1. Before buying from the new online retailer, do some research on them. Check online reviews from other customers to see the way it handles items like customer service, shipping, and its overall buying experience. You can also check the BBB to determine if it has any disputes and whether those disputes were resolved professionally. Try contacting the company via email and phone number, if it's posted to ask questions regarding its business before you buy anything.
2. A great way to stay safe when shopping online is to avoid clicking any web addresses that are sent into your email. If you are expecting an email coming from a company, proceed to the actual website and do not click any links. Legitimate businesses do not send emails seeking personal information or account information.
3. When shopping online, most places only accept debit or credit cards. Take this into account when you are deciding on a site to shop from. If you don't feel comfortable providing the company with your bank card information, look for another site. Try to find a site that offers a good page when you're adding your credit card information.
4. When you are searching for a place to buy a product and none of the results appear to be from familiar retailers, you ought to be hesitant about entering your data. Look for security signs from Verisign or Cybertrust, which means you know the retailer is not to take your cash.
5. When shopping online, always try to keep in mind the buying price of shipping. Many sites offer free shipping on purchases over a certain quantity. In the event that you have to pay shipping, make sure that it is going to squeeze into your budget after you've added everything for your cart. Possessing a full cart only to find out you cannot afford the shipping is never a fun experience.