Advertising Feature: Avoiding confusion: how to get the best energy prices
Once upon a time, if you wanted fruit or vegetables you went to the greengrocers. If you wanted meat you went to the butchers.
A few decades back, that all changed. The advent of the supermarket meant that for any comestibles, you went there instead. Then the supermarkets started selling clothes, mobile phones and insurance. Change wasn’t just in the big supermarkets either. Richard Branson once owned a record label – now he owns an airline, a train company and even a bank.
This process of business diversification has meant some things have become very confusing. It often seems like every company offers products or services from outside their usual remit and, whilst this means greater competition and better deals, it also translates to greater choice.
How did this affect consumers?
This change has meant that consumers now have the opportunity to gain even more competitive deals and potentially save money on a range of products and services. The downside to this is that shopping is no longer as clear-cut as it once was, and finding the perfect deal may involve a thorough comparison of dozens of potential candidates.
Internet to the rescue
Thankfully, things have settled down a bit of late, with price comparison sites largely responsible for the shift in attitudes. These websites are designed to compare prices from a vast number of retailers and insurers, allowing you to find the best deal without painstakingly contacting each individual business.
These sites also allow you to compare different tariffs and products, meaning you can determine which particular service or product is best for you from within a specific provider. If you want to find the best electricity prices for you in your area, visit a comparison site like comparethemarket.com’s electricity comparison service, and enter a few details to find it. This service could save you hundreds of pounds compared to what you are paying now, and as there is only one online form to complete, the process is much easier than you may have imagined.
After a time of so much change, it’s nice to know that a little balance and common sense has been restored. The frenzy for our custom may continue but with sites like comparethemarket.com offering thorough online comparisons we can avoid the stress and confusion.
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