1. Always save copies of your orders and receipts from online purchases. Many stores will redirect one to a page after you've submitted your order detailing everything that was bought, customer information, the prices, etc. You should either print a copy 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 concerning your items' status or correspondence with the company regarding your orders, too.
2. When searching out the best price for a big ticket item, make sure you check the store reviews to see if other customers experienced a good knowledge about them. Additionally it is a good idea to check with the Better Business Bureau also. You want to make sure that the business is legitimate and values you as a client.
3. When you are searching for a place to buy an item and no results seem to be from familiar retailers, you should be hesitant about entering your data. Look for security signs from Verisign or Cybertrust, which means you know the retailer is not out to take your money.
4. When shopping online, choose the best shipping policy. Many times companies offer expedited shipping. However, often getting the product one day earlier can cost you as much as twice the normal shipping price. Therefore, if you can wait on the product to arrive using normal shipping instead of expedited shipping, choose standard shipping to save money.
5. If a website is not secure, do not buy something. Simply search for at the website address when you are shopping. If you notice an "https" instead of an "http," you can feel confident enough to insert your bank card information. However, if there is no "s" within the address, start working on a different site to be around the safe side.