1. If you like a web-based store, join their email distribution list. You will probably receive some coupons and information about deals in your mailbox. Check these emails regularly to remain up to date with great deals and promotional offers. Most online stores often offer free shipping or discounts on certain products.
2. Never give out your Social Security number for an online merchant. This number is not required for placing orders online. Giving an online store your Social Security number can help them use your personal and personal data to steal your identity. To prevent that, if you continue an online store site and discover that as a requirement, do not buy everything from them and shop someplace else.
3. Be wary of any emails you obtain, even if they appear to be from the retailer you trust. Never click on a web link that directs you to a website other than the main one you shopped on. Should you do, you may become vulnerable to a scam. Rather than simply clicking an email hyperlink, just go up to your browser and enter in the web site you would like to go to. It is actually much safer that way.
4. When a company has a newsletter, sign up. Often, companies will give sneak peeks, special deals and online coupons to people on their mailing list. However, be careful. You don't want to sign up for every company's newsletter or you'll soon be buried under endless emails. Only join a company's newsletter should you really like their products and services and would use a promotion code.
5. In case you have questions while shopping, search for a live chat function in the online store. Many big brands (and even some boutique stores) now have this functionality. It is possible to chat immediately with a customer care representative to repair any issues or answer any questions prior to buying. That can give you a lot of peace of mind.