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QVC has ridden the technology wave into re-imagining and re-inventing home shopping. Its goal is to continue combining shopping, entertainment, and social connections. QVC is known for its incredible deals in its online clearance section, but there are a few other tips and tricks that only seasoned online QVC shoppers know. Here are a few clues for getting more bang for your buck out of QVC.
QVC's "As-Is" section offers deep discounts on products like customer returns, vendor samples, discontinued inventory, and even on-air displays. These are the same products available at QVC outlet stores. The catch here is that most of the items in this section are not brand new. However, QVC's return policy still applies - meaning you won't be stuck with a damaged product.
The As-Is section has several categories of marked-down products to choose from, including electronics and jewelry. Once in the As-Is section, you can then search by product category, brand, price, or even best sellers and customer top-rated products.
The QVC website has a "compare" option, where you can select certain products, and then see a side-by-side comparison. For example, if you're shopping for gold jewelry in the As-Is section, you can select the items you're interested in and then hit "compare." A page will pop up that shows gram weight, metal karat, and other item specifics in a chart. You can select several products at once and review them in the comparison chart prior to purchasing.
QVC actually started its own social media site, which is similar to Pinterest and other visual-based sites. ToGather allows customers to create a personalized stream of QVC products they like. Additionally, customers can follow others’ newsfeeds for shopping recommendations from their favorite brands, or even from friends.
Just like Twitter, the site shows which products are trending, and then sets up an integrated shopping cart if the user makes a purchase. ToGather represents QVC’s human social brand approach, highlighting the people behind the customer’s favorite products.
Liking QVC on Facebook also offers some perks. The QVC Facebook page is updated regularly with helpful tips and information, and encourages the customer to communicate with the QVC community.
Signing up for QVC promotional emails provide customers with sneak previews before the products even air. Subscribers will receive weekly updates, style advice, and exclusive offers.
The QCard is a credit card designed to make shopping with QVC more efficient and easy. Upon approval, the QCard holder receives special promotions, private sale opportunities, and additional offers.
QVC is offering a promotion now that gives new QCard holders a $10 QVC eGift Card. QCard holders also receive a free studio tour pass to visit the QVC broadcasting facility in West Chester, PA with five friends.
QVC’s Easy Pay option allows customers to pay for items in monthly installments, instead of all at once. This online layaway option allows the customer to receive their purchase and pay it off over time. This amount includes not only the purchase price, but any additional fees like shipping or applicable sales tax. The first Easy Pay installment is billed at checkout, and the remaining installment is due 30 to 31 days later. The remaining installments are then billed to the customer’s QCard or another major credit card until the item is paid in full.
Customers can easily go online and view their remaining balance, pay their balance, or edit the payment method on file.
Super Saturday is an event sponsored by QVC that was once called “The Rolls-Royce of Garage Sales” by the New York Times in 2002. The event helps support the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF) by bringing together luxury brands at huge discounted prices.
Past participants include Versace, Rag&Bone, Alice + Olivia, and Diane von Furstenberg. All proceeds go to the OCRF, which help fund OCRF programs and research. For customers who are unable to make the event, QVC offers Super Saturday sales on its website, as well. The Super Saturday sale has raised over $8.9 million for OCRF since 2007.
Make an additional donation to the OCRF and you can both make a difference in someone's life and claim that donation as a charitable tax deduction once Uncle Sam comes calling in April.
QVC is known for its beauty products and brands, but some might not know that QVC is distinct in the way it bundles its makeup products. The website offers specials on makeup kits that contain full-sized beauty products bundled together. This means that you can snatch up your favorite products by buying them in a bundle, and the price is significantly less than if you were to buy at Sephora or on other websites.
QVC is unlike most other companies, because it bundles full-sized products instead of travel or mini-sized versions – resulting in major savings for the customer. Stock up when you see your favorite brands bundled.