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November 12 2014


How Comparison Websites Work

We've all seen the adverts for cost comparison websites, covering everything from car insurance to holidays. They are a part and parcel of the 'digital revolution', and it's fair to say that a good number of us have used one at some point. However, do you know how they work, and are they actually beneficial to us? Let's have a closer look at the phenomenon, and we will show you just how they do their job.

Just What is a Comparison Site?

A cost comparison website is a useful tool in many ways; by using one to search for a given product or service you are making it easier to find the best deal in that market. Rather than browsing through individual websites for, say, mobile phone packages, the comparison site will gather all of the available options according to the information you provide, and will list them for you to compare in a simple and easy to read layout. Quick, easy and - above all - free, the time and effort saved is easy to see.
What Products Do They Cover?

Quite simple, pretty much anything that can be purchased online may be covered by a cost comparison website; insurance for cars and homes, credit card deals, holidays and flights, personal loans, courier comparison, mobile phones and more are all popular within the genre, but it is worth knowing that some may require a more complex request than others. For example, a personal loan will be a set rate regardless of the individual requesting it, hence you input your loan amount and you get a list of comparable prices. Car insurance, however, will depend upon a number of factors unique to the individual: age, experience, the value of the car, the state of your licence, your address, where the car is kept at night, its power and performance, and so on. For this reason you will need to fill in quite a complex form that may take some time. Once done, however, the details are checked against various insurers, meaning you only have to fill it in once, rather than for each one. There are websites that compare different types of products and services, like Opodo.com (flights, car hire, hotels). Some others compare only one type of product or service, like Loenvio.co (courier services).

Which Companies Are Included?

The power and scope of comparison websites means that most companies offering the desired products and services will sign up to use the site; they will pay a fee to be included, as not to do so means their rivals will be represented, and they will not. Easy to use, and very much helpful for the consumer, comparison websites are here to stay.

August 30 2014


The Emergence of Courier Comparison Websites

The internet has become a vital tool both for business and personal users, and is awash with useful sites that offer a wide variety of information, entertainment, products and services. One of the fastest growing areas of internet use is in comparison websites. Used to compare side by side prices for everything from insurance to holidays, these time-saving portals offer an easy and quick method of seeing what is available in a particular sphere.

For business users, and for individuals, the emergence of courier comparison websites has been of great benefit. We all have occasions - some of us on a regular basis - where we need to send an item, big or small, to a given address in the shortest possible time at the best price. Courier comparison websites bring together the prices and deals from all of the players in the field, and give the user a clear comparison based on the criteria they give.

Comparison sites work by allowing users to input their given criteria: this can include the starting point and destination, size, type and weight of the article, when it is required to be delivered and any other factors that may influence the price and service. The site then accesses all options from the couriers, and brings them together in an easy to view panel for the user to see.
The best courier comparison websites also allow the user to choose the option they wish to use; this will then direct them to the courier website, where they can enter their details and request the service, plus pay by credit or debit card on a secure payment system. Quick and simple, the comparison site eliminates the need to look at a number of courier sites or make phone calls to get prices: it's all done in no time at all, and with just a few clicks.

Courier comparison websites are now available across the world; they can be found widely in Europe and the USA, in many parts of South America, in India and the surrounding areas and in Australia, as well as in many other countries across the world. They provide a valuable and welcome service for businesses and individuals looking to find the most cost-effective method of sending an item, and are welcomed also by the couriers themselves, who have an opportunity to show how they can compete against the many other companies operating in the field.
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