1. Learn the online store's return policy. If you are considering creating a purchase on an item that you might like to return, make sure to find out if returning the item is an option. Sometimes when you shop online, items are unable to be returned and you do not want to be tied to an unwanted item.
2. Before buying from a new online retailer, do some research on them. Check online reviews from other customers to see the actual way it handles items like customer service, shipping, and its overall buying experience. You can also check the BBB to determine if it has any disputes and whether those disputes were resolved professionally. Try contacting the company via email and phone number, if it's posted to ask questions regarding its business before you buy anything.
3. If you are looking at purchasing from the seller for the first time, take a moment to carefully examine their past customer reviews. As a general rule this will give you an approximate idea of what type of goods and services you ought to expect yourself. Anyone who has been rated lowly time and time again needs to be given a wide swerve.
4. To guard yourself use a credit card while shopping online. The government has passed laws to protect consumers in the event of fraud. The amount the consumer is responsible for is a mere $50.00 as compared to atm cards where the entire balance could be withdrawn by internet hackers.
5. Before you start your web shopping, make sure that you've got up-to-date antivirus software. Online shopping is a hotbed for suspect websites. Many people build stores with the goal to infect your computer with malware. It's best that you take precautions prior to visiting any stores, no matter how reputable you feel they may be.