1. Be mindful which sites you patronize. It is difficult to learn which are on the up or higher and that are not, but there are a few clues. If the address does not sound right or the design seems off, go to a different site. Additionally, if a variety of pop-up windows begin appearing, close them out and move on.
2. Find out more about the payment methods available from the online store you are interested in. Most stores give you the option to pay with a credit card or with PayPal. A charge card is a safe option as long as the store includes a secure server. If you do not see any information about safety, it is advisable to go through an alternative store.
3. Get familiar with the shipping facts of an online retailer. Their shipping policy should be outlined in a separate section to illustrate the average time you should get your items, geographic restrictions, shipping choices, possible shipping insurance, and what their handling and shipping fees are. Use this all information to determine if these costs and options fit well to suit your needs, your budget, along with your area prior to placing an order.
4. If a website is not secure, do not make a purchase. Simply look up at the web address when you are shopping. If you notice an "https" instead of an "http," you can feel confident enough to insert your credit card information. However, if there is no "s" in the address, start working on a different site to be around the safe side.
5. If you find a great product on your favorite site, search for it in a search engine before you buy it. Make note of the model number or brand, and do a quick search to successfully can't get it cheaper from somewhere else. You might be able to save a few dollars like that.