1. A reputable online seller should 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 find out if there have been any major or continual complaints lodged against them. You don't desire to be spending your money using a company that fails to deliver.
2. Be careful where you submit your credit card information. When you find yourself shopping online, always use secure sites. These are sites that have taken steps to protect your valuable information. A secured website will begin with HTTPS rather than the standard HTTP. There will also be a locked icon, in both your address or status bar, based on which browser you use.
3. Do more research around the online store you are considering before ordering a product from their website. If a store does not provide quality service or products, you will most likely find some negative reviews published on other sites. It is best to stick to online stores having an excellent reputation.
4. Be skeptical of overdoing it. It is much easier to overspend when you find yourself shopping online. You start out to rationalize that you can spend more money for those shoes because you saved money on gas and the food you would have gotten should you went to the mall, for example. Give yourself a limit and stick to it.
5. Sign up for the website's newsletter if they have one. Many times stores will give you a discount or some type of deal when you sign up for their newsletter. Determine whether there is a deal associated with registering for the newsletter at any store you would like to shop at.