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If you love shopping like me, chances are you would already have done some shopping online. Online shopping offers great excitement and convenience to us busy women. Having to juggle work and family, many career women only found time for themselves after settling their family and children after a day’s work. Usually, by that time, the off-line shops are closed. With the wonderful array of shops available online, clothes shopping now offers an amazing range of variety and styles (some of which are only available overseas), all at a click of the mouse.

What are the benefits of online clothes shopping? You can do it in peace (think – no fussy toddlers and sulky teenagers bugging you to leave the store) and in the comfort of your own home (imagine settling into your favourite chair with a mug of coffee/tea) and let your fingertips do the work! The best part of online shopping? The shops are opened 24/7! You can shop at any time at your convenience!

While there may be challenges buying clothes online, here are four tips to ensure that your online clothes shopping be as fuss-free (you don’t want to waste your precious time), and as pleasant as possible.

Tip#1 Choose the Right Fit
You don’t want to waste money on clothes that don’t fit. If possible, buy clothes from shops with specific measurements of their clothes. Shops with size labels like ‘Small’, ‘Large’, Size 10 and Size 12 may differ when it comes down to the actual centimeters and inches. Therefore, the most reliable way to get the right fit is to know the actual centimeters / inches the clothes are in. A Size 10 for a label may be a size 12 for another. Chances are, shops which are able to offer specific measurements are serious about their business.

Tip#2 Get Yourself Measured 
If you were to get the right fit, you need to get yourself measured, preferably by a professional tailor. And keep the measurements with you when you are shopping. If you cannot get yourself measured, then, the next best thing is to measure your clothes. To do so, just lay them flat on a hard surface (e.g. wooden table) and measure, using a tape measure, the key areas of shoulders, pit to pit, armhole, waist, hips and length. Alternatively, if you have a favourite label, whose clothes fit you well, check out their website and see if they provide specific measurements for their sizes.

In the same way, clothes measurements may be published in one of the two ways – based on the person wearing the size, or off the actual clothes pieces. Measurements off an actual blouse, for example, are measured when the clothes are laid flat. The bust measurements are usually read as pit-to-pit measurement (the horizontal length from one armpit to the other). So, a pit-to-pit of 44cm, for example, would fit a bust size of about 88cm (depending on the stretchability of the materials).

Tip#3 Clear Your Queries
It is important that, if you have any queries, to send them to the customer service. Legitimate shops will publish their emails and contacts for customers to contact them. Some shops have online forms for queries to be sent to them directly on their websites so that you do not have to open your email browser. Many shops also have Facebook pages for you to interact with them. If you have any queries with regard to the issues of fit and quality of the clothes (for example if a certain fabric is sheer), it is good, at this juncture to raise them to be answered. You could also request for more pictures of the products where relevant.

 

Online shopping has indeed made shopping a little more convenient that you can shop anytime and at the comforts of home. With just clicks of the mouse, you can already buy items and pay for them. You just have to wait then for you item to be delivered. However, with this convenience also comes some risks.

Indeed, shopping online is convenient but the convenience of the internet can also pose some risks. Of course, you will never know who are you dealing with online and unscrupulous individuals have also taken advantage of the anonymity on the internet. Scams and frauds also exist online and for sure, you wouldn’t like to just give them your hard-earned money. For a great shopping experience, here are a few tips for online shopping that you may find useful.

– Do your research. Compare items and prices before you buy. There are a lot of places online that you can get the best deals especially when you want to purchase gadgets. Make sure also that you have the correct product information before finally placing your order. Especially if you are buying gadgets, you may never know if there are already latest versions available, so you may want to check that out before finally buying so you may not regret later.

– Check out the seller and make sure you are dealing with a reliable one. One of the very most important tips for online shopping is to make sure you are dealing with an authentic dealer or seller to avoid fraud and scams.

– When paying online, always make sure also that you are not just giving your credit card details without checking and making sure that you are giving it to the right people and you are in the correct website. It would also help if you do a little research on the common scam that fraudulent people are using online. This will help you avoid them.

