Isn’t online shopping the kind of escape the shopaholics tend to look for after a long, tiring day at work? Statistics show that more than 2.21 billion people across the globe would buy products and available services digitally, which is up from 1.66 billion global online shoppers, as on 2016.I won’t be surprised if you are one of those impulsive online buyers to have his/her name included in this estimated massive count of digital shoppers.
But then, “all’s well that ends well.” Online shopping is perhaps the coolest thing ever, as long as you are carrying it out safely, without being victimized by fraud websites, false promises, ambiguous shopping deals, hidden charges, so on and so forth. Thus, the best we can do in order to eliminate the risks and evils of all unfair practices is to follow certain regulations and abide by a few shopping protocols. Here’s everything you should know:
1. Do: keep track of all credit/debit card transactions and bills in case you are into bulk shopping. This, as a result, would help you to monitor all transaction records closely, and figure out if there’s any unauthorized purchase made by third party using your card details.
2. Do choose to have your name and account subscribed for emails and newsletters, provided the online shopping site you’re approaching is a trusted one. It would help you to stay updated and well-informed of all latest discounts, slashed prices and seasonal deals on your favorite apparels, gadgets, books and more.
3. Do consider conducting a thorough research and explore a decent count of online shopping websites before making a purchase. The best thing about surveying the digital market is the fact that you get to explore lots of brands, similar products and a variety of price range attached with each of them. There’s no point making a hasty decision and end up buying things, only to find out that there were better deals, better brands and a wider range of similar products to choose from.
1. Don’t use public Wi-Fi while shopping online. CNBC.com reports that there are millions of people using public Wi-Fi in and around America, without even realizing that their personal information is at stake. There are around 87% of consumers who have used public Wi-Fi at hotels, airports and cafes. While it is unlikely that people would still continue using public internet, refraining from using it during online shopping is always a better idea, since you are required to share card details and other personal information to make a purchase.
2. Don’t make an online purchase without reading through the website reviews thoroughly. The thing with impulsive buyers is that they tend to make things worse for themselves in haste. Do not just click on random product links and make a purchase just because the image appears to be attractive on screen. You have to accumulate feedback and reviews of the product for fairer knowledge, which would result into a wise purchase in the long run.
3. Don’t believe in offers and occasional deals that are “too-good-to-be-true”. A good shopper should know how things work, what offers are genuine and the ones that are likely to be fake and shady.
So, now that you are pretty much aware of all the things to do and the ones to avoid while shopping online, you might like to be wiser, smarter and safer before you add any product to your shopping cart.