1. If you feel you will be making a lot of online purchases in the future, consider applying for a separate credit card to use simply for these transactions. It is easier to track all transactions when they are 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. A reputable online seller needs to have a history that is recorded with the Better Business Bureau. Check with the BBB before you part with your hard earned money to find out if there have been any major or continual complaints lodged against them. You don't want to be spending your money with a company that fails to deliver.
3. Before you make a purchase, compare prices on several websites. Try to find special coupons and offers on these websites to make sure you are getting the best offer possible. Also look into exactly what it will cost for your shipping on the items and when there are free delivery options accessible to you.
4. Never give out your Social Security number with 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 information to steal your identity. To prevent that, if you carry on an online store site and see that as being a requirement, do not buy anything from them and shop somewhere else.
5. If you're making an online purchase, don't hesitate to contact customer support if you have an issue. By contacting customer service prior to making your order, you'll find out how helpful customer service is and just how quickly they respond. This can be useful information to have when something goes completely wrong after you've made your purchase.