1. Sign up for the website's newsletter if they have one. Many times stores will give you a reduction or some kind of deal when you sign up for their newsletter. Determine whether there is a deal associated with signing up for the newsletter at any store you would like to shop at.
2. 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.
3. 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 near you, you can look on the store's website and learn if they are available to be shipped to you.
4. When you are searching for a place to buy a product and none of the results seem to be from familiar retailers, you need to be hesitant about entering your data. Look for security signs from Verisign or Cybertrust, which means you know the retailer is not out to take your hard earned money.
5. Call the internet company prior to making a purchase. If you have some kind of trouble with your purchase, you want to be able to know that you could reach customer care easily. That's why it's a good idea to call before you allow them to have your bank card information. Should you can't get anyone on the telephone, steer clear.