A woman has shared valuable advice for those shopping online in a TikTok video that has been viewed two million times.
Brigette Muller posted the video to her @hummusbirrd account where she shared common coupon codes shoppers can use during the checkout process. Viewers chimed in and offered their own tips for finding discount codes.
According to the American Marketing Association, promotional codes have become so commonplace that consumers have begun to expect them to be a natural part of their shopping experience.
The organization noted that if there is no code offered by a retailer, a shopper can search for codes on websites that list them.
“Promo codes are a valuable part of most retailers’ marketing mix,” the article states. “They can help marketers hit sales targets, acquire new customers without losing money, and move excess inventory.”
Muller said discount codes are “easy” to guess and noted they can vary from store to store.
She then went through a few variations of a code usually offered to new customers. Shoppers can type “welcome” followed by a number to potentially get a certain percentage off their purchase.
“If it’s a hipper company, try something like ‘Hello,'” Muller recommended.
She said Newsweek in an email, she guessed a promo code during a purchase about a year ago and was surprised it worked. Since then, Muller has guessed the discount codes several times.
A frequent online shopper, Muller said the trick works about 25% of the time.
His advice was well received by viewers, with many offering their own tips for finding a coupon code that works.
“Omg and popular girl names + a number.. rachel10 lauren15 claire20,” one TikTok user wrote.
A viewer said he works in customer service and different variations of “sorry” can help get money out of the order.
“Try seasons too,” another recommended. “Spring10, Summer10, etc.”
“I need this because Honey hasn’t worked for me in MONTHS,” wrote one viewer, referring to the browser extension that applies discount codes to online orders.
A viewer shared that shoppers can leave their cart online for a day before receiving a promotional code sent to their email address.
“These are great for big business, but please don’t do it to small businesses, show them your support and spend the extra bucks,” one TikTok user wrote.
Muller agreed with this sentiment and said Newsweek these tips should be used with larger companies that can probably offer a discount.
“I really don’t recommend doing this in a way that seems unethical, like guessing codes for small businesses or using codes that would make the entire order free,” she said. .
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