Shopping online can take much of the stress that traditional shopping could cause out of the picture. You will no longer have to wait in long lines or wonder around entire stores to find what you are looking for. You will need to know a few things to ensure a happy shopping experience. Those are found below.
To protect yourself use a credit card when shopping online. The federal government has passed laws to protect consumers in the event of fraud. The amount the consumer is responsible for is a mere $50.00 as compared to debit cards where the entire balance can be withdrawn by internet hackers.
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, move on to a different site to be on the safe side.
Don’t supply too much information. It should be no surprise that a shopping site will need your credit card information in order to bill you, and your address so that you can receive your items. However, use caution if more information is asked. No shopping site should ever need your social security number, and even your birth date may be too much information. Those pieces of information, combined with your credit card number can be used by an identity thief to wreak havoc.
In order to shop like a pro online, you need to take advantage of any discounts that you can find that are only available to people who purchase online. Sign up for newsletters, daily deals and search for coupons before you make your purchase. Oftentimes there will be discounts available if you take the time to look for them.
If you make a purchase and you are directed to a confirmation page that fails to load, never hit the button that refreshes the page. if you do this, you run this risk of being billed multiple times. If you must confirm your purchase, contact the company or check your credit card statement.
Just as you would when shopping in person, be sure to comparison shop on the Internet before making a purchase. What you find on one website may be significantly cheaper on other website. There are even some websites, such as NexTag.com, that allow you to comparison shop right on their page.
Searching is the key to saving money with online shopping. Do a search for whatever it is you want to buy. You can use a traditional search engine like Google, or a shopping-specific engine like Shopping.com so you can more easily see who has the item in stock and what their price is.
When you shop online, don’t do non-urgent buying until a holiday. Internet retailers often hold sales to honor holidays, including President’s Day and Independence Day. You can find discounts, free shipping and other great deals.
Many online retailers offer coupon codes for signing up for their newsletter. It just takes a little time to subscribe to a newsletter and click “like” on a Facebook page, but the rewards include future deals.
Buying items from the store involves more than the cost of the item – with the high cost of gas these days, the expense associated with driving to and from the store, not to mention wear and tear on your car, may exceed the cost of the item you want to purchase! Online shopping is, for many people, a far cheaper form of shopping.
Pay close attention to the shipping method you are selecting. Unless it is a dire emergency and you need to have something in a day or two, the standard shipping is adequate. There is no need to pay a lot for the two or three day shipping when you will have your order in four to five days.
Establish your passwords in a serious manner. The harder the password is, the harder it will be for someone to guess it. Credit card numbers and other information can be easily accessed via online shopping accounts. Do not make it simple for anyone to take advantage. Your safest option is to construct random passwords involving not just alphanumeric characters, but special ones too, like symbols.
Watch out for online retailer discounts that have short expiration dates. Too many online shoppers fall for the urgency of a good discount without really thinking it through. If the discount is for items that you need, it may be a good idea to use it. However, if the discount only applies to things that you wouldn’t buy otherwise, it’s not a good deal. Keep in mind that you could also find a better deal elsewhere, so think about it and do your research before you buy.
If you have filet mignon tastes and a cheeseburger budget, turn to auction sites. You can often find brand new designer items at a heavily discounted price. Try searching for a slightly misspelled version of the designer’s name. You may be able to find an item that no one else has seen.
Most people know to check for “https” instead of “http” when making an online payment for something. You may not realize that it’s important to secure your Internet connection too. Are you connected through a secure wireless connection, or is your connection a public connection?
Be honest with yourself if you have an online shopping addiction. It can almost be easier to be addicted to shopping online, since it is as easy as pressing a button. If you find that you are spending too much time on shopping sites and coupon forums, think about whether you need to take a step back.
Now that you are aware of the few things that will help you have a positive online shopping experience, you are ready to go. Keep what you have just learned in mind and enjoy yourself. You will get what you want at a reasonable price without having to leave the comfort of your home.