1. Never give out your Social Security number to 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 continue an online store site and discover that being a requirement, do not buy everything from them and shop somewhere else.
2. Always save copies of your orders and receipts from online purchases. Many stores will redirect you to a page after you've submitted an order detailing everything that was bought, customer information, the prices, etc. You should either print a duplicate of this or save a copy to your computer in case any issues arise before the end of the return period. Be sure to save any emails regarding your items' status or correspondence with the company regarding your orders, too.
3. Before you start your web shopping, ensure that you've got up-to-date antivirus software. Internet shopping is a hotbed for suspect websites. Many people build stores with the goal to infect your computer with malware. It's best which you take precautions prior to visiting any stores, no matter how reputable you feel they are.
4. Before shopping from a store that is a new comer to you, discover what the store's reputation is like. You can usually do an online search and discover what others think of the business. It is best to do that so you may not find out the difficult way and lose your hard earned money.
5. When shopping for a specific item, check several different internet retailers. Many times with some searching, it can save you as much as 25 percent. Look at a number of websites to ensure that you are getting the best bargain. When figuring each website's price, ensure you include shipping costs into your calculations.