1. Before buying from a new online retailer, do some research on them. Check online reviews from other customers to see the actual way 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 on its business before you buy anything.
2. When you are shopping on the web, make sure that you are only shopping on secure websites. Look in the website URL plus it should display "https" rather than the usual "http" at the beginning. Also have an updated copy of anti-virus running on your computer as well. This will make certain you have a safe online shopping experience.
3. If a company includes a newsletter, sign up. Often, companies will give sneak peeks, special deals and online coupons to people on the mailing list. However, be careful. You don't want to sign up for every company's newsletter or you'll soon be buried under endless emails. Only sign up for a company's newsletter if you really like their products and services and would use a coupon code.
4. If a website is not secure, do not make a purchase. Simply check out at the website address when you are shopping. If you notice an "https" as opposed to an "http," you can feel confident enough to insert your bank card information. However, if there is no "s" in the address, proceed to a different site to be around the safe side.
5. When shopping online, be certain the site you happen to be on starts with "https". The "S" signifies that the site is secure, which entails that you can safely enter your personal information without having to concern yourself with identity theft. If a site lacks the "S" in it, you might want to avoid using it.