– Keep your financial information and passwords secure. This is very important in buying online as these are often what fraudulent people online are after. Keep in mind too that identity theft can happen online and this is one thing you should also avoid online.

– Pay attention to any terms and conditions, warranties, shipping facts and many other small but important details of the buying. It also helps if you can get contact numbers of the seller and a way to contact him in case there is a problem with the shipping items. Also make sure you are in a secured websites as well.

Keep in mind these tips for online shopping to make your online shopping not only easy and convenient but also safe as well. Stick with reliable shopping sites so you will also be sure that the item you purchase can really reach you.

 

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.

Security:

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.

 

When you think of Christmas, the first thing that comes to mind is likely to be buying gifts for others and the crowded shopping malls but that does not have to be the case anymore if you carry out Christmas shopping online. If you are one of those who stick to shopping at crowded shopping malls because you think that it is a Christmas tradition, your experience with online shopping will very likely change your mind.

Thanks to the advancement in technology, you can now carry out all or part of your Christmas shopping online without all the hassle and exhaustion you will feel when you have to wriggle your way through crowds of busy shoppers. Just imagine the luxury of browsing through the catalogue of online stores and all you have to do to buy an item is to make a few clicks.

You can even request for the items to be gift wrapped and everything will be delivered right to your doorstep. You don’t even have to leave your house to get all your Christmas shopping done! No wonder online shopping is fast gaining popularity these days! However, to ensure that your shopping is carried out safely and that you get your gifts on time for Christmas, here are 3 tips to help you.

1. Get your Christmas shopping done in time
It is very important that you do your shopping for Christmas early. This will ensure that you receive all your gifts in time for Christmas without having to incur high costs for rushed shipping for the items. You do not want to disappoint your friends and relatives by giving them their presents late but at the same time, you do not want to spend unnecessarily. If you request for only standard shipping, the rates are usually very reasonable and you might even get a huge discount for bulk purchase.

On the other hand, you will not want to buy your gifts too early either because if the gifts arrive too early, they will either take up too much space in the house or you end up forgetting where you have kept them. Thus, you have to time your shopping carefully. It will be safe to carry out your Christmas shopping online between mid October and early December.

2. Purchase only from reputable online retailers
When you carry out a search online, you will find that there are many stores online and some might even offer you special discounts which are irresistible. However, to safeguard yourself, you should only make your purchases from retailers that are reputable to prevent fraud incidents from happening to you. One way of doing so is to check for recommendations or satisfied customers’ feedbacks. If you could not find any, it is best that you shop somewhere else.

3. Check model details before purchase
When you are shopping online, you can only see the pictures of the items that you want to purchase and sometimes this may differ from the actual items. To avoid disappointment, you should check the model number first. Take for instance you have seen an espresso maker at your local store or on the advertisement page of your local newspapers. You can check its model number against the one at the online store to ensure that you are getting the right one. In instances when you are getting clothing, you should also check the size against the measurement chart so that you do not get the wrong size.

If you carry out your Christmas shopping online the right way, it can save you a lot of time and frustrations. Christmas is a time of celebrations and the process of buying gifts should also be a joyous occasion. Thus, keep the above tips in mind when you are shopping for your items and you will not go wrong. Have fun!

 

Read important shopping online safety tips before your next online purchase. These online safety tips will help make your shopping experience safe, secure, and pleasurable. More and more people are using the internet to make purchases and though most transactions are without complications, safeguards for online safety is crucial.

Get to know the merchant when shopping online

When shopping, be sure to gather as much information as you can about the merchant you will be dealing with. Check their reputation to see if they are a reliable source to purchase from. Look for internet rating services and directories that provide helpful information about merchants.

Is the site secure?

Most sites that are visited are very secure but yet there are those that you need to be aware of. Taking the right precautions and tips will ensure a complete and safe purchase. Let us start to see what protection there is when you are about to make that purchase. Is there a closed lock or unbroken key in your browser window? The site is not secure if the key is broken or the lock is open. Is there “https:” not “http” on the web address that ask for your password, credit card, or other personal information? Look for a pop-up box that says you are entering a secure area. Also, SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) are used on some sites.

