1. When you're shopping online you need to be sure that you know who you're buying from. If you're buying upon an online auction site, only buy from people that have positive feedback. On other sites look to see if they are a reputable company by searching for reviews upon them online.
2. Discover the online store's return policy. Should you be considering building a purchase on an item that you might like to return, ensure you find out if returning the item is an option. Sometimes when you shop online, items are unable to be returned and you do not want to be tied to an unwanted item.
3. Always save copies of your orders and receipts from online purchases. Many stores will redirect you to a page after you've submitted your order detailing anything that was bought, customer information, the prices, etc. You should either print a copy of this or save a duplicate to your computer in case any issues arise before the end of the return period. Make sure to save any emails concerning your items' status or correspondence with the company regarding your orders, too.
4. When shopping online, be certain the site you might be on begins with "https". The "S" signifies that the site is secure, which entails that one could safely enter your personal information without having to concern yourself with identity theft. If a site does not have the "S" in it, you might want to avoid using it.
5. Sign up for the website's newsletter if they have one. Many times stores will give you a price reduction or some form of deal whenever you sign up for their newsletter. Find out if there is a deal associated with subscribing to the newsletter at any store you would like to shop at.