A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE ON ONLINE SHOPPING

 Online shopping is the name of the game these days. From buyers to sellers, everyone has gone online virtually to buy and earn. Online marketplaces have made it way easier for everyone to shop conveniently and cheaply as compared to the retail stores where you have to waste hours and hours and have no idea if you got the best deal or not.

 This handy guide contains everything about online shopping, so if you aren’t exactly a fan, give it a read:

HOW TO SHOP ONLINE?

This shouldn’t even be a question since we are living in 2020, but those who still don’t trust online shopping and are a brick-and-mortar store avid, here is how you can get yourself better deals:

Start by finding the product

No brainer here. Start by searching for the product you want to buy and visit multiple online stores to check the price. You can use the Forsale.plus website to check the numerous stores that offer the same product. Through websites like Forsale.plus you can make sure you are buying the right one. Compare the prices, read the description, see warranty if they are technical products and ensure you are buying the right one as per your budget and desired quality.

Checkout and delivery options

Once you have decided on the product you want to buy, you will add it to the cart and will be prompted toward the checkout. When you do that, you are often given different options regarding payment and shipment. Depending on what product you are ordering and the store you are ordering it from, choose the shipment option you prefer. Make sure you check out the delivery time as it varies, and you might need the product before it gets to you.
 
As far as the payment options are concerned, you have multiple choices. You can choose the E-Check, which means you will be routed to add your electronic check details including the account number and the amount will be deducted from your account. The second option is a credit card, which involves the same procedure as the E-transfer and takes the card details from you. One thing we want you to be vigilant about is website security. Ensure that the website mentions a safe checkout so when you enter your card details, there are no chances of your data being stolen. Finally, there is an option of choosing online payment vendors as well. The e-commerce businesses allow the payment to be taken from payment processing companies like Payoneer and PayPal among others. It is explicitly mentioned in the checkout area if your payment vendor is accepted by the store or not.

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THEFT?

The advantages of online shopping are way higher in number than the disadvantages. You can easily get rid of the latter if you are wise in your actions. Here is how you can protect yourself and your information when shopping online:

Install antivirus program

The antivirus and anti-phishing programs that you find annoying are helpful here. If you have them installed, they will prompt you to a warning if any attempts of breaching your cybersecurity are being taken by the website you are shopping from.

Be wise

Be careful and wise. Always remember that no authentic vendor will ever take your personal information. As a matter of fact, all authentic websites warn you to never mention your personal information that can be misused.

Research, research, research

Research is your most powerful tool. When deciding to order from any online store, do your research on the web. Google about it. Read reviews on their social media accounts. Ensure there is an SSL logo at the bottom of the page, which is the sign that the website is encrypted for security.

Shipping policies

Shipping policies are one of the most common reasons for people being scammed or losing their money. Make sure you check them to see if you can return the product, exchange it or complain in case of any issues later on.

The bottom line here is that online shopping and selling is easy, convenient and rewarding. It doesn’t have to be hard, and you do not have to worry about losing your money or being scammed every time you place an order. You can always opt for Facebook communities and other search engine portals to read reviews about the website and if people had a good experience or not. We know there are a lot of scams on the internet and most of us have experienced one or the other, but that does not mean you should not trust online shopping anymore. Be proactive on your search and till you are not satisfied with the website, do not place an order. It is as simple as that. 
 
 
 
 

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