Did you know that a typical Internet user only starts buying online after 3 or 4 years of using the Internet? This is greatly influenced by the fact that there are a lot of security and risk issues being discussed that hampers online purchase.
Shopping online is very convenient especially if the goods you’re interested in are not easy to find from your neighborhood store or you are avoiding the typical holiday rush.
If you are contemplating of buying online, it is best to ask friends who have tried it and recommend websites where they bought products from.
Where are you located?
Before ordering from an online store, see if they display full corporate information in their website, such as company name, address, and telephone number. Can you call them and make inquiries? If the website does not have this information, don’t even think of buying from them. Such is the reason why our Internet and Outsourcing directory only accepts website submission where full contact information can be seen.
Do you value my privacy?
That is why it is very important to keep two to several e-mail addresses with specific usage purpose. Keep your primary or work e-mail address for business purpose only and use another to sign-up in discussion group, message board, guestbook, newsletter, website registration, and the like.
For websites that require user registration, make sure to use a strong password, one that is composed of alphanumeric characters. Keep several passwords, for specific purposes, so that if one gets compromised, it will not endanger your other online accounts. For example you don’t use corporate e-mail account password to your discussion list membership access.
Warranty, refund, returns
Once ready to order, make sure that the shipping charges are perfectly clear to avoid unwanted surprises upon receipt of the product. In website pages where you need to disclose your credit card information, make sure that the web page is secured. Once the purchase is made, you will receive a receipt via email or an order confirmation page at the end of your transaction. It is best to print and save it for record-keeping purposes. Some websites offer shipment tracking and it will be good for you to use this feature.