1. Be careful which sites you patronize. It is difficult to learn which are on the up and up and which are not, but there are a few clues. If the address does not make sense or the design seems off, go to a different site. In addition, if a lot of pop-up windows begin appearing, close them out and move on.
2. After you have found the items you desire, check to see if there are any coupons offered. There are many websites that offer coupons. These coupons can be a certain percent off, a certain dollar amount off or free freight. Many times several coupons are available. If this is the case, choose the one that will save you as much as possible.
3. Online shopping is a great way to find items that are out of stock at your local store. For instance, if you are unable to find a certain size of jeans at the store in your area, you can look on the store's website and find out if they are accessible to be shipped to you.
4. Find out more about the payment methods offered by the online store you are interested in. Most stores give you the option to pay with a credit card or with PayPal. Credit cards is a safe option as long as the store features a secure server. If you do not see any information regarding safety, it is recommended to go through another store.
5. When you are searching for a location to buy a product and no results appear to be from familiar retailers, you need to be hesitant about entering your details. Look for security signs from Verisign or Cybertrust, so you know the retailer is not out to take your cash.