1. In case a company has a newsletter, sign-up. Often, companies will give sneak peeks, deals and coupon codes to people on their own mailing list. However, be careful. You don't want to sign up for every company's newsletter or you'll soon be buried under endless emails. Only sign up for a company's newsletter in the event you really like their goods and would use a promotion code.
2. Be cautious which sites you patronize. It is difficult to learn which are on the up and up and that are not, but there are a few clues. If the address does not make sense or the design seems off, go to a different site. Furthermore, if a bunch of pop-up windows begin appearing, close them out and move on.
3. Before making a purchase, make a price comparison on several websites. Look for special coupons and offers on these websites to make sure you are getting the best deal possible. Also look into what it will cost for that shipping on your own items and in case there are free freight options accessible to you.
4. Make sure to read all the information about any product you are considering purchasing. Just looking at a picture online can be deceiving sometimes. It will make a product look bigger or smaller than. Make sure to look at the description which means you know exactly what you are actually purchasing.
5. Always save copies of your orders and receipts from online purchases. Many stores will redirect you to a page after you've submitted your order detailing anything that was bought, customer information, the prices, etc. You should either print a copy of this or save a duplicate to your computer in case any issues arise before the end of the return period. Ensure that you save any emails about your items' status or correspondence with the company regarding your orders, too.