1. Although it might appear tedious, be sure you read the contract and terms before you purchase with a website. These documents have valuable information on what you can and cannot do when you have a problem with the item that you bought. Read them thoroughly in order that you do not have an unwelcome surprise when trying to come back items.
2. While shopping online, make sure the site you might be on starts off with "https". The "S" means that the site is secure, which entails that you could safely enter your personal information without having to be worried about identity theft. In case a site does not have the "S" in it, you may want to avoid using it.
3. If you feel you will be making a lot of online purchases later on, consider obtaining a separate charge card to use simply for these transactions. It is much easier to track all transactions when they are the only items listed with this card's transaction records. Additionally, you don't need to worry about your own funds being compromised, even temporarily, if you are a victim of fraud.
4. Make it a habit to register for price alerts. This goes for purchases that you've recently made. Price alerts will tell you when a product has dropped to a price you like. And if you've recently purchased at full price, you can request a price adjustment to meet the newest deal.
5. Before buying a product online, find out more about shipping. If you do not find any information regarding shipping costs, contact the vendor to find out if there are additional charges for shipping. If there are several shipping options, choose an affordable and reliable option to make sure you receive your product quickly.