1. When searching out the best price for any big ticket item, make sure you check the store reviews to see if other customers enjoyed a good knowledge about them. It is also a good idea to talk with the Better Business Bureau too. You want to make sure that the business is legitimate and values you as a client.
2. To protect yourself use a credit card when shopping online. The government has passed laws to protect consumers in the event of fraud. The amount the customer is responsible for is really a mere $50.00 as compared to atm cards where the entire balance can be withdrawn by internet hackers.
3. Always save copies of your orders and receipts from online purchases. Many stores will redirect you to a page after you've submitted a purchase detailing exactly what was bought, customer information, the prices, etc. You should either print a copy of this or save a copy to your computer in case any issues arise before the end of the return period. Ensure that you save any emails concerning your items' status or correspondence with the company regarding your orders, too.
4. If you are going to be shopping online, make sure that you get it done from a computer connection you understand is secure, like the one which you have in the home. Hackers search for WI-Fi connections in public places when they are scouting for victims, so avoid shopping when using them.
5. Pay close attention for potential sales online starting as soon as Wednesday. Many brick and mortar stores do sales on the weekends, and to compete, many online retailers have moved their sales days up by a couple of days. You can often find exceptional mid-week bargains with just a little online research.