Looking to shop Overstock.com? Overstock is just what the name implies, an online outlet for the liquidation of excess stock, including popular styles and designer and name brand goods. It is, essentially, an outlet mall for the Internet (cue the heavenly beams of light and angelic choir).
Like any liquidation/closeout/outlet type shopping experience, however, knowing where to start (and where to go from there) can be a challenge. Try these Overstock shopping tips to get the most from your experience.
Shop Overstock: 6 power tips
1. Get there fast
If overstock.com is too much to type, you can also use the store’s shorter URL — O.co instead.
2. Shop Overstock for high-end goods
The goal of shopping Overstock is to get designer goods at the cheapest prices possible. In other words, it’s all about shopping for value. If we want to just amass a bunch of cute but ultimately useless stuff, we’ll go to Charlotte Russe.
Have a goal in mind before you shop Overstock. Maybe that Prada handbag you’ve always promised yourself you’d have one day, or that pair of Christian Louboutin’s that are your personal shopping holy grail.
3. Use the brand filter
Once you know what you want, use the brand filter to streamline things. Yes, Overstock has some designer goods, but it’s easy to get distracted by all the other stuff, too. You don’t want to get sucked into the vortex of cheap leggings and sweatshirts — unless you actually need those things in your wardrobe.
4. Use live chat
Overstock was an early-adopter among online retailers that allow you to click to chat instantly with an online representative, in case you have questions about products, ordering, etc. It’s much more convenient than holding for ages on the 800 hotline that’s understaffed or filling out a “contact us” email. We’re pretty sure those get funneled into a black hole in distant outer space anyway.
5. Join Club O
If you like what you see and intend to shop Overstock regularly, take advantage of Club O. Club O is a paid loyalty program that costs you $20 a year. In return, you earn 5% back on your purchases plus free returns. You also get to shop the Club O Extra Rewards store, where you can earn up to 40% back on your purchases.
The $20 price tag only makes sense if you shop Overstock all the time. You don’t really need to pay to find the occasional deal.
6. Download the Overstock app
The Overstock app delivers exclusive discounts and promises a streamlined shopping experience. Users love it, too. The app has a 4.9 out of 5 rating, aggregated from more than 100,000 reviews.
7. Get 15% off by signing up for emails
I’m not a huge fan of email subscriptions, but Overstock will give you 15% off coupon just for signing up. You can always grab your coupon and then unsubscribe.
Or, use the old trick of dedicating one email address exclusively for promotional subscriptions. Then, only check that account when you need to buy something.