Avoid online shopping traps

Shopping online is welcomed because of its economy and convenience. Well-developed international shipment systems makes it easy for consumers to order items from other counties.

However, some consumers are skeptical of purchasing online, believing that he or she are likely yo be taken advantage of online than in a store. But, if you are aware of online scams an how to deal with online shopping traps, you can benefit from online shopping. Below you will find 10 tips how to avoid traps when shopping online.

1. Select reliable shopping websites..Reliable websites will have good customer service and the quality of goods are guaranteed. Consumers prefer smooth purchasing, that is safe and fast. Some consumers however; report that some websites disappear upon payment. To avoid this trap, collect as much as information about the website before you send pay. You can tell a site is reliable by look for a detailed introduction to the website or company, which includes contact information, privacy policies, terms & conditions, payment, and guidance for shopping.

2. Be cautious of discount goods or sales. Discounts and sale sings are attractive, and consumers want to by good items, which are cheap. However, like the old saying goes “you get what you pay for” discount prices tend to indicate shortages, flaws, and poor quality. Do not be over swayed by low prices. Read the fine print. For example, a consumer purchased a cell phone online, but they only received a model of the cell phone. They realized that they were attracted by the discount label and ignored the small model logo on the website. 

3. Become a rational consumer and only purchase items that you need. Many consumers will find package and related items when they are ordering online. An example is when you are going to order a dress but also order the dress, matching shoes, a hand bag, neck lace, and earrings at a package price you are ordering extra items you do not need.

4. Keep records of each purchase. Record and keep all emails or messages from the online supplier. Both screenshoots and word documents can be proof if a supplier does not hold up their end of a deal.

5. Do not take changes. If you are suspicious that something might be wrong, or you might lose money, stop the order. 

6. Pay for items using credit cards or reliable payment tools. Legitimate online stores will accept credit cards and will have a third party payment tool. If the seller will not accept credit cards or asks for wire transfer, stop the purchase. If pay with a debit card or wire money and something goes wrong, there will be no way to get the money back. Third parties will guarantee that you will pay for something after it is received, if you do not receive an item, your bank will refund your money.