1. When you are shopping online, make sure that you are only shopping on secure websites. Look in the web site URL plus it should display "https" instead of the usual "http" at the beginning. Also have an updated copy of anti-virus running on your computer as well. This will make sure that you have a safe online shopping experience.
2. Be wary of the emails you receive, even if they appear to be coming from a retailer you trust. Never click on a web link that directs you to a web site other than the main one you shopped on. Should you, you may become vulnerable to a gimmick. Rather than simply clicking an email hyperlink, just go up to your browser and enter in the web site you want to go to. It is actually much safer that way.
3. Get familiar with the shipping facts of an online retailer. Their shipping policy should be outlined in a separate section to describe the average time you should get your items, geographic restrictions, shipping choices, possible shipping insurance, and what their handling and shipping fees are. Use all of this information to choose if these costs and options fit well for you, your budget, along with your area before you place an order.
4. When a company has a newsletter, sign-up. Often, companies will give sneak peeks, special deals and coupon codes to people on their mailing list. However, be careful. You don't want to sign up for every company's newsletter or you'll soon be buried under endless emails. Only subscribe to a company's newsletter should you really like their products and services and would use a promotion code.
5. Make sure to read all the information about any product you are considering purchasing. Just looking at a picture online can be deceiving sometimes. It will make a product look bigger or smaller than it is. Make sure to read the description so you know exactly what you are actually purchasing.