1. When you are searching for a location to buy an item and not one of the results appear to be from familiar retailers, you need to be hesitant about entering your information. Look for security signs from Verisign or Cybertrust, which means you know the retailer is not out to take your cash.
2. Check out coupon sites. Whatever you want to buy may have coupons or discount codes. Before you purchase something, ensure that you have the ability to take a few seconds and do a quick search. You could even want to bookmark some coupon sites to have ready when you buy.
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 this all information to determine if these costs and options fit well for you, your budget, as well as your area prior to placing an order.
4. 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. It is possible to chat immediately with a customer support representative to repair any issues or answer any questions before you purchase. That can give you a lot of satisfaction.
5. Before buying coming from a new online retailer, perform some research on them. Check online reviews from other customers to see how it handles items like customer service, shipping, and its overall buying experience. You can also look at the BBB to determine if it has any disputes and whether those disputes were resolved professionally. Try contacting the company via email and phone number, if it's posted to ask questions regarding its business before you buy anything.