stores, including Amazon, eBay, Walmart, Target, and other retailers!

How do I find the best price for a product? ›

Best Price Comparison Websites
  1. Google Shopping.
  2. Yahoo Shopping.
  3. CamelCamelCamel.
  4. Pronto.
  5. BizRate.
  6. NexTag.
  7. PriceGrabber.
  8. Become.
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How do you find the lowest price for a product? ›

Follow these nine steps to ensure you get the lowest available price on almost everything you're buying.
  1. Scrutinize prices.
  2. Know where to find coupons.
  3. Consider refurbished.
  4. Set sale alerts.
  5. Ask for a rain check.
  6. Speak to a store associate.
  7. Be social.
  8. Shop secondhand.
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What are the disadvantages of price comparison websites? ›

Comparison sites tend to focus entirely on price, and ignore quality. Customers often find a correlation between higher prices and better products. Some companies may charge more but provide better customer service, more flexible refund options, etc., that the price comparison site user will not be made aware of.

Is GoCompare or MoneySuperMarket better? ›

We observed failures for all three websites related to Design & Usability and Structure & Layout. GoCompare and MoneySuperMarket both had failures on Control & Forms, with GoCompare having fewer errors. So, we ranked GoCompare in first place.

Is there an app that tells you the cheapest place to buy a product? ›

Price.com. The Price.com app(Opens in a new window) is the mobile companion to the popular site and browser extension. You can compare prices at major retailers by typing in a search, using the barcode scanner, or uploading or taking a photo of an item.

What is the name of the app that compares prices? ›

BuyVia helps you find the lowest prices on products from both online and local stores, it also aggregates all of your favorite deal sites in one place so you can compare prices. UPC Barcode scanner, QR code, and search function allow you to find the lowest price.

Is there a price match app? ›

Price Match, a simple, easy-to-use price comparison app for the registered trade items, that are sold online. This app is powered using the Semantics3 product API. The data ranges over a wide number of items. Scan the UPC barcode to find the best price online.

How do price comparison websites work? ›

Price comparison sites collect information about the prices of products on different websites, display this information, and thus allow consumers to select a store to purchase based on price.

How do you compare two prices? ›

To compare prices, divide the cost by the weight or quantity of the item. Then you can compare the two items. In this comparison, the SMALLER size box is better value! The larger boxes are not always better value, especially if the small box is on sale.

How do I use Google compare? ›

Open Google Docs and sign in to open the first document you want to compare. On the document, click Tools from the menu and select Compare Documents. A small dialog box will appear on the screen asking you to select another document from your Drive to compare against the first opened document.

How do you ask for the lowest price? ›

Initiate bargaining by asking something like, "Is that your best price?" Take a polite, positive approach. Body language and facial expressions play a big part. Look interested, but not so eager they'll feel confident you'll buy regardless. Smile and be friendly, but be prepared to walk away if necessary.

How do you find the selling price without price? ›

Divide the total cost by the number of units bought to obtain the cost price. Use the selling price formula to find out the final price i.e.: SP = CP + Profit Margin.

How do you find the better buy? ›

We are asked sometimes to determine which of any two given items is a "better buy". We find the unit price of each item, then comparing the unit prices, we decide that the item with the smaller unit price is the "better buy".

What are 3 factors you might consider when comparison shopping? ›

Here are five things to consider when comparison shopping so that you never need to wonder if you are getting the best deal.
  • Quality. Probably the worst mistake that can be made is to overlook quality when looking for a bargain. ...
  • Craftsmanship. ...
  • Quantity. ...
  • Performance. ...
  • Longevity.
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Why do people use comparison websites? ›

Using these tools, consumers can easily compare prices and make their decisions, and savvy businesses can meet them where they are.

What is an advantage of a price comparison website? ›

Price comparison sites are extremely useful for time poor people who know what they want, for example, a simple insurance policy and just want to get on with the purchase. It's easy, quick, offers plenty of information, and the buying process is a smooth one too.

What are the five steps of comparison shopping? ›

The Petco executive suggested five other strategies for effectively using comparison-shopping engines:
  • 1) Define your marketing objectives. ...
  • 2) Optimize your product data. ...
  • 3) Advertise the right products. ...
  • 4) Minimize click costs. ...
  • 5) Maximize profitable orders.
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What are the five points for comparison? ›

What Are the Main Points Used to Write a Comparison Essay?
  • Similarities & Differences. A comparison essay requires you to look at the differences and similarities of the two or more elements you will evaluate in your essay. ...
  • Thesis Statement. ...
  • Structure. ...
  • Conclusion.

Why should we compare prices before buying items? ›

Comparing product prices across different sites will help you notice the difference and give the real price at which a product is retailing at. Not only will find the product at a price that is more reasonable for its age, but you may also find new models at cheaper prices.

Is there an app to compare supermarket prices UK? ›

Trolley.co.uk helps you compare prices at your favourite supermarkets including Asda, Tesco, Aldi and more.

Is GoCompare the same as GoCompare? ›

GoCompare has today announced a new brand name and logo – Go. Compare. This means that anyone now looking to use the comparison service will be able search on any device using “Go. Compare”, and they will be taken directly to the website.

Is uswitch the same as confused com? ›

Confused.com is part of the ZPG comparison group of companies, otherwise known as RVU. Other brands in this group include money.co.uk and Uswitch. However, we're a completely separate business, and pride ourselves on impartiality and independence.

