1. A reputable online seller needs to have a history that is recorded with the Better Business Bureau. Check with the BBB before you part with your hard earned money to see if there have been any major or continual complaints lodged against them. You don't wish to be spending your money with a company that fails to offer.
2. If you're purchasing clothes or shoes online, be careful with the sizing. Some items typically run smaller or larger than normal. Some shopping sites will advertise if an item runs true to size. If the site doesn't list anything about sizing, glance at the reviews. In most cases, if an item is running larger or smaller, the reviewers will let you know.
3. Although it may look tedious, be sure you read the contract and terms before you purchase with a website. These documents have valuable information on what you can and cannot do when you have a problem with the item that you bought. Read them thoroughly in order that you do not have an unwelcome surprise when trying to return items.
4. Be wary for any emails you get, even if they appear to be from the retailer you trust. Never click on a web link that directs you to a website other than the one you shopped on. If you do, you may become vulnerable to a scam. Rather than simply clicking an email hyperlink, just go approximately your browser and enter the web site you would like to go to. It is much safer that way.
5. If you are shopping online, never give out your Social Security number. There is no website that requires this number for you to buy something. If you are being asked for your Social Security number during checkout, you may be on a scam website. Leave this site and discover one which has a better reputation.