1. When searching out the best price for any big ticket item, be sure to check the store reviews to see if other customers experienced a good knowledge about them. It is also a good idea to check with the Better Business Bureau as well. You want to make sure that the business is legitimate and values you as a client.
2. Make sure that you're entering your payment details on a good site. Look for "https://" within the URL of the site that you're trying to buy something from. If you don't see that or no symbol of any website security, then it's probably a good idea not to trust those people along with your account information.
3. Many online shopping sites offer discounts if you use a "discount code". These codes can be found online by entering the words "coupon code" along with the manufacturer or name of the website you will be buying from. They might offer a percentage off or free shipping simply by entering in a simple code which can be easily found by investing a few minutes searching for it.
4. Always save copies of your orders and receipts from online purchases. Many stores will redirect you to a page after you've submitted a purchase detailing everything 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. Be sure to save any emails regarding your items' status or correspondence with the company regarding your orders, too.
5. Before investing in a product online, find out more about shipping. If you do not find any information regarding 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.