Use different passwords

Prevent someone committing fraud by changing your passwords. A suggestion would be to change them every 2-3 months. For sites requiring sensitive information, create unique passwords different from what is used for other entries.

When you create your passwords, do not use personal words and numbers such as your phone number, your name, social security number, or address. Use a combination of letters and numbers. Be sure to remember the passwords and if you need to, write it down and keep them in a safe place where they cannot be found.

Beware of bogus emails

You may receive many clever emails imitating merchants, banks, or other companies that will ask for your personal information. You will be asked to verify your password, reestablish your accounts, or anything in order to get access to sensitive information. Do not click on their links nor answer the emails. If you have a question and have some concern, contact your trusted source to see the email is legitimate.

Bona fide businesses do not ask for sensitive information such as your SSN or bank account numbers on the web. Stay updated with anti-virus and spam software for added protection.

Safeguard and protect

Take the time to investigate other ways that you can safeguard and secure protection when you are shopping online. Following these steps and more will greatly decrease the chances of being a victim of fraud and give you peace of mind when shopping.

 

Online shopping is booming as more consumers take their business to e-tailers (electronic retailers) instead of the brick and mortar stores. After conducting a survey, the National Retail Federation estimates that approximately 52 million people, or 37% of shoppers, surf the web for the best deals. This number is continually growing as more products become available online and people gain confidence in shopping online.

Though some people are still unsure of giving their credit card numbers in exchange for merchandise over the Web, the Internet is a relatively safe place to shop due to improved technology and e-shopping savvy consumers. Here are a few tips to keep you, your computer and your bank account protected while you shop online.

 

  • Don’t Give Out Your Personal InformationLegitimate online retailers will never ask for your social security number at any time. Don’t give it to retailers—if someone requests it, contact the company.

 

  • Arm Your ComputerYou can protect yourself as you shop online simply by installing some basic security programs on your computer including anti-spyware, anti-virus and pop-up blocker programs. This software will keep your financial information and passwords safe and out of the site of cyber thieves and hackers.

 

  • Use a Credit CardCredit cards are easy to use online-just enter the credit card name, number and expiration date. There’s another important reason to use a credit card, if fraud occurs or you don’t get the product that you purchased, you can dispute the charges. However, if you use a money order or debit card, the money is usually gone without dispute.

 

  • Read the Fine PrintWhenever you shop online, read the fine print carefully so there are no surprises. Make sure you’re aware of shipping charges, delivery time, cancellation and return policies, as well as the seller’s privacy policy.

 

  • Don’t Respond to Unsolicited eMailNever buy things or confirm your billing information through an unsolicited email, especially if you don’t recognize the source. Legitimate online retailers will never ask for your credit card number through an email. If you receive an email of this type, contact the company immediately.

 

  • Ensure the Connection is SecureWhen you click to purchase an item online, your browser connection should become secure. Look for two signs: the site address should read https or shttp instead of http, indicating a secure connection, and small lock should appear in the browser toolbar.

 

  • Research Unknown RetailersIf you’re not familiar with the retailer, do some research before entrusting them with your credit card. Make sure they have a phone number and a mailing address. You may want to call them before making a purchase. You can also research the company on TRUSTe, Verisign and BBBOnline (Better Business Bureau).

 

  • If it Appears Too Good to be True, it Probably isUse your intuition. If you come across a retailer that has a product priced substantially lower than other retailers, or offers an online coupon that gives an unbelievable discount, use caution. Website retailers have to make their money somehow. Read their privacy policy, make sure they aren’t selling your personal information and take the extra steps to ensure the company and product are valid.

 

 

This shopping season more people will be shopping online that ever before. Some people will shop online to avoid parking, others to avoid crowds and still more to save on gas. There will people shopping online because they can shop 24 hours (day or night).

Here are some Tips to follow when Shopping Online to make your experience a safe and enjoyable one.

