1. 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" as opposed to the usual "http" at the beginning. Also have an up to date copy of anti-virus running on your computer as well. This will make certain you have a safe online shopping experience.
2. Before buying from the new online retailer, do your homework on them. Check online reviews from other customers to see the actual way it handles things like customer service, shipping, and its overall buying experience. You can also check 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 about its business before you buy anything.
3. If a company includes a newsletter, sign-up. Often, companies will give sneak peeks, deals and discount codes to people on their own 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 join a company's newsletter should you really like their goods and would use a discount code.
4. Do not forget to comparison shop when you are looking for things online. People usually do that when shopping in physical stores, but they don't think about it on the web. If you choose the first sale you see, there is a chance you may miss out on a much better deal someplace else.
5. Before you make a purchase, compare costs on several websites. Try to find special coupons and offers on these websites to ensure that you are getting the best bargain possible. Also look into exactly what it will cost for the shipping on the items and when there are free shipping options open to you.