The popularity of online shopping is increasing day by day. It is addictive! Once you get used to of it, you can't live with out it. While shopping online, you can have tons of benefits over physical retail shopping like (but not limited to) huge selection of products and services, instant price comparison, huge saving of time and fuel, online coupons and promo codes etc. But with so much advantages, online shopping has some down sides too which can be easily dealt by taking the following steps and precautions.
There is always a probability of being the victim of online fraud if you don't have enough experience of online shopping. Gain knowledge as much as you can.
Using credit card over your debit card is far more safer. For any unauthorized charge, you will be liable to the maximum limit of $50.
Get as much details as you can like product size and its dimensions, shipping fees and expected date, return policy of the merchant etc.
Never shop from a public place! If you are planning to shop online, avoid using public computers like PCs at library or at a cyber cafe etc. Well using your workplace PC is Ok if it remains under your control.