1. Look for signs that a site is safe. If you are shopping at a site that you recognize as a national company they probably are secure for purchases, but you need to check if they have a closed padlock on the browser’s status bar. Before you enter your financial information, when asked to enter payment information the URL should change from http, to shttp, or https. This will indicate that the purchase is encrypted or secure.

2. Read return policies. Some retailers give customers extra time to return items during the holiday season, but you will want to know what their policy is for returns in case you may need to use them.

3. Delivery Details. When making a purchase online check for the expected delivery date, shipping and handling fees, warranties, and any other important information. Keep records of this information with phone numbers in case you need to contact the merchant.

4. Credit card payments. Credit cards are a safe option when purchasing because under federal law (and credit card agreements) your liability for an unauthorized charge is limited to $50. Never send cash or a money-wiring service because you will have no recourse if something should happen.

5. Turn computer off. It’s always best to turn your computer off after shopping online. Many people keep their computers on 24/7, the dream scenario for scammers who want to install malicious software on your computer and then control it remotely to commit cyber crime.

There are many shopping malls on the Internet that you can go to and shop, if you keep the above guidelines in mind you should have a safe and convenient shopping experience. rrkcashsolution.com is a site that offers stores that are familiar, with a reputation behind their name that can be trusted. People should know that dealing with reputable companies, when doing their online shopping, can be much more secure than face-to-face transactions you make everyday. Purchasing online eliminates the middle-man who may handle your credit card, making this a scenario for potentially stolen information. Handle the transaction yourself and follow these tips for a safe holiday on-line shopping experience.

Roland Kemler

 

Shopping online can be very enjoyable but one must exercise common sense and some good tricks to get out ahead. Shopping on the internet should start here. This guideline is created to help you enjoy the experience of shopping online – you may even make some cash and pick up some savings tips too:

1. Use Contact Us Button – ALWAYS!
If you are interested in purchasing a product or service online – first contact the site using their “contact us” button. If you do not get a response with 24 – 48 business hours – be very wary about doing business with that site. Even for well known sites – you still need to see what their customer service is like so don’t bypass this step. Being big does not necessarily mean good customer service. The response should not be an automated one advising you to check site’s FAQ for your answer. The trick is to make your query one that will have to be answered by a REAL person. I have developed the mindset that ” if they don’t respond to my query within 24 – 48 hours” – I won’t buy!

2. Join Their Affiliate Program 
If you have a website – and wish to purchase anything online first check to see if the site you plan to purchase from offers an affiliate program. If they do, this provides the perfect opportunity for you to see how they will treat you and anyone that you refer down the road. Joining the affiliate program provides a threefold opportunity:

First: Testing Customer Service PRE-SALE. This is another way of testing customer service by applying for the affiliate program. If you get a friendly response within 24 – 48 business hours and you get a comfortable feel about the site, proceed to join their affiliate program. Next purchase the item you set out to purchase in the first place BUT from YOUR link on YOUR site.

Second: You get paid for purchasing and that is just a sweet bonus! You will usually get back either a percentage of your own purchase or a set $ amount. Check to see how long your cookies take to expire. The longer of course is the better – the best are cookies that never expire. If you have a busy site you may be able to market the product and make great commission before your cookie expires.

Third: Testing Customer Service POST-SALE. You are now in the position of a customer of this site as well as an affiliate. As a customer you can evaluate – was the service and item as advertised? Was service friendly? Did the product arrive timely? Was the quality as advertised? Was there a thank you email for the purchase? Did you receive an electronic receipt? Was there follow up contact to enquire about delivery etc. As an affiliate – Was your affiliate account credited with the commission within the time set out in their affiliate contract? If you get all the right answers you can now proceed to confidently market that product on your site because you are now your own living , breathing credible testimonial.

