1. Always save copies of your orders and receipts from online purchases. Many stores will redirect one to a page after you've submitted a purchase detailing anything that was bought, customer information, the prices, etc. You should either print a duplicate of this or save a copy to your computer in case any issues arise before the end of the return period. Ensure that you save any emails about your items' status or correspondence with the company regarding your orders, too.
2. If you think that you will be making a lot of online purchases in the future, consider applying for a separate credit card to use just for these transactions. It is simpler to track all transactions when they are the only items listed with this card's transaction records. Additionally, you don't need to worry regarding your own funds being compromised, even temporarily, if you are a victim of fraud.
3. Be wary for any emails you receive, even if they appear to be coming from a retailer you trust. Never click on a hyperlink that directs you to a website other than the main one you shopped on. If you do, you may become vulnerable to a scam. Rather than clicking on an email hyperlink, just go approximately your browser and enter in the web site you want to go to. It really is much safer that way.
4. Check out coupon sites. Anything you want to buy might have coupons or discount codes. Before you purchase something, make certain you have the ability to have a few seconds and do a quick search. You might even wish to bookmark some coupon sites to have ready when you buy.
5. Get familiar with the shipping facts of an online retailer. Their shipping policy should be outlined in a separate section to explain the average time you should get your items, geographic restrictions, shipping choices, possible shipping insurance, and what their shipping and handling fees are. Use this all information to choose if these costs and options fit well for you, your budget, and your area before you place an order.