1. If you're considering buying a product online, look into the reviews. The reviews from other people that have used the product should be able to give you a great idea about the product. You may be able to find out the quality of the product, when it worked as described, and if you should make the purchase.
2. When you are online shopping, you should only shop at reputable stores. If the store does not have a good reputation, you may be requesting trouble. Many people have had their credit card and personal information stolen from shopping on less than reputable websites. Be careful and protect your private information.
3. Before buying from a new online retailer, perform some research on them. Check online reviews from other customers to see the actual way it handles things like customer service, shipping, and its overall buying experience. You can also look at the BBB to determine if it has any disputes and whether those disputes were resolved professionally. Try contacting the company via email and phone number, if it's posted to ask questions regarding its business before you buy anything.
4. When you find yourself making a purchase online, make sure that you use a charge card to pay for the transaction. Credit card users are protected against fraud by federal law and they are only accountable for $50 in these cases. Some card agencies will even go so far as to wave the $50 for you, meaning that you will not be out of pocket.