ShopperLib is a community-based resource, where individuals can connect, share experiences, and provide each other with practical advice on shopping-related issues. It is a shopping-related aggregator of knowledge and expertise. To give you an idea of what it’s about, here are a few examples of what we strive to do:
• Identify scammers, preferably before you buy from them;
• Identify fakes before you buy them;
• Spot misleading product descriptions, unprofessional sellers, and tricks that sellers use to make their products look better than they are in reality;
• Spot overpriced items;
• Suggest better-quality and/or better-priced alternatives;
• Figure out the best bidding strategies for online auctions;
• Establish the true market value of items;
• Identify branded (and non-brand) products that do not live up to expectations (and their price tag);
• Provide advice when a seller has sold a fake or an item that doesn’t correspond to its description, when the seller refuses to accept returns or doesn’t respond, or if there is some other after-sales issue;
• Provide tips on how to shift bargaining power to the shopper’s benefit.
So, to some extent, you could say that we are hacking some of the retail industry’s best-kept secrets here.
Some of us know how to buy diamonds and jewelry, others know how to get the best value for money when sourcing antiques or vinyl. Some know how to identify whether your Louis Vuitton is an original or not, others know how to spot a fake coin or stamp. Some know how to buy vintage electronics or sports memorabilia, while others know where to look for the best price and quality when high-end fashion items are required.
No one knows how to shop the smart way for everything, but almost everyone knows how to shop the smart way for something. Together we can teach the world to shop the smart way!
We believe that everyone has the right to get the best value for their money. Not to fall victim to scams, fakes, unprofessional sellers, misleading product descriptions, products of inferior quality, and overpricing. Instead, say yes to the best quality. Yes to the best price. Yes to the best value for money.
Smart shopping is not only extremely rewarding financially and emotionally, but it can be a lot of fun, too. Don’t believe us? Try it!