How can to shop safely online? This may sound very simple but there is a lot going on online. Both the good and the bad happen everywhere. The main aim here is to give you an idea of how to shop safely on the internet so that you can receive the item you ordered.
Shopping online in the comfort of your home is one of the most convenient things that had happened to the human race. It is a wise choice to browse online to find the best deals especially when you cannot get some hard-to-find items in your local stores.
If you want to shop safely online, check out these few helpful tips:
Reading reviews about the seller's reputation is one way to verify the seller. Read the feedback on the items you want to buy and also the reviews on other items. Trustpilot is a good review site for many online sellers. If there are no reviews for a particular seller, this does not mean that they are not a good company. The general reviews that score from 3.0 and above are great.
Now that you have read the reviews and you are ready to browse the online store. Please, don't just start throwing items into your shopping cart. Find out the shipping country. Knowing this will give you an idea of where the items are coming from, how long it may take for you to receive the items. The 'shipping' button is always at the bottom, or the side of the page of any online store. On the shipping page, you will be able to find out if they can post to your location, the shipping cost, and how long it will take before you receive your items.
On several occasions, after checking the reviews and shipping location, many buyers will go ahead and place their orders without contacting the seller. But if it is your first time ordering from that online store, send them an email. You can simply ask them to confirm if they ship to your location if you are not in the same country, but if you are in the same country, ring them up and ask how long it will for your items to be delivered. The main aim of doing this is to make sure that there is always someone at the other end in case there's any problem with the orders and you need someone to sort it out for you.
Many eCommerce stores will allow you to checkout with PayPal Express. This is a very secure way to pay for items online. You have proof of payment from a third party and they can as well assist you if things don't go well with the store or the items you ordered.
If you order from other countries find out if you will pay the custom before your goods can be delivered. This is on the country by country basis. Some stores already include this type of fee as part of your order before you checkout. Always read the Frequently Asked Questions section.
Item photos and descriptions
Always pay close attention to the item's photos and the description. The photos and description should match. Many times you will find that after you receive your items, the colours are different from the items' photos on the online stores. This is not the sellers' fault.
There are many factors that can contribute to this. It may be the brightness or dullness of the sun during the time the photos were taken; it may be because of your computer setting or monitor setting. Before you select any colour for items, make sure you already know how that colour looks like or check how the real colour will look like from some of your own items at home or check the internet to see how the colour will look like.
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