1. 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 want to be spending your cash with a company that fails to deliver.
2. Find out the online store's return policy. In case you are considering building a purchase on an item that you might want to return, make sure to find out if returning the item is an option. Sometimes when you shop online, items cannot be returned and you may not want to be saddled with an unwanted item.
3. To safeguard yourself use a credit card while shopping online. The federal government has passed laws to protect consumers in the event of fraud. The amount the consumer is responsible for is a mere $50.00 as compared to debit cards where the entire balance could be withdrawn by internet hackers.
4. When you are making any purchases on the internet and you are required to create a user account, never utilize the same passwords that you use on other websites. Do not use your e-mail or banking password to make a free account to buy shoes from a web retailer. If somebody was able to see this password, they could have access to more than simply your profile on the retailer's store.
5. If you like an internet store, subscribe to their email distribution list. You will probably receive some coupons and information about deals in your mailbox. Check these emails regularly to keep up to date with good deals and promotional offers. Most online stores often offer free shipping or discounts on certain products.