If you don't want to time out your shopping, the best way to find the best possible deals on Internet security software is through comparison shopping. Comparison shopping involves comparing the same product at multiple stores to see who has the best prices. While many may skip this method, thinking it's too time consuming, it's quite easy to take advantage of price comparison websites to save time and money.
Years ago, the only way to effectively comparison shop was by gathering the print ads from every store, flipping to the electronics section and seeing who had the best deal at the time. Now, specialized websites do the work for you. The hardest part is choosing the right site for you.
According to Smart Money's price comparison site analysis, Price Grabber was the best around. It listed accurate information, including the cheapest possible results. Since these sites assume you'll be shopping online, more often than not, you can also sort by total price, which includes tax and shipping. Since Price Grabber does all this, Smart Money ranked it as number one. You can see the full list of sites on Smart Money to decide for yourself.
When you choose a price comparison site, enter the name of the Internet security software you are interested in. If you don't know the exact name, just enter the manufacturer. For instance, if you want to find the latest Norton product, search for Norton. Narrow the results further after the first set of results are displayed. As a starting point, consider some of the most popular software for Windows and Mac.
Of course, the most effective method involves comparing prices both online and offline. Though one deal may be available only online, a better deal may be in store only. Many retail websites, such as Best Buy or even Walmart, often list their weekly circulars online so you can compare prices at individual stores to see if the online or offline price is better.
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