1. Transform it into a habit to register for price alerts. It goes even for purchases that you've recently made. Price alerts will let you know each time a product has dropped to your price you want. And if you've recently purchased at full price, you are able to ask for a price adjustment to meet the new deal.
2. Learn 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. Credit cards is a safe option only when the store has a secure server. If you do not see any information about safety, it is advisable to go through an alternative store.
3. To help protect your credit, use only one credit card for online purchases. This will help you quickly track your spending habits when the credit card statement comes 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.
4. If you're purchasing clothes or shoes online, be careful using 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 the item is running larger or smaller, the reviewers will let you know.
5. Be careful which sites you patronize. It is difficult to find out which are around the up and up 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. In addition, if a lot of pop-up windows begin appearing, close them out and move on.