1. Before shopping from a store that is a new comer to you, discover what the store's reputation is like. You can usually do an internet search and find out what others think of the business. It is best to do this so you may not find out the hard way and lose your cash.
2. Make it a habit to register for price alerts. This goes even for purchases that you've recently made. Price alerts will tell you when a product has dropped to a price you like. And in case you've recently purchased at full price, you can ask for a price adjustment to meet the new deal.
3. If you feel you will be making a lot of online purchases in the future, consider obtaining a separate bank card to use only for these transactions. It is easier to track all transactions if they are the only items listed on this card's transaction records. Additionally, you don't need to worry concerning your own funds being compromised, even temporarily, if you are a victim of fraud.
4. When shopping for a certain item, check several different online stores. Many times with a bit of searching, it can save you as much as 25 percent. Look at a number of websites to make sure you are getting the best deal. When figuring each website's price, ensure you include shipping costs to your calculations.
5. If a website is not secure, do not make a purchase. Simply search for at the website address when you are shopping. If you notice an "https" rather than an "http," you can feel confident enough to insert your bank card information. However, if there is no "s" in the address, move on to a different site to be in the safe side.