1. Be wary for any emails you obtain, even if they appear to be from a retailer you trust. Never click on a web link that directs you to a site other than usually the one you shopped on. Should you, you may become vulnerable to a scam. Rather than clicking on an email hyperlink, just go up to your browser and type in the web site you need to go to. It is much safer that way.
2. Always save copies of your orders and receipts from online purchases. Many stores will redirect one to a page after you've submitted your order detailing exactly what was bought, customer information, the prices, etc. You should either print a duplicate of this or save a copy 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.
3. 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 it is. Make sure to look at the description so that you know exactly what you are purchasing.
4. Learn the online store's return policy. Should you be considering making a purchase on an item that you may 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 do not want to be saddled with an unwanted item.
5. If you are going to be doing some shopping online, make sure you be aware of the liability for each credit card you use online. Many credit cards have automatic fraud prevention built-in while others offer it to get a minimal fee. You do not want to get stuck with purchases made on your own card if the number is stolen.