1. Sign up for the website's newsletter if they have one. Many times stores will give you a discount or some kind of deal once you sign up for their newsletter. Determine if there is a deal associated with signing up for the newsletter at any store you need to shop at.
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 guard your valuable information. A secured website will begin with HTTPS rather than the standard HTTP. There can also be a locked icon, in both your address or status bar, according to which browser you use.
3. Learn the online store's return policy. Should you be considering building a purchase on an item that you might want 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 may not want to be saddled with an unwanted item.
4. Before shopping from a store that is unfamiliar with you, learn what the store's reputation is like. You can usually do a web-based search and find out what others think of the business. It is best to do that so you may not find out the hard way and lose your money.
5. Get familiar with the shipping facts of an online retailer. Their shipping policy should be outlined in a separate section to describe the average time you should get your items, geographic restrictions, shipping choices, possible shipping insurance, and what their handling and shipping fees are. Use all of this information to decide if these costs and options fit well to suit your needs, your budget, and your area before you place an order.