1. Make it a habit to register for price alerts. This goes for purchases that you've recently made. Price alerts will let you know when a product has dropped to a price you like. And when you've recently purchased at full price, you can ask for a price adjustment to meet the newest deal.
2. Always remember your finances and credit limits when shopping 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 way you look at offline shopping. Never buy items online that you don't have the cash to pay for.
3. Be careful in regards to the online stores that you consider buying from. If the web store is poorly designed, filled with misspellings, and overall fishy, you should take your money elsewhere. These are signs that something might not be right about this store. It's better to be safe than sorry.
4. When you are online shopping, make sure that you are just shopping on secure websites. Look in the website URL plus it should display "https" as opposed to the usual "http" at the beginning. Always have an updated copy of anti-virus running on your computer as well. This will ensure that you have a safe online shopping experience.
5. A reputable online seller needs to have a history that is recorded with the Better Business Bureau. Check with the BBB before you decide to part with your hard earned money to see if there have been any major or continual complaints lodged against them. You don't wish to be spending your money using a company that fails to offer.