Savvy Shopping – 5 Things To Check Before Buying Something Online
The convenience and choice of online shopping may be fantastic for consumers, but it’s also a bit of a minefield. There are so many potential mistakes to be made purchasing online, some of which are far too easy to stumble into.
If you want to be a savvy shopper capable of deftly avoiding all the common online shopping pitfalls, here are five things to check before you make an online purchase:
1. Check The Seller Is Legitimate
Whether you’re looking to buy cookware online or a full home gym setup, there will always be lesser-known brands offering tempting deals. Though sites like Amazon may give you adequate reviews, security, and refund policies for those experimental purchases, it is never a good idea to buy from unknown sellers with unverified websites. They offer you no protection, and no guarantee your items will even arrive.
If you’re really keen on the product, you can research the company online and call their customer service number. Don’t go ahead with the purchase if you are at all concerned the company is not legitimate.
2. Check The Website Is Secure
In 2019 alone, businesses and individuals lost over $3.4 billion dollars because of internet crime and fraud. One way you can avoid being a victim of these online scams is to only ever use secure websites. Scammers commonly copy popular websites (using very similar domain names) to try and collect shopper data. This happens when unknowing shoppers enter the site thinking it is the company they are searching for. They’re prompted to enter their details which are then stolen.
One of the easiest ways to determine whether a website is secure is to check that the website starts with HTTPS. This confirms that the site is secured and it will appear next to a padlock you can click to examine the site information.
3. Check That You’re Not Shopping With Public wifi
Using public wifi to shop is incredibly risky because it is easy for nearby criminals to steal your information. Instead of exposing your data in this way, it’s best to leave your online shopping sesh until you get home.
4. Check The Small Print
If you haven’t seen the many online shopping fails that people have reported because they didn’t check the small print, then you’re cheating yourself out of a giggle.
You can avoid ordering tiny face masks and dollhouse furniture by checking what the product dimensions are. You should also read the reviews underneath to look at images of the product that others have received.
Lastly, do make sure you can return the product if it isn’t what you expected. Doing all these checks should help you avoid being the victim of a total online shopping fail.
5. Check Delivery Times & Costs
When making a purchase online, it is possible to think you’ve bagged an amazing deal until you see that the shipping costs more than the item itself. Worse is when you happily order the product for a birthday next week, and the item still hasn’t arrived a month later. Before you click that tempting “buy now” button, check the delivery times and costs so you get the item delivered at a fair price and in a decent time frame.
Shopping in your PJ’s is a wonderful thing, but it is important to be cautious to protect your data and your money. Thankfully, becoming a savvy online shopper is as easy as doing a bit of your own research and following our handy tips above.