1. Get familiar with the shipping facts of an online retailer. Their shipping policy should be outlined in a separate section to illustrate the average time you should get your items, geographic restrictions, shipping choices, possible shipping insurance, and what their shipping and handling fees are. Use all of this information to determine if these costs and options fit well to suit your needs, your budget, as well as your area before you place an order.
2. Sign up for the website's newsletter if they have one. Many times stores will give you a reduction or some form of deal once you sign up for their newsletter. Find out if there is a deal associated with registering for the newsletter at any store you want to shop at.
3. When you're shopping online you have to be sure that you know who you're buying from. If you're buying with an online auction site, only buy from people that have positive feedback. On other sites look to see if they are a reputable company by trying to find reviews to them online.
4. Ensure that when you make a purchase online, you are aware of when the site is secure or not. You may not want your information being compromised in this day and age. Identity theft is very common, and you must protect your information in any way cost so that you will wish to keep making purchases online.
5. If you're making an online purchase, don't hesitate to contact customer care if you have a matter. By contacting customer service before you make your order, you'll find out how helpful customer care is and just how quickly they respond. This is useful information to have in case something goes wrong after you've made your purchase.