You might be thinking, “Wow, that’s not very fair.”
After all, it would be unfair to charge a discount to get a cheaper item, right?
But that’s the reality of the marketplace for many online retailers.
“If you’re trying to get your jewelry online for cheap, you’ll often end up paying a lot more for a higher-quality product,” says John T. Dabek, president of the nonprofit Jewelry for Everyone.
“That’s just how it works.”
What makes this phenomenon even more unfair is that there’s no way to tell which items are free and which aren’t.
In fact, some of the most popular items are usually sold out.
But you don’t have to buy something at a discounted price to enjoy a bargain.
Here are six easy ways to get free jewelry online.
You Can Pay with Your Credit Card While most people pay with a credit card, it can be a good idea to use another method for purchases if you’re willing to risk losing your money.
You can use a debit card, debit card and credit card to make purchases, but you may have to sign up for an account first.
“Many people make a mistake when they make purchases with credit cards and pay the balance, but the store may not honor the payment because the card wasn’t activated,” says Diana M. Burdick, a senior vice president of online retail at The New York Times.
If you do end up with a balance on your credit card balance, you may not be able to use it to pay with your bank account.
The easiest way to find out whether you’ve been charged a fee is to call your bank.
“When a bank doesn’t get your transaction, the company will notify the credit card company,” says BurdICK.
“It could be months or years later that your transaction will be processed.”
If you can’t pay the full amount on your card balance before the store charges you, you can always get a refund by filling out a form online.
You Need to Pay with a Bank Card or Other Money Transfer Service If you need to pay in person, you should contact your bank and get the details of the transaction.
You’ll also want to ensure that the transaction was approved by the store.
If the transaction isn’t, you might need to call the store to report the transaction and have it refunded.
You’re Not Buying the Perfect Pair If you’re buying something that is the perfect size or color, you could be wasting money.
Many online retailers make an effort to ensure your purchases are the best they can.
However, there are a few items that are hard to find.
“They’ll try to sell you the same item they already have, but with the wrong size or colors,” says Tanya E. Buhman, director of consumer studies for the Consumer Federation of America.
“Sometimes they will try to change the price and put a larger size or a larger price tag on it.”
If your jewelry is a bit on the pricey side, you will have to go online and find a different item that is cheaper.
Bumptious Bands A lot of online sellers will try their best to make sure your jewelry fits the standard definition of a “bumptiously dressed” item.
“Some people will take advantage of this and offer their best-looking items for as little as $20, but it’s still very easy to get caught up in this scam,” says Dabck.
If your online store offers the best bang for your buck, it’s worth contacting them directly.
“A lot of times the best way to get an item that looks the way you want is to try it out,” he says.
“Try the brand, size and color and see how it looks for yourself.”
You Don’t Want to Pay for a Custom Bracelet Online sellers will often try to charge you extra to make their items look better.
But don’t let them get away with it.
“Custom bracers, bracelets and earrings are very difficult to get,” says Michelle L. Anderson, a retail specialist at Bracelets for Life.
“There are a number of websites that are selling these items at significantly lower prices.”
So if you are looking for something specific, go online to find one that looks like the one you’re looking for.
You Want a Custom Ring But there’s another option.
Some online sellers have a small ring that is made to fit the ear of a specific person, and then is offered as a gift to others.
“The ring itself is not a ring,” says Anderson.
“You can use the same ring with a different person and it will be a great gift for someone else.”
You Are Not Shopping for a Gift When shopping online, there’s a good chance that you will spend a lot of money on the merchandise.
But, don’t worry.
There are a handful