1. Be mindful which sites you patronize. It is difficult to find out which are on the up or higher and that are not, but there are a few clues. If the address does not sound right or the design seems off, go to a different site. Additionally, if a lot of pop-up windows begin appearing, close them out and move on.
2. When shopping online, always try to keep in mind the cost of shipping. Many sites offer free shipping on orders over a specific amount. In the event that you have to pay shipping, make sure that it is going to squeeze into your budget after you've added everything for your cart. Having a full cart only to find out you cannot afford the shipping is never an exciting experience.
3. Should you shop frequently at a certain website or online store, it may be worth it to enroll in their email updates which usually have promotions and sales. This can translate into savings for you as you may get a discount around the item or even free shipping, which can add up to bigger savings if you buy from the site often.
4. If you feel you will be making a lot of online purchases in the future, consider trying to get a separate bank card to use simply for these transactions. It is simpler to track all transactions if they are the only items listed with this card's transaction records. Additionally, you don't need to worry regarding your own funds being compromised, even temporarily, if you are a victim of fraud.
5. 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 anything that was bought, customer information, the prices, etc. You should either print a duplicate of this or save a copy to your computer in case any issues arise before the end of the return period. Be sure to save any emails regarding your items' status or correspondence with the company regarding your orders, too.