1. For those who have questions while shopping, choose a live chat function on the online store. Many big brands (and even some boutique stores) now have this functionality. You are able to chat immediately with a customer support representative to correct any issues or answer any questions prior to buying. That can provide you with a lot of reassurance.
2. Do more research around the online store you are interested in before ordering a product from them. If a store does not provide quality service or products, you will most likely find some negative reviews published on other sites. It is best to stick to online stores with the excellent reputation.
3. Be careful where you submit your charge card information. If you are shopping online, always use secure sites. These are sites that have taken steps to safeguard your valuable information. A secured website will begin with HTTPS as opposed to the standard HTTP. There will also be a locked icon, in both your address or status bar, according to which browser you use.
4. Sign up for the website's newsletter if they have one. Many times stores will give you a price reduction or some kind of deal whenever you sign up for their newsletter. Find out if there is a deal associated with subscribing to the newsletter at any store you need to shop at.
5. Be cautious which sites you patronize. It is difficult to find out which are around the up or higher and which can be not, but there are a few clues. If the address does not sound right or the design seems off, go to a different site. Additionally, if a bunch of pop-up windows begin appearing, close them out and move on.