Which online app has lowest prices? ›

Top 22 Free Shopping Apps In India For Fashion, Electronics, Grocery, etc.
  • Amazon.
  • Flipkart.
  • Myntra.
  • Nykaa.
  • Ajio.
  • Snapdeal.
  • Swiggy.
  • Tata Cliq.
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What website compares game prices? ›

Gocdkeys is a platform that allows you to compare the prices of video games (either PC, Xbox One, PS4 or Nintendo Switch) as well as hardware and consoles, in a selection of the best online shops available.

What is price match strategy? ›

Price matching strategy, what is it ? Price matching is a strategy used by retailers in order to provide the best price for customers in a certain competitive market, by offering the same product for a lower price to increase sales, catch customers' attention and strengthen customer loyalty.

How do you do price matching? ›

Depending on the retailer, price matching can be requested online or in-store, typically before you make the purchase. If you've already purchased the item in question, some stores may refund the difference (sometimes in the form of a store credit) if you find a lower price elsewhere within a certain amount of time.

Is ShopSavvy a free app? ›

Description: ShopSavvy helps you get the best deal every time! Never miss a deal with the best barcode scanner and QR Code Reader and alerts at every price drop or sale. The original and best free scanning app for any shopper serious about saving money.

What is the comparison formula? ›

The comparison method, a procedure for solving systems of independent equations, starts by rewriting each equation with the same variable as the subject. Any of the variables may be chosen as the first variable to isolate. Each equation is now an isolated-subject equation, and equation where one variable is isolated.

How do you compare correctly? ›

Begin by saying everything you have to say about the first subject you are discussing, then move on and make all the points you want to make about the second subject (and after that, the third, and so on, if you're comparing/contrasting more than two things).

What is the best way to compare two sets of data? ›

To compare more than two variables in your data, you can use comparison charts, such as Dual Axis Line, Dual Axis Bar and Line, and Multi-Axis Line Charts. The best graphs for comparing two sets of data fall under the Comparison Chart category.

How do you use Microsoft compare? ›

Compare two versions of a document

On the Tools menu, point to Track Changes, and then click Compare Documents. In the Original document list, select the original document. In the Revised document list, browse to the other version of the document, and then click OK.

How do you do comparison analysis? ›

Here are the five elements required.
  • Frame of Reference. This is the context within which you place the two things you plan to compare and contrast; it is the umbrella under which you have grouped them. ...
  • Grounds for Comparison. ...
  • Thesis. ...
  • Organizational Scheme.

What website is like Amazon but cheaper? ›

10 sites like Amazon but cheaper: for shoppers
  • AliExpress. (Image credit: AliExpress) ...
  • Zappos. (Image credit: Zappos) ...
  • QVC. (Image credit: QVC) ...
  • Newegg. (Image credit: Newegg) ...
  • Target. (Image credit: Target) ...
  • eBay. (Image credit: eBay) ...
  • Google Shopping. (Image credit: Google Shopping) ...
  • Overstock. (Image credit: Overstock)
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Which is best app for lowest price? ›

Megastores
  • Amazon. Android | iOS. ...
  • SnapDeal. Android | iOS. ...
  • Shop Clues. Android | iOS. ...
  • Ajio. Android | iOS. ...
  • Koovs. Android | iOS. ...
  • Limeroad. Android | iOS. ...
  • Yaantra. Android | iOS. ...
  • Health and glow. Android | iOS.

Does it cost to use compare the market? ›

The service is free to use and the fee we receive does not affect the way we rank the products. We always order results from lowest to highest price for you.

How do I get super cheap on Amazon? ›

Always Check for “Warehouse Deals”

Answer: They sell it in the “Amazon Warehouse” at a greatly reduced price. If you're not familiar with Amazon Warehouse Deals, they're items that they classify as pre-owned, used or open box specials and the savings are BIG.

Who is Amazon's biggest competitor? ›

Who are Amazon's biggest competitors? Amazon has competition in different sectors. Its biggest retail competitors are Alibaba, eBay, Walmart, JD, Flipkart, and Rakuten. For the online streaming services audience, Amazon competes with Netflix, Hulu, Apple TV, and Disney+.

How do I avoid Amazon price wars? ›

The best way to avoid price wars is to differentiate your brand from other competitors. If you notice, price wars usually begin when sellers offer the same products at the same price to the same buyers.

Is there an app that tells you what an item is worth? ›

The eValuator app determines a realistic average price from items successfully sold in the past weeks. Perfect to find out what you can earn selling something, or to check if a promising bargain really is one.

Is there an app that tells you how much something costs? ›

ShopSavvy is a powerful price-comparison app that lets you scan barcodes from your phone to find product reviews and pricing. You can also choose to input your product's name in the app's search engine. Once it's found your product, ShopSavvy will pull up the cheapest local or online price for it.

Which app has most discounts? ›

CashKaro– It is the largest cashback and coupon app in India. Users can avail of discount coupons from more than 1500 shopping websites and apps dealing in fashion, electronics, beauty, pharmacy, grocery, etc. It offers additional cashback, which can be transferred to a bank account or redeemed as Amazon Gift Cards.

Which is the cheapest online shopping app in the world? ›

You can find cheap books, sports equipment, etc.
  • AliExpress. An inexpensive online marketplace run by Alibaba.com, offering 9.5 million different products sold by 10,000 manufacturers. ...
  • TheHut. ...
  • Sheinside. ...
  • BookDepository. ...
  • DealeXtreme.
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