1. Call the online company before you make a purchase. If you have some kind of problem with your purchase, you want in order to know that you could reach customer care easily. That's why it's a good idea to call before you provide them with your bank card information. In the event you can't get anyone on the phone, steer clear.
2. Always remember your finances and credit limits when shopping online. The virtual world of online shopping has become a lot of people in serious debt. You need to examine online shopping in a similar manner you look at offline shopping. Never buy items online that you don't have the cash to pay for.
3. Be careful in regard to the online stores that you consider buying from. If the online store is poorly designed, full of misspellings, and overall fishy, you should take your money elsewhere. These are signs that something might not be right about this store. It's preferable to be safe than sorry.
4. Before buying from the new online retailer, perform some research on them. Check online reviews from other customers to see how it handles items like customer service, shipping, and its overall buying experience. You can also look at the BBB to see if it has any disputes and whether those disputes were resolved professionally. Try contacting the company via email and phone number, if it's posted to ask questions about its business before you buy anything.
5. 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 exactly what 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. Ensure that you save any emails concerning your items' status or correspondence with the company regarding your orders, too.