So, you’ve decided you’re ready to take the leap into buying online. You know there are risks involved in buying online, and you still have questions that need answers. Well, here is your introductory class. Hopefully, we will have answered all the basic questions when you finish reading this article, and you’ll really be ready to actually buy online. Let’s begin, at the beginning.
Your first order of business is to determine who to shop. Shop only the online storefronts that offer secure processing of your order. Secure online processing refers to the safe transmission of your name, address and credit card information. Generally, this means some sort of scrambling of your information. Most consumers concentrate only on the credit card information, however, with your full name and address really good identity thieves can gain access to your credit information. Buying online can be quite a dangerous proposal if the merchant you purchase your items from does not offer a secure purchase sight. Merchants offering a secure purchase sight will display, somewhere on their homepage, a small lock icon. Usually, there will also be a message that says, “This is a secure order sight.” This lets any online buyer know their order and subsequent credit card information will be transmitted via encryption, with security measures in place that work in conjunction with the encryption coding. It is this single issue that prevents many would-be shoppers, with expendable cash, from buying online. They simply are not willing to risk identity theft in order to buy online.
The next order of business is to search for reputable internet storefronts. Just through casual conversation with many of your peers and coworkers you are probably familiar with online merchants that almost everyone has shopped. Use these merchants. More than likely, they have secure sights, with easily accessed customer feedback, vendor ratings, and physical addresses and phone numbers with which you may make contact if necessary. They will have also been around a while. This is as important as the secure order processing feature, since you might be purchasing items that would require customer service in a few months (or years).
The process of buying online can be a very pleasurable experience so long as you do your part to protect your identity, your credit, and your purchase. Some things to remember when buying online concerning the cost of an item and the delivery: shipping and handling will be added to the cost, and if it is a fragile item, make sure the merchant will mark the package accordingly. Packaging for items that might break or be damaged during shipping should be packaged with foam insulation or some type of insulating material. The packages should always be marked with FRAGILE and any special handling instructions noted directly on the package.
Using these guidelines as a basic foundation to buy online will almost certainly insure a pleasant experience, and will provide you, the customer with a purchase that is exactly what you wanted, delivered exactly as you expected, without the possibility of identity theft problems.