1. When you are online shopping, you should only shop at reputable stores. If the store does not have a good reputation, you may be asking for trouble. Some individuals have had their credit card and private information stolen from shopping on lower than reputable websites. Be careful and protect your private information.
2. If you're purchasing clothes or shoes online, be careful with all the sizing. Some items typically run smaller or bigger 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 the item is running larger or smaller, the reviewers will let you know.
3. When searching out the best price for any big ticket item, make sure to check the store reviews to determine if other customers experienced a good knowledge about them. It is also a good idea to talk with the Better Business Bureau as well. You want to be sure that the business is legitimate and values you as a client.
4. Make it a habit to register for price alerts. This goes for purchases that you've recently made. Price alerts will let you know when a product has dropped to a price you like. And if you've recently purchased at full price, you can request a price adjustment to meet the newest deal.
5. If you think that you will be making a lot of online purchases in the future, consider applying for a separate credit card to use simply for these transactions. It is much easier to track all transactions when 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.