Don’t you just love online shopping? After a stressful month in the office, one of your go-to stress relievers and “me time” to ease your emotional and mental state would be shopping.Surely you’ve had enough of window shopping for the month, and after thinking carefully whether or not to buy the must-have bag on your list or the ultimate brogues your man will love, ‘tis the season to feed your wants.
In our generation, it seems like online shopping continues to grow each year with its promise of ease and convenience. No more elbowing with the other shoppers and aching feet for roaming endlessly in the stores. You are just a click away to reserve, shop and pay for the items of your choosing.
With more and more online shops dominating the interweb and your online shop list, don’t forget there are certain things to keep in mind and watch out for.
Shop on secure and reputable websites and stores. As previously mentioned, the online shopping business is increasing each year and along with that are the growing number of scammers and unreliable shops. Since online shopping nowadays is also spreading like wildfire in Facebook, Instagram and other channels; it’s easier to be blindsided by the cheap offers and over promising promotions.
Do ensure as well that when you go to the website and proceed to order/accomplish the payment details, there’s a padlock sign in the address bar or the “https” prefix to validate their security.
Double check the shipping costs. Sure the items must be cheap and beyond affordable however, what does the shipping cost say about that? Retailers may sell items at low prices all the while getting back through the shipping and handling costs and instead of saving more, you might just be unconsciously robbed.
Check the return policies. Since you don’t get to test, feel and wear whatever it is you’re buying, chances are it might not be a perfect fit for you or the item might have damages/defects. Before you purchase anything online, check for their return guidelines (i.e., within how many days you can return the item, the only factors acceptable to return the item, etc.). Along with this, don’t forget ignore the terms and conditions for you might pay for it eventually.
Never shop online on a public WiFi. Criminals lurking in the cyber-world enjoys hanging in the public internet connections to discreetly steal people’s personal information and money through it. If you’re not careful and mindful of your actions, you might just get yourself in a bad situation.
Make sure that you only shop in the comfort of your own home with a password-protected internet connection. And don’t use your phone, got it?
Give out too much information. Especially when you have no knowledge of where it’s going to be used for. In addition to this, Create a separate email for your online shopping for extra safety and security. If in case cyber criminals are working their way to target your connection, they won’t be able to steal sensitive and valuable personal information and work details from your account.
Don’t save your credit card information. Click the “no” option whenever you get a notification on whether or not to save your credit card information in your browser. Don’t take the risk of purchasing seamlessly to people getting access to these details without your permission. Your kids, friends, family members with access to your computer can use this valuable information without your knowledge. Once again, be extra careful.
There’s no doubt that online shopping has made relaxing and destressing more at ease with a few clicks. But don’t be too blind and vulnerable with the downsides of it as much as the upsides. Without the actual contact and other differences between it and visiting the store yourself, the risks are higher. So watch out for potential cyber criminals, scammers, etc. brought by the medium. Be sure to only visit online stores that are credible and reliable.
About Chie Suarez
When she couldn’t be found eating pizza or indulging on sweets, Chie writes for Zapals.com a global shopping site that delivers one of the largest innovative online department stores to people in the world.