Smart Online Shopping

Smart Online Shopping

Online shopping has never been easier, or safer, but smart online shopping means using common sense to ensure your own privacy!  As part of our service in creating a friendly, easy to use coupon codes & deals website, we offer the following suggestions and tips to help you protect yourself while maximizing your experience with online merchants:
  • Ask First, Buy Later. If you have questions about a particular item, contact the merchant before placing your order. Always read product descriptions and view photos carefully.  Do not make assumptions.
     
  • Read the Fine Print. Be familiar with the merchant's return policies, shipping rates and customer service process. Find out whom to contact if you have a problem before sending your order through.
     
  • Look for the SSL Symbol: Always order from a 'secured' web site.  Many browsers display a closed padlock icon at the bottom of the browser window when you are in secure mode. You can also check the URL shown in the Address window of your browser. On a secure site, the web address should begin with "https://" (rather than the normal "http://"). Check your browser's Help menu for more information.
     
  • Protect Your Privacy:  Protect your personal information. Use common sense.  For instance, you should not need to provide your Social Security to a merchant.  Be sure to read the merchant's privacy policy to understand how they will handle your personal information such as e-mail addresses, shipping address, credit card details, etc.
     
  • Print Your Orders.  Keep good records.  Print your order and any confirmation messages to help you track your purchases. Make a note of which credit card you used.  Pay attention to credit card statements as they come in.

 

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