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 definitely an option. Sometimes when you shop online, items can not be returned and you do not want to be stuck with an unwanted item.
2. If you're making an online purchase, don't hesitate to contact customer service if you have an issue. By contacting customer service before you make your order, you'll discover how helpful customer care is and how quickly they respond. This is useful information to have when something goes completely wrong after you've made your purchase.
3. Discover more about the payment methods provided by the online store you are interested in. Most stores give you the option to pay with credit cards or with PayPal. A charge card is a safe option as long as the store has a secure server. If you do not see any information regarding safety, it is recommended to go through another store.
4. Always save copies of your orders and receipts from online purchases. Many stores will redirect you to a page after you've submitted a purchase detailing everything that was bought, customer information, the prices, etc. You should either print a duplicate of this or save a duplicate to your computer in case any issues arise before the end of the return period. Make sure to save any emails about your items' status or correspondence with the company regarding your orders, too.
5. After you have found the items you would like, check to see if there are any coupons offered. There are many websites that offer coupons. These coupons can be a certain percent off, a certain dollar amount off or free shipping. Many times several coupons are available. If this is the case, choose one that will save you as much as possible.