The best price comparison websites find great deals on products you want across a wide selection of companies. The next time you want to buy a gift, your next household appliance, or a nice TV, skip the stores and venture online.
According to a survey by Statista, as of March 2015, 74% of U.S. consumers between the ages of 18 - 34 claimed that they used a smartphone, mobile device, or a computer, to search for the best prices on a product. Of those surveyed between the ages of 35-44, about 57% of claimed that they also compared prices for a product online. So price comparison is an important factor in the lives of the average U.S. consumer, at the very least.
In this guide, I'm going to discuss how our price comparison engine works to show you the best value products and services important to you.
MoneySavingPro's Price Comparison Engine
For some people, saving money is a hobby and for other's, it's a chore. Living on a budget or finding the best deals can be a challenge. That's why we created our price comparison engine to help you find the best value deals on the products and services we use every day such as cell phones, the Internet, TV, and home security.
We believe that informed consumers make the best buying decisions, so we've made it our goal to be as comprehensive and clear as possible in informing you exactly what you're paying for--all before you have to spend a cent.
What Does a Price Comparison Website Do?
Price comparison sites like us serve as an aggregation of product information from various retailers. In other words, information on the products you are interested in buying are compiled and displayed on the site for your convenience. The information typically includes the retailer's price, shipping options, reviews, and filter options.
Ultimately, price comparison sites are a great tool for any consumer wishing to save money.
Compare Cell Phone Plans
The bread and butter of MoneySavingPro is our cell phone plan price comparison engine. Finding a cell phone plan that's right for you doesn't have to give you a headache. Using our technology, it only takes a minute to find plans from the Big Four and low-cost MVNOs to find service that meets your needs and budget.
Getting started with our cell phone plan comparison engine is simple, and only takes two steps. Simply tell us the number of lines on your current plan and how much data you use each month to quickly find plans we believe are suited for you.
Don't know how much data you and your family use? We created our data usage calculator to help you find out. Do you even need unlimited data? Use our calculator and see what plan is right for you.
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Tired of Expensive Cell Phone Bills?
Millions of Americans are overpaying by hundreds of dollars each year on their cell phone bill. We designed our Cell Phone Savings Calculator to clear up the confusion within the cell phone industry and make it easy to switch and save.
You may think that you're stuck with T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, or AT&T, when the reality is quite the opposite. In fact, there are hundreds of low-cost carriers called MVNOs that offer excellent plans at a fraction of the cost. They act as middlemen, buying network space from the Big Four. This way, they don't need to charge extra to cover overhead fees of network infrastructure and instead deliver those savings right to the customer, without skimping on network coverage.
Accessories & Connected Devices
We don't just stop at making sure you'll find the best value cell phone plan possible. Using our price comparison engine, we've created a number of useful buyer's guides on popular accessories and devices you can pair with your smartphone.
Whether it's a wireless USB charger, BlueTooth speakers, or a stylish phone case, you can find the latest deals on cheap cell phone accessories, reviews, comparisons, and advice.
The Internet of Things
Unless you've miraculously avoided all technology over the past few years, you're likely familiar with the term Internet of Things – or IoT. What you may not know is exactly what this phrase means, or what it means for you.
The IoT is – simply put - a way of bringing anything that can turn on and off into the fold of the internet superhighway. It means harnessing technology to connect everyday products to the internet so that you can automate their functions via smartphones, computers, and tablets.
Similar in theory to smart home hubs (which I'll talk about later), these connected devices allow for mobile computing. Your smart watch can take calls and texts for you, and a GPS tracker can give you peace of mind when your child goes off to school or help locate your pets.
Advice & Guides
We've spent hundreds of hours researching the cell phone industry to truly understand what makes it tick. In order to deliver accurate, clear data across dozens of cell phone carriers to help you find the perfect deal, we made it our mission to learn the trends, patterns, and hidden workings of the industry.
This is core to the MoneySavingPro way of life: we believe informed consumers make the best purchasing decisions. In the spirit of that belief, we have a wealth of advice and guides related to a variety of cell phone related topics.
In our advice and guides section, you'll find helpful articles on how to choose the right cell phone plan, how to leave your contract and navigate your new deal, and step-by-step instructions to troubleshoot the common problems one might have when dealing with a smartphone. I encourage you to check it out so you can learn more about the devices we use every day.
Compare Internet Plans
Selecting the best internet provider may seem like a daunting task if you're not familiar with the features each one offers. To make matters more complicated, Internet service companies have carved up America into different territories (similar to television, which I'll explain later) where only a few providers may be available in your area.
Unfortunately, this means that competition is fierce but also strictly controlled. You might not be able to buy the plan that completely meets your needs simply because you don't live where they offer service.
