1. Before going shopping at any online retailer, do a quick search for promotional codes. Most of the big retailers often have promotions running that are not advertised on the home page. Doing a quick look for these codes will allow you to insert the code at checkout to save money.
2. Speak to your friends about their favorite web stores. There are millions of sites out there, and there is no method for you to find them all yourself. Talk to the people you already know to find out who the reputable online retailers are, and where they like to shop. This can save you a lot of time and energy.
3. Get familiar with the shipping facts of an online retailer. Their shipping policy should be outlined in a separate section to explain the average time you should get your items, geographic restrictions, shipping choices, possible shipping insurance, and what their handling and shipping fees are. Use all of this information to determine if these costs and options fit well for you personally, your budget, as well as your area before you place an order.
4. 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 cash with a company that fails to deliver.
5. Before you make a purchase, make a price comparison on several websites. Look for special coupons and offers on these websites to ensure that you are getting the best offer possible. Also look into what it will cost for that shipping on the items and in case there are free freight options open to you.