There is no doubt that online shopping has become a norm today but it has its risks as it hard to know which company to trust since you could be paying for goods that never arrive. Also, you may be worried about what happens to the personal information you provide when buying goods online. That is why it is important that online shopper takes some simple precautions when shopping online. To be safe and secure buying goods online, it helps when you follow the following checklist:
Find out information about the trader you are dealing with. Don’t be in a hurry because the trader offers the best deals but the information about the trader should be clear. Find either email or the phone contact details; a phone number listed offers the best surety. Check on the trader reliability; there are sites on the internet that offer reliability check of online store.
The price of goods you are going to buy online should be clearly displayed including the total cost; delivery charges, taxes, and currency conversion. Avoid the rush of just checking the cost of product as may find out later you paid more than you budgeted for.
Clearly identify the product you want to buy. This is important since you cannot see the product itself that you want to buy. Is the stock available? You may have added the good you want to buy in the basket only to realize later it is out of stock and you already made the payment. This can delay delivery time. Check the delivery methods available and choose the best applicable to your destination. Some sites offer various delivery methods, so it is important you check. When you have completed making an order, confirm that a receipt of the order has been send to you, mostly its send to your email address.
Check for payment method available on an online store. They should be clearly displayed. Majority of online retailers accept credit cards and others accept Cash on Delivery, debit card or Non-internet payment. When it comes to making payment, online retail sites ask for some personal information. Only personal information needed to make a purchase should be requested. An online retail site should have an explanation about how the personal information requested is going to be used and where else might it be used. In case of a complain, maybe about delivery of goods, or you have not received a receipt of payment made, check the site’s Contact Us section where you will find telephone number or email to contact them about the issue.
Note the time it takes for goods purchased to be delivered. You can check the stated target time for delivery on the online store site. You should receive an email immediately after purchase of an apparel has been made about when the good has been dispatched.