Shopping online is now widely considered to be the best way to do your shopping – whether buying household items, clothes or even groceries, more people every day are choosing to go online.
And it’s really not the least bit surprising – online shopping saves you time, energy and can help you save a lot of money as well.
However, there are mistakes that are often made when shopping online that can cost you
money and even get you swindled out of your hard earned money.
Whenever going online to shop, you should always be aware of a few important things to help you have a pleasant shopping experience.
- Overlooking Shipping Prices
When you find a great offer that seems to be cheaper than other sellers, don’t rush off to the checkout just yet. You may find that the price is much bigger when you add up the shipping fees.
Some sellers do this on purpose – they’ll reduce the prices of the items, but raise the shipping fees, so even though it may look like you’re buying cheaper, you end up paying the same, if not more.
Shipping prices may also be influenced by how far from the seller you live, so consider that too when ordering.
- Wiring Payments Instead of Using Paypal or a Credit Card
When you finally decide to buy something, check what the paying options are. If the seller only accepts a wired transfer, you’ll probably end up paying a lot of additional fees for the money transfer that can significantly increase your total.
If possible, look for sellers that have the option to pay with Paypal or a credit card – this way you’ll be paying for the item and the additional payments, if any, will not be as significant.
Additionally, there is no customer protection when paying with a wire transfer, which means, that if you wire the money, there’s probably no way to get it back, in case you get swindled.
- Not Reading the Return Policy
Whatever you might be buying, always check the sellers’ return policy. You never know what might happen – you can receive something that is damaged, or something that just doesn’t fit you.
It pays to know if your seller accept returns, does he offer free returns, can you get a full refund or exchange the item.
If a seller does not have a return policy, you should strongly consider finding another one, because otherwise you’ll have no options if you receive an item that you’re not satisfied with.
- Missing Out On Coupons
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is not take advantage of the many coupons that are available for almost any seller online.
If you take just a little time to look around the internet for various coupons on the item you’re looking for, you’re almost certain to find a deal that will let you get a much better deal than you originally had.
It’s as simple as this – you’re almost definitely paying more than you could if you don’t use the various promotions that are available every day.
- Too Good to Be True?
When browsing the net for offers, sometimes you’ll come across deals that are not simply good, but just flat out amazing.
And that’s not always a good thing. If you catch yourself thinking that it just sounds too good to be true, it probably is. When an offer is simply unrealistic, it probably means that the seller is trying to scam you out of your money.
Always buy from sellers that are trustworthy – have a reputation, a solid website and content, have easily findable contact information and can be reached with it.
Use common sense when choosing a place to buy online, because there are instances where you should pay a little more, but be sure that you’ll get what you want.
Whether you’re an experienced online buyer, or are just thinking of trying it, know that it can be a great way of shopping, if you remember the important things to consider.
The next time you log on to your computer to do some shopping, remember these tips – they will save you a lot of money and trouble.
About the author:
Michelle Forsyth is a self-employed writer and blogger with a BA from Melbourne University. When Michelle is not writing or blogging she spends time with her two kids and spends time online shopping for the best deals!