1. When shopping online, choose the best shipping policy. Many times companies offer expedited shipping. However, often times getting the product one day earlier can cost you as much as twice the normal shipping price. Therefore, if you can wait on the product to arrive using normal shipping instead of expedited shipping, choose standard shipping to save money.
2. If you're considering buying a product online, check out the reviews. The reviews from other people that have used the product can give you a great idea about the product. You might be able to find out the standard of the product, when it worked as described, and if you should have the purchase.
3. If you're making an online purchase, don't hesitate to contact customer support if you have a question. By contacting customer service before making your order, you'll learn how helpful customer support is and how quickly they respond. This really is useful information to have in the event that something fails after you've made your purchase.
4. Be careful in regards to the online stores that you consider buying from. If the web store is poorly designed, full of misspellings, and overall fishy, you should take your money elsewhere. These are signs that something might not be right about this store. It's preferable to be safe than sorry.
5. Always save copies of your orders and receipts from online purchases. Many stores will redirect one to a page after you've submitted a purchase detailing everything that 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 regarding your items' status or correspondence with the company regarding your orders, too.