1. Always save copies of your orders and receipts from online purchases. Many stores will redirect one to a page after you've submitted an order detailing exactly what was bought, customer information, the prices, etc. You should either print a copy of this or save a duplicate to your computer in case any issues arise before the end of the return period. Make sure to save any emails concerning your items' status or correspondence with the company regarding your orders, too.
2. When you find yourself making a purchase online, make certain you use credit cards to pay for the transaction. Bank 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 as to wave the $50 for you, meaning that you will not be out of pocket.
3. Although it may seem tedious, be sure you read the contract and terms before you purchase at 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 come back items.
4. Learn the online store's return policy. Should you be considering making 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 are unable to be returned and you do not want to be tied to an unwanted item.
5. If you are going to be shopping on the web, make sure that you get it done from a computer connection you understand is secure, like the one which you have at home. Hackers search for WI-Fi connections in public places when they are scouting for victims, so avoid shopping when using them.