1. Be cautious where you submit your bank card information. If you are 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, either in your address or status bar, based on which browser you use.
2. Sign up for the website's newsletter if they have one. Many times stores will give you a price reduction or some type of deal once you sign up for their newsletter. Find out if there is a deal associated with registering for the newsletter at any store you would like to shop at.
3. A reputable online seller should have a history that is recorded with the Better Business Bureau. Check with the BBB prior to deciding 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 want to be spending your money with a company that fails to offer.
4. If you are making a purchase online, make certain you use credit cards to pay for the transaction. Credit card users are protected against fraud by federal law and they are only liable for $50 in these cases. Some card agencies will even go so far concerning wave the $50 for you, meaning that you will not be out of pocket.
5. Do not forget to comparison shop when you are looking for things online. People usually do this when shopping in physical stores, but they don't think about it on the web. If you choose the first sale you see, there is a chance you may miss out on a better deal elsewhere.