1. Find out the online store's return policy. In case you are considering creating a purchase on an item that you may want to return, be sure you find out if returning the item is an option. Sometimes when you shop online, items can not be returned and you may not want to be saddled with an unwanted item.
2. If a website is not secure, do not buy something. Simply check out at the web 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" inside the address, start working on a different site to be in the safe side.
3. Online shopping is a great way to find items that are out of stock at your local store. For example, 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 find out if they are offered to be shipped to you.
4. Always save copies of your orders and receipts from online purchases. Many stores will redirect one to a page after you've submitted your order detailing anything that was bought, customer information, the prices, etc. You should either print a duplicate of this or save a copy 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. When shopping online, be certain the site you are on starts off with "https". The "S" implies that the site is secure, which entails that you can safely enter your personal information without having to worry about identity theft. When a site lacks the "S" in it, you may want to avoid using it.