1. If you're making an online purchase, don't hesitate to contact customer care if you have a matter. By contacting customer service prior to making your order, you'll learn how helpful customer care is and just how quickly they respond. This is useful information to have in the event that something goes completely wrong after you've made your purchase.
2. When you are searching for a location to buy a product and none of the results appear to be from familiar retailers, you should be hesitant about entering your data. Look for security signs from Verisign or Cybertrust, which means you know the retailer is not in the market to take your money.
3. Make it a habit to register for price alerts. This goes even for purchases that you've recently made. Price alerts will tell you when a product has dropped to a price you like. And when you've recently purchased at full price, you can request a price adjustment to meet the newest deal.
4. Always save copies of your orders and receipts from online purchases. Many stores will redirect you to a page after you've submitted an order detailing anything that 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. Be sure to save any emails regarding your items' status or correspondence with the company regarding your orders, too.
5. If you are looking at purchasing from the seller the very first time, take a moment to carefully examine their past customer reviews. Typically this will give you an approximate idea of which kind of goods and services you should expect yourself. Anyone who has been rated lowly time and time again needs to be given a large swerve.