1. Before shopping from a store that is unfamiliar with you, find out what the store's reputation is similar to. You can usually do a web-based search and find out what others think of the business. It is best to do this so you do not find out the difficult way and lose your hard earned money.
2. 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 close to you, you can look on the store's website and learn if they are available to be shipped to you.
3. Do not forget to comparison shop when you are looking for things online. People usually do this when shopping in physical stores, but they don't think about it on the web. If you opt for the first sale you see, there is a chance you are going to miss out on a much better deal somewhere else.
4. Always save copies of your orders and receipts from online purchases. Many stores will redirect you to a page after you've submitted your order detailing exactly what was bought, customer information, the prices, etc. You should either print a duplicate 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. Search for coupons before purchasing a product online. Most online stores also have some promotional offers taking place. If you do not find any details about current offers on the site in the online store, look on other sites. Customers sometimes share their discount codes on message boards or couponning blogs.