1. Online shopping is a great way to find items that are out of stock at your local store. For example, if you are unable to find a certain size of jeans at the store in your area, you can look on the store's website and find out if they are offered to be shipped to you.
2. If you are going to get doing some online shopping, make sure you understand the liability for every credit card you utilize online. Many credit cards have automatic fraud prevention built-in while others offer it for any minimal fee. You do not want to get stuck with purchases made on the card in the event the number is stolen.
3. When you are making a purchase online, make certain you use a charge card to pay for the transaction. Credit card users are protected against fraud by federal law and they are only responsible for $50 in these cases. Some card agencies will even go so far concerning wave the $50 for you, which means you will not be out of pocket.
4. In case you have questions while shopping, search for a live chat function in the online store. Many big brands (and even some boutique stores) now have this functionality. It is possible to chat immediately with a customer care representative to repair any issues or answer any questions before buying. That can give you a lot of peace of mind.
5. Always save copies of your orders and receipts from online purchases. Many stores will redirect one to a page after you've submitted an order detailing everything that was bought, customer information, the prices, etc. You should either print a duplicate of this or save a duplicate to your computer in case any issues arise before the end of the return period. Be sure to save any emails about your items' status or correspondence with the company regarding your orders, too.