1. If you're purchasing clothes or shoes online, be careful with the sizing. Some items typically run smaller or greater than normal. Some shopping sites will advertise if an item runs true to size. If the site doesn't list anything about sizing, glance at the reviews. In most cases, if an item is running larger or smaller, the reviewers will let you know.
2. To help protect your credit, use only one credit card for online purchases. This will help you quickly track your spending habits when the bank card statement is available in the mail. If you notice any charges that you simply did not make, call the credit card company immediately and report it to them.
3. When shopping online, most places only accept debit or credit cards. Keep this in mind when you are choosing a site to purchase from. In the event you don't feel comfortable providing the company with your credit card information, try to find another site. Try to find a web site that offers a safe and secure page when you're adding your credit card information.
4. Discover the online store's return policy. Should you be considering making a purchase on an item that you might want to return, be sure you find out if returning the item is an option. Sometimes when you shop online, items can not be returned and you may not want to be tied to an unwanted item.
5. Always save copies of your orders and receipts from online purchases. Many stores will redirect you to a page after you've submitted a purchase detailing everything that was bought, customer information, the prices, etc. You should either print a copy of this or save a duplicate to your computer in case any issues arise before the end of the return period. Make sure to save any emails regarding your items' status or correspondence with the company regarding your orders, too.