The Do’s and Don’ts of Buying Products Online

Internet has revolutionized the shopping activity we all know. Online shopping has changed the way we shop. It continues to grow each year, with many brick-and-mortar retailers starting their sales on Thanksgiving Day in order to better compete.

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 It gives people a variety of options when shopping and it becomes easy and convenient to buy the needed products. Online shoppers have been familiar with ordeal of choosing sizes based on international size conversion charts, differing international standards and digital editing based colour deception.

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 However, there are still people who are victimized over purchasing online, especially those who are not accustomed to shopping online and aren’t aware of the risks.

 Below are some of the tips you can use for online shopping and in this way, you can scrutinize every purchase before buying the item.

 DO’S:

 If you’re underage and wish to do shopping online, you should ask your parents first. Ask them if it is okay to buy some stuff online and get their approval. Also, your parents can supervise you properly when transacting online.

 Prepare the needed information when doing your shopping online. It includes credit card, the credit card number and expiration date, your address and the mailing address for where the item should be shipped.

 Read carefully the “Privacy Policy” of the online shopping site. In this way, you would know what personal information is being requested as well as why and how it will be used. Remember, if the website does not contain this page, there is a chance that your information will be sold to other third part websites. Information such as email address, phone number and mailing address can be sold for marketing purposes.

 Comprehend the transaction terms before completing your transaction. You should read cautiously the merchant’s policies regarding the returns and refunds, shipping costs, and security and privacy protection.

 Verify the website if it is secured by checking the “https” in the address bar. You can also check if there is a tiny padlock icon in the lower right-hand corner of your browser and confirm the site if it has a certificate verifying its identity as an online business. In addition, keep in mind that if the site does not have contact phone numbers, then you should totally avoid it.

 Keep an eye to your transaction and if possible, print and save the confirmation page/online receipt when completing an online purchase. If you have noticed some discrepancy on the transaction, like overcharging your credit card, call the retailer immediately and let them correct the mistake. You can also contact directly the credit card company and ask them for help when the online retailer is unresponsive

 DON’TS:

 Using public computers for your online shopping is a no-no. You should never make purchases online using a public Wi-Fi connection. The said networks are vulnerable to hacking and hackers can access them easily. Places such as coffee shops, airports and hotels are the common areas where your personal information can be easily captured when you attempted to purchase online.

 You should not buy food products online, although it is convenient, it is still not recommended. There may be a lot of organic food or health products at reasonable rates online, but keep in mind that it is advisable that fresh produce and health products should be bought over the counter to ensure authenticity. You should only buy health products and food from stores since there are chances of you ending up with fake product online. If the health products and organic food are priced at lower rates, it means they are fake because such products are extremely expensive.

 Wiring the money to pay for online transaction is not advisable. If you are buying a certain product on online shopping websites and ask you to wire the money, don’t do the transaction anymore. Doing this means inviting potential fraud situations, where you can no longer get your money back if there’s a problem with the item or it did not arrive at all. Pay with a credit card so you can dispute the charges if you don’t get what you paid for.

 Do not share your passwords with anyone. A lot of websites ask users to create a password to create purchases with them. In this case, you should create various passwords for different websites and keep them complex to replicate.

 Trusting cheap deals on email and social networking sites should be avoided. If the offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If the deal happened to be posted on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook, you should not go with it. Most of the time the deals are in the form of shortened URLs posted as status or in the photo, and you won’t know if clicking the link will get you to the legitimate retailer’s site.

 About the author:

 Candice Larson is a lifestyle and internet enthusiast. She is a full-time employee while attending graduate school. Candice writes for online retailer Zapals whenever her time permits her.