1. When shopping online, most places only accept debit or credit cards. Keep this in mind when you are deciding on a site to purchase from. Should you don't feel comfortable providing the company with your credit card information, look for another site. Try to find a website that offers a good page when you're adding your bank card information.
2. If you have questions while shopping, choose a live chat function around the online store. Many big brands (and even some boutique stores) now have this functionality. You are able to chat immediately with a customer support representative to fix any issues or answer any questions before buying. That can give you a lot of peace of mind.
3. A reputable online seller needs to have a history that is recorded with the Better Business Bureau. Check with the BBB before you part with your hard earned money to determine 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.
4. Transform it into a habit to register for price alerts. This goes even for purchases that you've recently made. Price alerts will let you know each time a product has dropped to some price you want. And if you've recently purchased at full price, you are able to ask for a price adjustment to satisfy the new deal.
5. If you are intending to be shopping online, make sure that you do it from a computer connection you understand is secure, like the one that you have at home. Hackers look for WI-Fi connections in public places if they are scouting for victims, so avoid shopping when using them.