1. If you feel that you will be making a lot of online purchases later on, consider applying for a separate charge card to use just for these transactions. It is simpler to track all transactions should they be the only items listed with this card's transaction records. Additionally, you don't need to worry about your own funds being compromised, even temporarily, if you are a victim of fraud.
2. Always save copies of your orders and receipts from online purchases. Many stores will redirect one to a page after you've submitted an order detailing exactly what 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 about your items' status or correspondence with the company regarding your orders, too.
3. 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 opt for the first sale you see, you will find a chance you will miss out on a better deal elsewhere.
4. Call the online company prior to making a purchase. If you have some kind of problem with your purchase, you want so that you can know that you can reach customer support easily. That's why it's a good idea to call before you provide them with your bank card information. In the event you can't get anyone on the telephone, steer clear.
5. Always remember your budget and credit limits when you shop online. The virtual realm of online shopping has become a lot of people in serious debt. You need to look at online shopping in the same manner you look at offline shopping. Never buy items online that you don't have the cash to pay for.