1. If you're making an online purchase, don't hesitate to contact customer support if you have a matter. By contacting customer service before you make your order, you'll learn how helpful customer service is and how quickly they respond. This can be useful information to have in case something fails after you've made your purchase.
2. Be careful in regards to the online stores that you consider buying from. If the web store is poorly designed, full of misspellings, and overall fishy, you should take your money elsewhere. These are signs that something might not be right about this store. It's safer to be safe than sorry.
3. If you are planning to be online shopping, make sure that you do it from a computer connection you understand is secure, like the one that you have in the home. Hackers look for WI-Fi connections in public places while they are scouting for victims, so avoid shopping when using them.
4. Search for coupons before purchasing a product online. Most online stores usually have some promotional offers taking place. If you do not find any information about current offers on the site in the online store, look on other sites. Customers sometimes share their coupon codes on discussion boards or couponning blogs.
5. Make it a habit to register for price alerts. This goes for purchases that you've recently made. Price alerts will let you know when a product has dropped to a price you like. And in case you've recently purchased at full price, you can request a price adjustment to meet the newest deal.