1. When you are shopping online, make sure that you are only shopping on secure websites. Look in the website URL and it also should display "https" rather than the usual "http" at the beginning. Always have an up-to-date copy of anti-virus running on your computer as well. This will make certain you have a safe online shopping experience.
2. Before buying a product online, find out more about shipping. If you do not find any details about shipping costs, contact the owner to find out if there are additional charges for shipping. If there are several shipping options, choose an affordable and reliable option to make sure you receive your product quickly.
3. Pay close attention for potential sales online starting as soon as Wednesday. Many brick and mortar stores do sales on the weekends, and to compete, many online retailers have moved their sales days up by a few days. You can often find exceptional mid-week bargains with just a little online research.
4. A reputable online seller should have a history that is recorded with the Better Business Bureau. Check with the BBB prior to deciding to part with your hard earned money to find out if there have been any major or continual complaints lodged against them. You don't wish to be spending your money using a company that fails to deliver.
5. Be mindful where you submit your charge card information. When you find yourself shopping online, always use secure sites. These are sites that have taken steps to guard your valuable information. A secured website will begin with HTTPS instead of the standard HTTP. There will also be a locked icon, in both your address or status bar, depending on which browser you use.