We are now at the age of modernization and high technologies emerged one after another. Cellular phones, computers, laptops and iPads are just a few to mention. These brilliant gadgets made our life easier, convenient and are essential in our work.
An example of this back in the old times, sending a valuable letter to your loved one will take days to weeks or months before recipient reads the message. But now, we can send our messages in an instant through SMS and e-mails.
One event that is prominent in the previous times is the style of marketing. People sell objects face to face and with conversation that takes place between the buyer and the businessman. Buyers personally see the thing or necessity they want to buy and payment is handed then. But now, you can go shopping online. Items are viewed in the computer with its price and features. And with that, you’re just a click away. Items then are delivered after purchasing. These items include gadgets, bags, and even foods.
Online shopping has its disadvantages. Some of these, you can’t personally see the item you’re about to buy and you can’t inspect it if it’s in good condition. Another, it will take time before the item is delivered at your place and there is an increased chance of mishandling the product that could lead to some alterations.
If you’re really into online shopping despite its disadvantages, here are some tips for you. Since there are a lot of websites pretending to be genuine and in the end will compromise you, choose or start from the trusted websites you know. You can do some research if you don’t know anything about the site. At least, you will know if that certain company is reliable. Next, assess if the site has SSL or Secure Sockets Layer. You’ll know it if there is HTTPS:// at the URL site instead of just HTTP://. Be aware of the company’s policies and read them thoroughly so you’ll know how it is processed. And check your credit cards for any deceptive charges.
When doing online shopping, it is advisable to use one credit card intended for such shopping. Through this, any fraudulent credit charges can be detected. If something goes wrong in the long run of online shopping, you are protected through the federal Fair Credit Billing Act.
Give the least information needed such as your name and address when purchasing. Answer only what you think is necessary. If they ask too much, beware! It may lead to spam. Never ever give your Social Security number when placing orders online. It’s not a requirement anyway. And when you don’t feel at ease at answering any queries from the online merchant, leave the site.
There are a number of online shopping sites that would require you to log-in before you view or make orders. Never tell anyone about your username or password. To make it difficult to decode what your password is, use more than eight characters and don’t use the usual birthdates, and names. And when you do shopping, always keep copies of the transactions you had with the online merchant.
Lastly, go over to a number of sites and compare. You can compare stuffs in just a click and select which item you prefer.