1. If you are going to get doing some online shopping, make sure you understand the liability for every credit card you use online. Many credit cards have automatic fraud prevention integrated while others offer it for any minimal fee. You do not want to get stuck with purchases made on your card if the number is stolen.
2. A reputable online seller should have a history that is recorded with the Better Business Bureau. Check with the BBB before you part with your hard earned money to determine if there have been any major or continual complaints lodged against them. You don't desire to be spending your cash with a company that fails to deliver.
3. Sign-up for any identity fraud protection your credit card company offers, particularly if you shop online often. No matter how safe you are or how diligently you believe it is possible to protect your data, it's never one hundred percent guaranteed. Take full advantage of automatic ID protection and know you will have back-up, should the worst occur.
4. Call the online company prior to making a purchase. If you have some kind of problem with your purchase, you want so that you can know that you can reach customer support easily. That's why it's a good idea to call before you allow them to have your charge card information. In the event you can't get anyone on the telephone, steer clear.
5. After you have found the items you want, check to see if there are any coupons offered. There are many websites that offer coupons. These coupons can be a certain percent off, a certain dollar amount off or free delivery. Many times several coupons are given. If this is the case, choose one that will save you the most money.