Technology is evolving so fast nowadays; even with one click you can change the whole world. With the changes occurring in technology, online shopping is also changing very fast. If you use internet a lot, surely you’d want to use internet to buy stuffs. Online shopping is the act of purchasing products or services over the internet which allows you to shop from any vendor, anytime and anywhere in the world.
Online shopping is convenient and easy but it can turn into a nightmare if done carelessly. Here are the key things to do and not to do before shopping online.
Take time to research about the website
To make sure that you are dealing with secured website, take time to look for “HTTPS” in the address bar or look for a tiny padlock icon in the lower right-hand corner of your browser. This will confirm that the site has a certificate verifying its identity as an online business. If you have doubts about the site, call the company’s number given on the website to check if a representative is available.
Read the customers’ feedback
Customer review is also one of the important metrics for investigation. You can look for the comments about products of particular company. If there are multiple negative comments, proceed with caution.
Know about the shipping policies and delivery times
This is a step that must be taken before buying something online. You can look at the shipping and handling fees of the site to make sure they seem reasonable to you. Few of the online sites charge shipping fees while others don’t. If you’re sure that you understand all the shipping options, and know how it will affect your total cost shop online.
Compare with related sites
Before you shop online, go for a comparison with other relevant sites. Don’t go blindly after the discounts and offers provided. You may want to make a comparison between the products and its prices. This will give you clarity whether you are getting real discounts or all of them are superficial.
Be familiar with the return policy
It is very difficult to know the quality of the product only by watching it on the screen. You need to feel them and try them out. And what if the products don’t meet your expectations. So make sure you are well-known about the return and exchange policy of the company. Some sites do not have return policies, so be cautious.
Be cautious shopping on public computers
If you are going to shop on public computers, you are going to reveal all your personal information. Those networks are easy for hackers to gain access of, and businesses offering wireless services are not secured. Also, shared computers found in hotels and coffee shops can be infected with malware, or may have key store loggers installed.
Don’t buy food products online
Food products are not meant to be bought online by simply seeing at the sites that claim to sell the purest form of organic food or health products at a reasonable rate. You may not want to fall for these offers as you might regret it.
Don’t pay by debit card, cash, or wire transfer
It will be very difficult to get the cash back if company doesn’t have exchange policy. When you pay by cash or use a wire transfer, the amount goes directly into seller’s account, and there is no retracting it if something goes wrong.
Don’t respond to unsolicited email and pop-ups
We always get to see the advertisement pop-ups of the pages displayed. Never click on the links attached to it. Instead, look at the merchant’s website, phone number and details. Look for the “HTTPS” at the beginning of the website address- “s” means secure.
Don’t share your password
Most of the websites make you register with your own email address to shop online. You may not want to use the same password as you used in your other confidential mailing address. Use different passwords for different websites and make things complex for potential hackers.
So, get the best deal and have a great shopping experience online.