1. Always save copies of your orders and receipts from online purchases. Many stores will redirect you to a page after you've submitted an order detailing exactly what was bought, customer information, the prices, etc. You should either print a copy of this or save a duplicate to your computer in case any issues arise before the end of the return period. Make sure to save any emails concerning your items' status or correspondence with the company regarding your orders, too.
2. Although it might appear tedious, ensure you read the contract and terms before you purchase in a website. These documents have valuable information about what you can and cannot do when you have an issue with the item that you bought. Read them thoroughly so that you do not have an unwelcome surprise when trying to return items.
3. Be suspicious of overdoing it. It is much easier to overspend if you are shopping online. You start out to rationalize that you can spend more money for those shoes because you saved money on gas and the food you would have gotten if you went to the mall, as an example. Give yourself a limit and stay with it.
4. If you are looking at purchasing from the seller for the first time, take a moment to carefully examine their past customer reviews. For the most part this will give you an approximate idea of what type of goods and services you need to expect yourself. Anyone who has been rated lowly time and time again ought to be given a broad swerve.
5. If you feel that you will be making a lot of online purchases down the road, consider obtaining a separate charge card to use just for these transactions. It is simpler to track all transactions if they are the only items listed about 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.