Useful Websites

This week I’m going to introduce you to two websites that I think you may find of interest starting with the site www.kelkoo.co.uk which I’ve been using quite a lot recently.For those of you unfamiliar with this site, I have been using it to compare prices for specific products across a number of different e-commerce sites as to be sure that I’m getting the best value for money whenever I make a purchase.Kelkoo (a play on the French saying ‘quel coup’ which translates to ‘what a bargain’) was founded in 2000 and is now one of Europes largest e-commerce websites and has operations in 10 European countries.

Essentially the idea of Kelkoo is not to sell anything directly to customers but rather to get customers in touch with retailers who can help them get what they need at the best price.It is a search engine that just looks up the price of a given item from the shops located within its database and returns the best of the bunch to the potential customer; think of it as Google but with instead of returning website matches it returns product matches with prices.Let’s say you are looking to buy a new camera and after looking around in town you find a model to suit but you obviously you want to make sure that you’re not getting ripped off so simply make a note of the model, go home, type it into Kelkoo and it will pick up the best prices from all the retailers listed in their database.Obviously the same process can be used when online shopping; you’ve found a product that you want but you need to ensure that you can’t get it for less so you check the prices across a number of difference retailers using Kelkoo.

The downside to the site is that there is still the chance that you will find cheaper prices from stores that aren’t listed in Kelkoo because retailers do have to pay to be included the directory so the majority of them choose not to be listed.This aside it is still a good starting point for any products you are thinking about purchasing and the discount you could get by checking out every e-commerce site online would probably be negligible and not worth the effort.

Finally, Kelkoo offer a free toolbar that you can download and install on your computer to quickly search for items that you want to compare prices on.To be honest, it’s pretty useless as it only saves you having to type in their website address manually and no where near as useful as the fantastic Google Toolbar (http://toolbar.google.com) which everyone should have installed on their machines by now.

Next time you see an item that takes your fancy, just head to www.kelkoo.co.uk to see if you can find it cheaper; you may not find it at any less but for the sake of 20 seconds of your time surely it’s worth a look?

I’ll conclude this week by briefly mentioning the second website that I promised you which is www.computerarticles.co.uk.Over the past few weeks I have taken the liberty of putting online every article I have written for the Herald Express over the last three years on to this site.I must be honest, it isn’t Shakespeare but if you have missed a few articles or remember me writing about a specific item and you’ve since binned the copy then take a few minutes to visit!

About the Author – Chris Holgate works for Refresh Cartridges who supply a wide range of printer cartridges at the UK’s lowest prices.

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