1. If you have questions while shopping, search for a live chat function in the online store. Many big brands (and even some boutique stores) now have this functionality. It is possible to chat immediately with a customer support representative to repair any issues or answer any questions prior to buying. That can give you a lot of satisfaction.
2. If you are intending to be shopping on the web, make sure that you practice it from a computer connection you know is secure, like one that you have in the home. Hackers try to find WI-Fi connections in public places if they are scouting for victims, so avoid shopping when using them.
3. Although it may look tedious, make sure you read the contract and terms before you purchase with a website. These documents have valuable info on what you can and cannot do when you have a concern with the item that you bought. Read them thoroughly to ensure that you do not have an unwelcome surprise when trying to return items.
4. To safeguard yourself use a credit card when shopping online. The government has passed laws to protect consumers in the event of fraud. The amount the consumer is responsible for is really a mere $50.00 as compared to atm cards where the entire balance could be withdrawn by internet hackers.
5. Online shopping is a great way to find items that are out of stock at your local store. For example, if you are unable to find a certain size of jeans at the store close to you, you can look on the store's website and find out if they are available to be shipped to you.