1. If you're purchasing clothes or shoes online, be careful with the sizing. Some items typically run smaller or bigger than normal. Some shopping sites will advertise if an item runs true to size. If the site doesn't list anything about sizing, glance at the reviews. In most cases, if an item is running larger or smaller, the reviewers will let you know.
2. If you are going to be doing some shopping online, make sure you be aware of the liability for each and every 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 need to get stuck with purchases made on the card if the number is stolen.
3. Get familiar with the shipping facts of an online retailer. Their shipping policy should be outlined in a separate section to illustrate the average time you should get your items, geographic restrictions, shipping choices, possible shipping insurance, and what their handling and shipping fees are. Use all of this information to decide if these costs and options fit well to suit your needs, your budget, and your area prior to placing an order.
4. Learn the online store's return policy. If you are considering building a purchase on an item that you may want to return, be sure you find out if returning the item is surely an option. Sometimes when you shop online, items can not be returned and you do not want to be saddled with an unwanted item.
5. If you are looking at purchasing from the seller the very first time, take a moment to carefully examine their past customer reviews. Typically this will give you an approximate idea of what type of goods and services you need to expect yourself. Anyone who has been rated lowly time and time again should be given a broad swerve.