1. If a website is not secure, do not buy something. Simply search for at the website address when you are shopping. If you notice an "https" rather than an "http," you can feel confident enough to insert your charge card information. However, if there is no "s" in the address, proceed to a different site to be on the safe side.
2. If you find a fantastic product on the favorite site, search for it in an internet search engine before you buy it. Make note of the model number or brand, and do a quick search to make sure you can't get it cheaper from somewhere else. You might be able to save a few dollars this way.
3. Make it a habit to sign up for price alerts. It goes even for purchases that you've recently made. Price alerts will let you know when a product has dropped to some price you want. And if you've recently purchased at full price, you can ask for a price adjustment to meet the new deal.
4. Read customer testimonials before you buy anything. People are more than happy to complain about bad service online, so look for sites and testimonials that are terrible so you know what you're getting into. You should take bad reviews with a grain of salt, but if you see many, you know there is a problem.
5. To safeguard yourself use a credit card while shopping online. The federal government has passed laws to protect consumers in the event of fraud. The amount the consumer is responsible for is a mere $50.00 as compared to atm cards where the entire balance could be withdrawn by internet hackers.