A Guide to Shopping Online Using the UKNG Shopping Tool
What You Need to Know
- Shopping online allows you to broaden your search and the UKNG shopping tool gives you the chance to browse through thousands of different products and compare the prices being offered by dozens of online retailers.
- The shopping tool’s filters allow you to weed out products and models that are unsuitable, whether it’s because they’re too expensive, too big or not powerful enough.
- If you know the exact product you are after, then just type in the name in the search bar at the top of the shopping page, being as specific as possible, and click Search.
- Even if you just have a vague idea of what you’re after – for example, a new gadget to give as a gift – then the shopping tool can also be highly useful, allowing you to browse a wide range of product types and models.
- The tool’s filters allow you to search for products according to a wide range of criteria, including size, price, specification and energy efficiency.
- Once you have selected all your search criteria, you will be shown a list of all the relevant products. You can then sort these by price, popularity or just alphabetically.
Advantages of Comparing Products
Even on the busiest of high streets or at the biggest of shopping malls, it’s likely you will only be able to compare the prices offered by around half a dozen retailers, meaning that you may end up missing out on the best deal. Shopping online allows you to broaden your search and the UKNG shopping tool gives you the chance to browse through thousands of different products and compare the prices being offered by dozens of online retailers, all from the comfort of your own home.
What’s more, the shopping tool’s filters allow you to weed out products and models that are unsuitable, whether it’s because they’re too expensive, too big or not powerful enough. Again, this can save you a great deal of time and effort while also increasing your chances of landing the best possible deal.
Searching for a Product by Name
If you know the exact product you are after, then finding it and comparing prices could not be simpler. Just type in the product name in the search bar at the top of the shopping page, being as specific as possible, and click Search.
This will bring up all the available products that match your search terms and immediately let you compare prices.
However, if you don’t have a specific product in mind, then it may be easier to search by product category and then make use of the shopping tool’s numerous filters to find the right item for you.
Searching for a Product by Type
The comparison tool works best when you have a general idea of what you want, whether it’s a new computer, a digital camera, a cooker or a new video game. However, even if you just have a vague idea of what you’re after – for example, a new gadget to give as a gift – then the shopping tool can also be highly useful, allowing you to browse a wide range of product types and models.
All the available products are divided up into obvious categories, namely Sound & Vision, Computing, Home Appliances, Photography, Health & Beauty, Games and Office. Simply choose from one of these and then the sub-categories in this specific category will be listed down the left of your page.
So, for example, if you’re thinking about buying a female friend something beauty-related for a birthday, you would click on Health and Beauty top and then, from the list on the left, choose Cosmetics.
Alternatively, if a male friend is a fan of video games, then click on Games at the top and then choose which console you want a new game for down from the list down the left. Doing this will now bring you through to the stage where you are able to find the right product for you and, more importantly, compare prices in order to get the best deal.
Choose Your Specifications
The UKNG shopping tool allows you to narrow the search for the right product for you right down by giving you not one but three search criteria to choose from. This can save you a great deal of time and hassle, weeding out any unsuitable products and letting you get on with comparing prices.
To show just how well this can work, have a look at these two examples;
Shopping for a New Washing Machine
Should you be looking for a new washing machine, then using the UKNG shopping tool is a quick and easy way of finding the models that suit your circumstances and then allowing you to compare prices.
So, to start with, you can find washing machines by clicking on the Home Appliances option at the top of the shopping page and then selecting Washing Machines from the list down the left-hand-side.
You will now see all washing machines; ideal if you are just browsing but perhaps not much help if you have more specific requirements. So, to narrow the search, make use of the filters at the top of the list. With these, you can look for washing machines according to depth – for example if space is an issue in your kitchen – by load capacity, by centrifugal speed or by price. Furthermore, by clicking on Show More Filters, you will be given even more ways of making your search more specific, for example by looking for energy-efficient machines or just top-loaders.
Once you have narrowed your search down as much as you can, you will be left with a list of all the washing machines that meet your specific requirements. Again, these can be sorted by price, popularity or simply placed in alphabetical order, and, by clicking on Compare Prices, you will be shown how much a range of online retailers are selling a specific model for.
Shopping for a New Laptop
Searching for a laptop is equally as easy. So, begin by choosing Computing at the top of the shopping page and then selecting Laptop Computers from the list down the left.
Again, you will then be shown all the laptops available. Since this can be well in excess of 1,000 machines, you may want to make use of the filters to narrow the search down and find the right product for you.
If, for example, you are after a laptop that is powerful enough to carry out a range of office-related tasks yet is also lightweight enough to carry on your daily commute, then you could narrow your search down using the Weight and CPU Speed filters. Alternatively, if you are keen to use a laptop for watching movies, you may want to make use of the Screen Size and the Optical Drive filters.
As before, once you have narrowed your search down as narrowly as you want, you will be left with all the machines that match your specific criteria. These can be sorted according to price or popularity or they can just be placed in alphabetical order to help you browse by brand (for example if you want a Dell you’ll know roughly how far down the results you’ll need to scroll). Now you will be able to choose a specific product and compare prices for this.
- Try out the shopping tool today and see how much you can save on the hottest products.
- Find out more about the products you’re comparing at Which.com