The universality of online shopping is growing day by day. It is addictive! Once you get used to it, you can't live without it. While shopping online, you can have tons of profits over physical retail shopping like (but not limited to) a vast selection of products and services, instant price comparison, enormous saving of time and fuel, online coupons and promo codes, etc. But with so many advantages, online shopping has some downsides too, which can be efficiently dealt with by taking the following measures and precautions.
There is always a probability of being the prey of online fraud if you don't have enough online shopping practice. Increase knowledge as much as you can.
Sites like Yelp, Epinions.com are providing great help to potential buyers. It would be most helpful to first browse these websites for the merchants you want to know about. You can find tons of positive and negative reviews by the other buyers and give you a good idea about the handler.
Using a credit card over your debit card is far more trustworthy. For any unauthorized charge, you will be liable to the maximum limit of $50.
Get as many aspects as you can like product size and its dimensions, shipping fees and anticipated date, return policy of the merchant, etc.
Never shop from a public place! If you plan to buy online, avoid using shared computers like PCs at the library or at a cyber cafe, etc. Well, using your workplace PC is Ok if it remains under your control.