Holiday Season Is Almost Here: Helpful Tips to Keep in Mind Shopping Online

It is true, that you can shop just about everything and anything online. You can shop from food to cars to aircraft carriers. If it has a price, you can probably shop for it online. Here are some helpful tips that will keep your holiday shopping safe and secure. It will even save you some money.


First make sure the site you are shopping at has a SSL certificate. Secure Sockets Layer ensures that the website you are using is safe and secure. Typically websites will actually display a SSL certificate somewhere on their site. If not keep an eye out for the HTTPs at the top of the browser during check out. Most browsers such as Firefox, IE 7.0+, Opera, and Chrome will in fact identify an unsecure website.

Policy: Always make sure they have one. The worst thing you can do is buy a product and it ends up broken and you cannot return it. Make sure they at least have a return policy before purchasing.

Saving Money:

  • One of the best deals about online shopping is the No Sales tax approach. Unless the company is located in a specific area, there is no sales tax. (IE: If the company is located in Alabama, than it can only tax products that it sells to citizens of Alabama.
  • Shop around first. My favorite part of online shopping is that there is more competition and more locations to shop from resulting in lower prices. Instead of places like Best Buy, Target, Wal-Mart and so on where retail locations are just convenient and were forced to shop there, we don’t have to because were Online!
  • Search for coupons. Almost every e-commerce site out there has a coupon for something.
  • Use Google Shopping to your advantage. They are able to sort the lowest priced items.

Why Shop Online?

  • If saving money hasn’t convinced you, than time management should. It is much quicker to find what you’re looking for online than driving around looking for the products.
  • You can do all your holiday shopping on your lunch break or day off quickly and easily.

Online shopping isn’t for everyone. If you have never bought something online, I’d recommend giving it a shot. You’d be surprised how easy it is to find what you are looking for with just a click of a button. The #1 mistake of online shopping is falling for a scam artists’ trap. So again to reiterate, make sure the site your shopping is secure. Enjoy the Fall and Winter season and shop smart.


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