1. Never give out your Social Security number to an online merchant. This number is not required for placing orders online. Giving an online store your Social Security number can help them use your personal and personal data to steal your identity. To prevent that, if you carry on an online store site and see that as a requirement, do not buy everything from them and shop elsewhere.
2. When shopping online, choose the best shipping policy. Often times companies offer expedited shipping. However, often getting the product one day earlier can cost you as much as twice the normal shipping price. Therefore, if you can wait on the product to arrive using normal shipping instead of expedited shipping, choose standard shipping to save money.
3. If you're purchasing clothes or shoes online, be careful with all the sizing. Some items typically run smaller or bigger than normal. Some shopping sites will advertise if an item runs true to size. If the site doesn't list anything about sizing, glance at the reviews. In most cases, if an item is running larger or smaller, the reviewers will let you know.
4. Be sure that when you make a purchase online, you are aware of when the site is secure or not. You do not want your information being compromised in this day and age. Identity theft is quite common, and you must protect your information whatsoever cost so that you will wish to keep making purchases online.
5. When you are making a purchase online, make sure that you use a credit card to pay for the transaction. Credit card users are protected against fraud by federal law and therefore are only responsible for $50 in these cases. Some card agencies will even go so far concerning wave the $50 for you, which means that you will not be out of pocket.