3. CHARGE IT WITH CONFIDENCE 
Many first time online shoppers are wary about flashing out their credit card to charge it and they have many reasons to be. Countless stories about online credit card fraud abound. Be careful, exercise common sense. The credit card companies are also very vigilant and pro-active in protecting their customers but that should not preclude you from indulging in your own due diligence. Follow these tips and you will minimize your risk.

a. First get a credit card that you use exclusively for online shopping.
b. Keep the limit $500 or below.
c. Only purchase at sites that looks like a real person(s) is/are behind it – i.e misspellings, out of date content -example advertising a salon trade show for 2006 in 2008 are dead give ways of unmanned sites.
d. Beware of squatter sites – sites that are not really involving in retail but host a lot of retail links.
e. Your first line of defence if you are not sure, is to use the – “contact us link” if there is none – leave right away.

4. ORGANIZE ORGANIZE ORGANIZE 
When shopping online you will undoubtedly get a lot of email contact from the sites that you do business with. In no time your email inbox will be cluttered with these emails. These are important emails please do not delete them. Here is what I recommend – create a folder in your email program for EVERY company that you do business with and SAVE all their contact with you in their respective folder. This way anything you receive such as guarantee of service, warranty, commission promised, receipts, contract terms , etc you can access easily and quickly should a dispute arise later.

This trick is especially good if you are given passwords and username to log into a site a while ago and now need it. Yes – most, if not, all sites have a password/username retrieval process but why wait on their reply if all you need to do is to check your own folder? This tip is also good for correspondences from lawyers, school teacher etc. If it is important file it.

This tip helped me recently when I had to retrieve information from an electronic receipt I received from David Notestine of http://www.cyber-robotics.com last April. I was able to locate the receipt and contacted the company to take advantage of the service I purchased back then. This is also a company I contacted pre sale got a personal reply within 24 hours. I purchased and also joined their affiliate program. See I do practice what I preach!

5. DON’T GIVE TOO MUCH
There are many legitimate sites in cyberspace that are very honourable and would never attempt to swindle you therefore an article like this they would welcome. They may even post on their sites for their customers. However there are so many many sites that are set up just to do the very opposite. These are the ones that this tip is intended to warn you of. If you are asked to provide your Social Security Number (USA) or your Social Insurance Number (Canada) you might want to reconsider doing so. I have had the experience of signing up for work-from-home programs promising great wealth working from home completing surveys, some clerical stuff etc etc but you have to provide the Social Security info for your self and your family members etc to be paid. I did! Luckily nothing happened to my identify to my knowledge unless there is a Desemal Thomas in the USA that is not YET affecting my identify here in Canada. This took place in my newbie days on the internet when I trusted everybody. Unless you want a clone of yourself – Rule of thumb – LESS is MORE. No social security numbers, no full date of birth, bank account information, give only what make sense. Less information = more protection.

6. THERE IS NO GET RICH FORMULA! 
Stay away from the temptation – (speaking from experience). Temptation can that burn a LARGE hole in your credit card. If these folks touting the rich life on the waterfront properties, the yacht, the 5 star vacations did have the get rich-overnight-formula why would they want to share it with you a total stranger? It would be so guarded by these people – you would have a better chance of getting some of the royal jewels from Fort Knox than them sharing it with you. Don’t fall for the manufactured testimonials – do you know any of these people featured there? Do you know anyone who knows anyone featured there? What proof do you have that it is real? Follow your Gut instinct? Beware!

7. LET EQUIFAX/ TRANS UNION BE YOUR FRIENDS!
If you have heeded all the tips provided above and still have that feeling that something is just not right after you have made a purchase.

a. Contact your credit card provider IMMEDIATELY – request that they not accept the payment and you MUST not accept the good or service. You cannot have it both ways.
b. Check your credit report for any unusual activities and file a dispute of any item on your credit report that you did not authorize.
c. Make checking your credit report a consistent habit – some credit card companies offer credit monitoring service.

8. You CAN Make MONEY while SHOPPING ONLINE 
In spite of the tip in #6 you CAN make money online. I am not selling you any program – NO! This is how it works.

