Buying online is one of the popular shopping trends around the world. Not only young people but also middle-aged people, the elderly are gradually adapting to this convenient shopping method. Grasping that change, many people have taken advantage to sell poor quality products and illicit profits. Therefore, buyers need to pay attention to how to shop online safely:
Choose a reputable website
This is the first and also the most important step deciding whether you can buy quality products, reasonable prices or not. Nowadays, there are a lot of real and fake websites selling websites and famous websites. Therefore, you must be very careful when choosing for your shopping website. You need to double-check the URL of the sales website before making a transaction. Make sure you have entered the correct address you want. Because nowadays, many fraudulent websites intentionally get the same names as reputable sites like eBay, Amazon … Usually, they only differ from one letter, if not pay attention, it is easy to be confused.
Another way to check if a website is reputable is to type the name of the website online, see the feedback of people who have bought before or you can go to famous forums to ask the experience of people who have bought in that site. And reputable websites often have clear contact information.
Research the product information carefully
One drawback of online shopping is that the buyer cannot hold the product. So before deciding to buy, you must see the product information provided by the seller carefully. If you feel the information on the website is not enough for you, you can call the salesperson directly to find out some more information about the product that may not be available online. You should only buy when you’re really satisfied with the information you have and the product is right for you. One thing to keep in mind is that when the products have promotions, you should also consider the risk of buying poor quality. Before deciding to buy, you should pay attention to the costs incurred such as shipping costs. Please double-check or pick up the phone and ask immediately when you are not clear about the costs.
Choose the payment method
One of the ways to shop online safely is choosing the payment method effectively. There are many ways shoppers can pay. The first is to pay directly to the shipper immediately after receiving the goods, you can feel secure with this payment method. Secondly, via cards payment, the card payment is increasingly used by many people because of its safety, fast and convenient. However, this method requires buyers to pay first and then receive the goods. So to avoid risks when transferring money, you should keep the invoice.
Check the product before payment and receive the goods
This stage can be considered as one of the most important stages when buying online. A visual inspection of the outside of the product will help to ensure that the product is completely normal and in working condition, at the time you receive your package.
In case you are not too busy, take some time to make sure the product is quality, the product is not messy, the appearance is as described. Make sure to ask before accepting the goods and payment! If you are too busy, you should take a photo/video of the delivery process, the shipper and the accompanying confirmation documents. Then record the whole process of unpacking and checking the product. This will ensure that you have proof of feedback and exchange if the goods are not quality assurance!
Currently, many websites offer free delivery services. Although the time is guaranteed, the delivery staff is in a hurry, not even waiting for you to check the goods. Do not skip this step! Please proactively request to open the package and check before receiving. Because it is your benefit.
Keep your information confidential
To shop online safely, do not disclose personal information unless you know who will receive it, why it is needed and how it will be used. Retailers usually don’t need specific information about your date of birth, or social insurance. You should use your work address rather than your home address, just in case retailers will sell your information to a third party.