But that doesn't mean you should pick up everything and move. Our price comparison engine has sourced dozens of the nation's most popular Internet service providers for the plans and packages they offer so you can find the best value deal for where you live possible. We look at download speeds, connection types, contract lengths, promotion prices, and bonuses when considering which plans are the best.
Quickly and easily find out which internet companies operate in your area by entering your ZIP code into our convenient ZIP code checker tool. Get information on speeds, packages, and pricing, all with the click of a button. Get started now and find the perfect Internet service plan for you.
Online privacy and internet safety are major security concerns in today's world. How much of your data can social networks, companies, the government, and criminals collect and sell? Better yet, who can see, collect and sell your child's information online?
Navigating and using the Internet is easy, but there's a surprising amount of complexity and depth to this revolutionary technology. We certainly take it for granted, but it's important to understand that the actions you take and the pages you surf to are logged, tracked, and sent out to first and third-party sources to be analyzed.
Unless, of course, you take the necessary precautions to keep your online identity safe and hidden from prying eyes. If you're worried about your privacy and whether you're doing all you can to ensure internet privacy and security in your home and on your mobile device, then read our Online Privacy & Internet Safety ultimate guide for tips and strategies.
Advice & Guides
There's a lot more to the Internet than just hopping online and posting cat pictures all day. Because of how quickly the Internet has been growing--and more complicated it's become--we've devoted hundreds of hours to create a diverse library of knowledge for everything Internet.
Whether you're a veteran warrior of the web, a novice who doesn't even know what Google is, or someone just looking for a solution to why their computer won't stop showing the blue screen of death, you'll find something useful in our advice and guides section.
In our Internet help directory, you'll find comprehensive guides on online safety and privacy, step-by-step instructions for web security and virus removal, product reviews, and answers to the common questions most people take for granted.
Compare TV Packages
News flash: cable television is complicated.
Not long ago, you could get cheap cable TV, complete with a couple dozen channels, for less than $20 a month, and if you really wanted to splurge you subscribed to HBO. Now you've got a multitude of options to choose from, from cheap cable with just local channels up to broadband Internet and TV bundles (such as a double or triple play bundle) that come with hundreds of viewing choices.
Alongside lengthy contracts, increasing fees, and an exorbitant amount of channels you probably don't watch, what can you do to survive? Fortunately, our price comparison engine can help you find the best cable TV provider for you, wherever you live. You start by entering your ZIP code so we can find who offers service in your area. From there, you can make an apples-to-apples comparison of dozens of plans for television service.
Get started now, and find the best television service for you.
Streaming Devices & Services
Streaming content and watching shows and movies online are a massive industry still in its infancy. They're so popular in fact, that you probably have a streaming subscription to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, or myriad other online services. In our constant on-the-go lives, we don't take breaks to watch our favorite television shows and movies. It only makes sense to bring that media with us everywhere we go.
In case you're on the fence about a streaming service, check out our comparison of the best streaming site so you can start watching shows on your tablet or phone. If you fancy staying home but will want to catch an episode of House of Cards, you can use a streaming stick or box to connect to your TV. Take a look at our buyer's guide for streaming devices here to get started. Who needs cable, anyway?
Advice & Guides
We all know that dealing with cable companies can be a nightmare. In fact, customer satisfaction with cable and television services is down in the dumps. For good reason to, because TV providers have divided up the United States into territories where only a few companies can provide service to you. To make matters worse, you're often locked into lengthy contracts that leave you at your TV provider's mercy, lest you pay the hefty early termination fees preventing you from freeing yourself.
Which is why we created our advice and guides section for cable, digital, and satellite television. You'll find channel guides for the different packages the major providers offer, so you'll never miss an episode of Game of Thrones or the Walking Dead again. We have step-by-step instructions for setting up a streaming service, product reviews and comparisons, and money saving tips for cutting your cable bill.
Compare Smart Home & Home Security
Home Security & Alarm Systems
How safe is your neighborhood or apartment complex? Even if where you live seems relatively crime-free, it's not a bad idea to invest in a home security system to keep your home and family safe.
Home security systems can just come with the basics, or you can choose a variety of additional products, based on what the company offers and what you need. A typical alarm system comes with a control panel and sensors that are placed on all the entry points, including windows.
Beyond that, you can choose a myriad of different security products like intercom systems, security cameras, remote access, and home monitoring services. The necessity of these extras depends on what you think you need for your home and area.
Top-of-the-line home security systems include the above and more and can bundle in products such as home security cameras, motion sensors, fire and smoke detectors, and online functionality. Additionally, some home securities integrate smart home hub elements, which I'll get into below.
Smart Home Hubs & Connected Devices
Putting together smart home systems can be tough, but worth it. The sooner you've installed your new smart home technology, the sooner you can start saving valuable time, energy, and money each day.
