Online shopping is growing rapidly around the World. With the help of online shopping, you can buy a wide variety of products from the comfort of home. You can also save money by shopping online, as it offers a huge range of discounts and cashbacks. But, at the same time, online shopping is not always safe.
There are some fake websites which cheat people in the name of selling products at a discount. So, you have to be very careful while shopping online. In this blog, we will talk about do's and don'ts while shopping online.
1. Make a shopping list
Be it online shopping or offline shopping, it’s advisable to make a list of what you want to buy. By making a shopping list you can avoid impulse purchases as you will know what you want to buy.
2. Look for the best discount
Many online shopping portals offer a huge range of discounts and cashbacks. But, before purchasing, make sure those discounts are really good and not put up just to get clicks (click bait). Most of the time, discounts are not applicable on all products. So, you must identify if the products you are planning to buy have discounts and then apply the right coupon code.
3. Do proper research on the online shopping portal
Before purchasing any product from an online shopping portal, you must do proper research on the portal. It is advisable to go through all the customer reviews on the company. You must look for the necessary details of the company like address, email id, and a helpline number.
4. Read the terms and conditions of the product
Before purchasing any product online, make sure to read the terms and conditions. You must also read the product warranty and quantity description, properly.
5. Go through return and exchange policy
Go through the cancellation, return, exchange and refund policies of the Company. If the portal does not allow you to return or exchange the product, avoid purchasing from such portals. Some portals do not refund money; instead they transfer it into a credit account. In such cases customers will be forced to repurchase from that site.
6. Opt for cash on delivery
In case you are purchasing from an e-commerce portal for the very first time, it is advisable to opt for cash on delivery. There are some fake websites which take payment from customers, but never deliver the products.
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1. Don't fall for deals which you see on the social networking sites
Social media sites like Twitter and Facebook might help you get better deals. But, not all the links shared on social media sites are genuine. There are chances of some links leading to fake websites. So, you must be very careful on deals which you see on social networking sites.
2. Don't fall for deals which are too good to be true
Don’t get attracted to deals which are too good to be true. Before making payments, analyze how they sell such good products for so less.
3. Do not forget to read the fine print
Each product has fine print (Terms and Conditions printed in very small size) and you must go through them carefully, especially while buying products like skincare, cosmetics, and electronics. You must check each and every detail of the product.
4. Do not use public Wi-Fi
Do not connect to public Wi-Fi while shopping online. This is because hackers can easily access public Wi-Fi connections and steal personal information. So, make sure not to shop online while you are connected to airports, hotels or other public hot spots.
5. Do not make the payment if the payment gateway is not safe
Avoid making an online payment if the payment gateway is not safe because this can lead to your personal information getting hacked. While making online payments, must make sure the encryption key (a small key symbol), is available in the payment portal. This ensures the safety of payments.
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