1. When shopping for a particular item, check several different internet retailers. Many times with a little searching, you save as much as 25 percent. Look at many different websites to make sure you are getting the best bargain. When figuring each website's price, ensure you include shipping costs in your calculations.
2. Be wary of the emails you get, even if they appear to be from a retailer you trust. Never click on a hyperlink that directs you to a site other than the main one you shopped on. If you do, you may become vulnerable to a gimmick. Rather than clicking on an email hyperlink, just go up to your browser and enter in the web site you would like to go to. It really is much safer that way.
3. Before investing in a product online, find out more about shipping. If you do not find any details about shipping costs, contact the owner to find out if there are additional charges for shipping. If there are several shipping options, choose an affordable and reliable option to make sure you receive your product quickly.
4. Always save copies of your orders and receipts from online purchases. Many stores will redirect one to a page after you've submitted your order detailing exactly what was bought, customer information, the prices, etc. You should either print a copy 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 about your items' status or correspondence with the company regarding your orders, too.
5. When you're shopping online you should be sure you are aware who you're buying from. If you're buying on an online auction site, only buy from people that have positive feedback. On other sites look to see should they be a reputable company by searching for reviews upon them online.