Why you shouldn't always 'add to cart' as soon as a sale starts


Bargain hunter Kimberley Allsopp warns you may get buyer's remorse if there are further reductions just around the corner.

How low will they go?


Kimberley Allsop loves a sale, but not when you could have saved even more money if you'd just waited an extra day.



I love a bargain. The word 'sale' is a siren's song to me. I crash my ship on the rocks every time I hear its tempting tune. 

I can't remember the last time I paid full price for anything that was outside of my weekly food shop and even then, I'll return a tried and tested product to the shelf if I spot a similar item that's 50 cents cheaper. 

I'm one step removed from those people that are on shows like I Got Carpal Tunnel from Coupon Cutting, Extreme Shopping and How to Feed a Family of Six on Your Best Intentions.

I'm incredibly happy that promotions like Cyber Monday and Black Friday have made their way to our shores, and I'm on my favourite e-tailer sites on those sale days while I'm having my first morning coffee so that I can ensure I'm getting whatever items I'm after at their lowest price. 

After all, the early bird gets half off their Dyson.

Sheet happens

During the Boxing Day sales I set my sights on buying a slew of new, brightly patterned cot sheets to update our current nursery colour scheme. I went straight to an online store that I routinely browse where everything was 40% off. Huzzah.

I picked out three sets and – despite probably still paying too much money for something as basic as sheets – I was feeling chuffed with myself. 

That is, until the following day when a friend said she'd just bought a kaftan from the same site (these are the kind of philosophical conversations that really help you grow as a person), and she was glad she'd hesitated clicking 'buy' because now the site had 50% off instead of the previous day's 40%.

My linen-lit afterglow was suddenly looking very wrinkled.

RELATED: Our cot mattress reviews reveal which models are firm enough to be safe for your baby.

Sales pitch

Now, instead of replying to my friend with congratulations I felt ashamed at buying at the higher price. And of course, I had to rub salt in to the organic Egyptian cotton wound by jumping on the site and seeing how much cheaper I could have bought my sheets had I waited an extra day.

In the US there's a retail practice called 'price adjustment policy', which means that the customer is entitled to a partial refund if there's a price drop during a sale window. 

I'm one step removed from those people that are on shows like I Got Carpal Tunnel from Coupon Cutting

One can only presume that this has sprung from too many people making foolhardy bedding purchases and resenting their sheets for years to come. Like our adaptation of Black Friday, this sounds like another idea worth adopting from our American friends.

I'd like to think that I've learnt from my experience and while I might not be so quick to steer my ship towards that particular site's cut-price coast in the future, it goes against every fibre in my being to not at least take a peek at a sale.

Maybe I'm not as far away from starring in My Extreme Online Shopping Addiction as I thought…

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