1. For those who have questions while shopping, search for a live chat function around the online store. Many big brands (and even some boutique stores) now have this functionality. It is possible to chat immediately with a customer support representative to fix any issues or answer any questions before you purchase. That can give you a lot of peace of mind.
2. When getting things shipped to your home which you bought online, know your consumer rights regarding time tables and condition of items. You have a straight to receive items according to the terms stated whenever you ordered them and reasonable expectations of goods being undamaged. Check with the BBB for exact specifics and get what's coming to you fairly!
3. Sign-up for any identity fraud protection your credit card company offers, specifically if you shop online often. No matter how safe you are or how diligently you believe it is possible to protect your information, it's never one hundred percent guaranteed. Take full advantage of automatic ID protection and know you will have back-up, should the worst occur.
4. Call the online company before you make a purchase. If you have some kind of problem with your purchase, you want so that you can know that one could reach customer care easily. That's why it's a good idea to call before you allow them to have your credit card information. In the event you can't get anyone on the phone, steer clear.
5. When you are shopping on the web, make sure that you are just shopping on secure websites. Look in the site URL and it should display "https" rather than the usual "http" at the beginning. Usually have an updated copy of anti-virus running on your computer as well. This will ensure that you have a safe online shopping experience.