A smart hub will allow you to connect with every smart device in your home. Set timers on your thermostat, smart locks, and smart outlets. Control smart lights and all smart devices from one simple application. Many smart hubs are even compatible with motion sensors you can integrate into pretty much any electronic you own. From one application, you can quickly and easily access your home appliances and control your house using your smart home hub.
Whether you're looking for a smart thermostat and smart lights to save energy or a smart home hub to keep your home interconnected, we've got you covered. Examine all possible features and compare them to determine which home automation hub will work best for your home. Take a look at our smart home products page for reviews, comparisons, and buyer's guides.
Advice & Guides
Home security is important and warrants a closer look than just buying service from the most appealing company. Because of how expensive it can be to keep your property, your belongings, and your family safe, we've created an advice and guides section detailing the important information you need to know before you buy.
In our Home Security & Smart Home help section, you'll find comparisons of the best home security companies and reviews of smart home connected devices. I encourage you to take a look; we can probably answer any questions you might have before you make a purchase. If there's something even our experts can't solve, don't hesitate to contact us!
Key Considerations for Price Comparison Sites
MoneySavingPro and other price comparison websites allow you to evaluate prices of your favorite products, across a variety of vendors in one place, which eliminates the need to hunt down the best deal for hours on end.
It is important, however, to make sure that you are getting your information from a reputable site, especially if you are buying directly from the web. When you do your own research, here are some things to consider:
1. Wide Variety of Products and Retailers
As discussed above, our team has spent hundreds of hours researching and analyzing the cell phone and home service industries to help you find the best value deal and understand precisely what you're paying for. Using our price comparison engine, you can look at hundreds of retailers side-by-side before you make a click or call.
2. Accurate Pricing and Deal Information
A reliable price comparison site should contain results that are up-to-date, preferably in real-time, and accurate. Our price comparison engine is updated and maintained daily to deliver the most accurate pricing available.
We also track and highlight special deals, discounts, and promotions most companies only offer exclusively to online customers. We'll keep you informed of what the terms & conditions of those sales are and how long they last.
3. Helpful Search Options to Filter Results
It would be unbelievably annoying if you couldn't sort out your results, right? Well, it's easy to filter your search based on your needs and budget using our price comparison engine. For cell phones, you can filter by preferred carrier, data allotment, price, and more.
4. Trustworthy Vendors
Vendors need to be trustworthy. No buyer wants a bad experience with a service. We deliver our information in a straightforward, no-nonsense fashion that makes it clear exactly what you're paying for and why you're being charged.
5. Helpful and Available Customer Service
Although we've worked tirelessly to create our price comparison engine and the other tools like our savings calculators, we admit that it can be overwhelming all at once.
See that chat box in the lower right corner of your screen? If you have any questions on what you're looking at or are trying to find something, let us know. Chat with us and we'll direct you to where you need to go.
The Benefits of Using Price Comparison Websites
Price comparison sites are an amazing way to save money. But that's not the only advantage of using one:
1. Save Time
MoneySavingPro can save a buyer several literal hours to find the best price for a deal, especially if the buyer is rather inexperienced with online shopping. This time could instead be used for other productive activities.
2. Eliminate Boredom of Deal Hunting
Face it: for many shoppers, deal-hunting is not only tedious but absolutely soul crushing.
Price comparison websites eliminate the difficulty and boredom by doing the work for you.
3. See Prices From Lesser Known Retailers
While some retailers and brands carry high-quality products, they may be overshadowed by more notable competitors. Price comparison websites help expose these smaller retailers, which would help them expand their recognition and grow their brand.
While these benefits are great, not all price comparison sites are equal. It's important to ensure that a price comparison site is upfront and transparent about its policies.
In 2014, the BBC reported that the Office of Fair Trading (which has since been closed) stated that while price comparison sites pushed forward the idea of financial value, becoming a "major step forward," a review of 55 unique aggregates proved that these sites needed to improve their privacy settings, the complaints process, the display of results, and a clear indicator of the owner of the site.
The OFT not only wrote to 100 leading operators, asking them to make information on their sites clearer but also urged all consumers to be aware of the following when using price comparison sites:
- The ability to opt out of sharing any personal information
- How results are displayed, whether by relevance, price, or popularity
- The owner of the site
- Reviews for the site
- Accreditation of the site
What's the Catch?
If you're particularly worried about these sites charging you to utilize their services - don't. Typically, price comparison sites do not charge users to make use of the tools. But how exactly do they make money? The engines are monetized via payments made by the retailers listed on the site.
Retailers usually pay a flat fee, a fee for every time a user accesses the retailer site from the price comparison engine, or when the user completes a particular action, such as when purchasing a product from the retailer's site.
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