The premise is – if you have purchased products and service online and you are pleased with it you may want to share it to others. Why not make some money doing so. There are folks who do make a tidy sum of money online doing just that. Selling as a middleman/women! That is what affiliate/reseller programs are about. You are marketing someone else’s products or services. Instead of the vacuum salesman going door-to-door in the old days – the vacuum salesman now simply sets up a site and calls himself a “RESELLER” and get to work getting traffic to his site to purchase the vacuums from him.

Or Mr. Vacuum Salesman puts a banner on his site from the manufacturer of the vacuums and gets paid REFERRING clients to buy the vacuums directly from the manufacturer. Find a decent set of affiliate programs from sites such as Commission Junction, Share a Sale, Clickbank among others.

They key is that you have to generate TRAFFIC to sell to! That is it straight and simple. If your website is not even ranked on Google chances of a customer finding you online via search engine is very very slim. Most people start out with a regular site with one central product or service and once they build credibility and a decent size customer base they introduce these add -on services and products. It will take time but if you remain consistent you can make money online and elevate your enjoyment of the internet.

9. DON’T BE AFRAID
Don’t be afraid to purchase on the internet – it is a fun place. Do your research, compare, read un-solicited customer feedback then buy. Some sites have customer feedback that you know is real because it is so raw in its content and both good and bad reviews are posted. Believe me, you will know if it rings true. Exercise common sense and happy shopping – it can be fun.

 

As you’ll probably already be aware, Christmas shopping online is going to take a huge amount of time and stress out of the run up to Christmas for you. It will make sure you not only get everything you want, it’ll also mean you can have it delivered to you in the comfort of your own home; now what could be more convenient than that?

In this article we’re going to look at 6 top tips when it comes to doing your Christmas shopping online.

Christmas Shopping Online Tip 1: making a list, checking it twice…

…Ok, you may not have to check it twice, but having some idea of what you want to buy, and making a note of it, is going to save you a lot of time and money online.

The reason for having a list is the fact that you can do so many cost comparisons on the internet. If you see the thing you’re after on one site it always makes sense to check for it on other sites too; it’s amazing just how much prices can vary from one company to another.

When comparing the costs you should also bear in mind the cost of postage. Some of the prices you see may be a lot cheaper than at a competitor’s site, but, by the time you add in the postage on the two sites the actual difference may be minimal.

Christmas Shopping Online Tip 2: buy early.

Most people will already know that the earlier you buy the more likely you are to avoid the dreaded ‘sold out’ message; it applies to any method you choose to buy that highly in demand gift this Christmas.

If you’ve made your list, as mentioned in tip one, then you should have been able to get a head of the crowd, if not, you may find it difficult because online retailers often carry more stock of an item than the high street equivalent.

If this happens to you then you should keep checking to see who else stocks it, or, if you don’t mind paying a premium, have a look at some online auction sites to see if it’s being sold on there.

Christmas Shopping Online Tip 3: Shop smart, shop safe.

If you’re buying from a small website i.e. not an online extension of a big high street company, then you should always check to make sure that they are using a secure server.

If the website is secure then you should have no worries about using your credit card, and giving them your delivery details, because those details won’t be accessible by any person not involved in the transaction of the product.

You should also be able to find a copy of the terms and conditions, and privacy policy of the company on their website.

Christmas Shopping Online Tip 4: wrapping up the purchase.

Often, especially over the Christmas period, the online retailer will give you the option to have the product wrapped – depending on what you’ve bought, of course – and it will generally only add a small charge to the overall price.

Wrapping can be one of the most time consuming and frustrating things to do, especially if you aren’t very good at wrapping gifts, don’t have much time, or just don’t want to, and someone else is prepared to do it for you, then this is an option that’s well worth taking up.

Christmas Shopping Online Tip 5: make sure they will deliver before Christmas.

There is nothing worse than finding the right gift, getting the best price, and then discovering that they won’t be able to deliver before Christmas, right? Well no, the worst thing is discovering after buying it that they won’t be able to deliver before Christmas.

Most of the best online retailers will tell you if the product is in stock; if it isn’t they’ll indicate when it should be available, as well as when it can be sent when they do get it in stock. If they already have it they will have some indication on the website of when they expect the last day to be to send it to you and still make the Christmas deadline.

