1. To safeguard yourself use a credit card while shopping online. The federal government has passed laws to protect consumers in the event of fraud. The amount the consumer is responsible for is actually a mere $50.00 as compared to atm cards where the entire balance could be withdrawn by internet hackers.
2. Make sure to read all the information about any product you are considering purchasing. Just looking in a picture online can be deceiving sometimes. It can make a product look bigger or smaller than it is. Make sure to read the description which means you know exactly what you are purchasing.
3. Online shopping is a great way to find items that are out of stock at your local store. As an example, if you are unable to find a certain size of jeans at the store in your area, you can look on the store's website and find out if they are available to be shipped to you.
4. Learn more about the payment methods available from the online store you are interested in. Most stores give you the option to pay with credit cards or with PayPal. A credit card is a safe option only if the store has a secure server. If you do not see any information regarding safety, it is recommended to go through an alternative store.
5. Pay close attention for potential sales online starting around Wednesday. Many brick and mortar stores do sales on the weekends, and to compete, many online stores have moved their sales days up by several days. You can often find exceptional mid-week bargains with just a little online research.