If none of these dates are obvious then they may have them in a section on postage, if not, you could either contact them by phone, or email or just look for some other company that has it in stock.

Christmas Shopping Online Tip 6: digital Christmas cards.

One of the great innovations of the last few years – for people of a slightly forgetful nature – is the eCard. There are a number of websites that let you send virtual Christmas cards to a person’s inbox, so, if it’s Christmas Eve and you’ve realised that you haven’t sent a card to Aunt Sophie overseas, the eCard will come to your rescue.

A lot of these Christmas cards are interactive so they can be great fun for kids that receive them, but one warning, sending them too often to the same people just makes you start to look as though you only remember them at the last minute – whether that’s the case or not.

There we have it; 6 top tips for Christmas shopping online.

Make a list so you can do better comparisons. Buy early to avoid disappointment, and to make sure that the item is delivered before Christmas. Always make sure that the site you buy from is protected and gives their terms and conditions etc. Save some time and money by getting them to gift wrap it. Finally, if you discover that you’ve missed someone off of your Christmas card list, an eCard may just save the situation.

While there’s still time, make the most of these tips for doing your Christmas shopping online.

 

Online shopping tips are not something that should be underrated or brushed aside. Online shopping is convenient, sure, but if you’re relatively new to online shopping then there are some tips and tricks that you should be aware of to make sure you get exactly what you ordered.

Now, I’m not saying that online shopping sites are out to trick us, however, I am saying that shopping online is not like shopping in person. And, if you don’t want to be stuck with something that doesn’t look anything like what you ordered then you’d do well to go through this short read.

Our online shopping tips cover the following points:

  • Reading reviews
  • Reading product specifications
  • Buying guides on site

Online Shopping Tips #1: Read User Reviews

User reviews are underrated but should be your first resource for checking up on many things like the product quality, availability with the seller you’re buying from, the fit and sizing and much more.

It should be the first place you check and should influence your buying choice. Many retailers also offer review aggregates online, which means that they’ll collate product reviews from multiple sources. This is helpful, but you should base your decision on user reviews, which is posted by users who actually bought the product.

Go through a few and keep an eye out for fake reviews; websites and sellers often resort to this underhand tactic. So, check the difference in the count of positive and negative reviews. A sizeable difference means that the general trend is accurate. A user review count difference which is not substantial may conversely reflect something fishy, so check out other websites too.

Online Shopping Tips #2: Read Product Specifications

I know this is one of those things that you assume the seller has manipulated, but it’s also the one place where the seller is actually telling you about the product. Also, for electronics or clothing, you should definitely not ignore this section. So, if you think the deal sounds too good to be true, then the product specification or description is the one place you should check to see if what you think you’re getting is actually right or not.

If the description is non-existent or too short then you can post questions, call the customer support of the website or check on the internet to see if other places are offering similar deals. Unlike what newcomers to online shopping might think there will not be a huge price difference in the product you want to buy across multiple websites, so if you see a big difference on only one website, then there could be something you might want to check further!

Online Shopping Tips #3: Buying Guides

Most top websites offer buying guides that are tailored to their product assortment. Most of the info is some thing that you can find on the internet anyways, however you should listen to what the best practices are the website states while choosing products from that website.

So, if you’re buying clothing, then buying guides are absolutely essential and you should prefer the ones on the website you’re actually buying from.

Conclusion:

So, there is nothing to it. Online shopping is easy and fun and also convenient. In addition, you’ll never be able to get the number of choices in a store that you get online; especially when online websites allow international sellers to transact on their website.

Thus, like it or not; online shopping is the future. Sooner or later everyone will need to wrap their heads around this concept. Fortunately, it’s simple and if you stick to credible websites you can be sure to be safe.

However, be sure that the website you are relying on is credible. Malicious users and websites will make sure that they appear legitimate to even the most discerning of users. But, by just spending some time shopping and getting to be familiar with the internet, you will be able to figure out which sites you can trust and which you should not, if you happen to land on one.