Who doesn’t love online shopping? Sure, it may combine at least two deadly sins—greed, sloth, yes?—yet we still succumb to it. And why not, sometimes it’s just the best thing to do. Don’t get the wrong idea, I’m not saying that it’s bad to shop online or that you’ll go straight to hell when you do BUT before you start filling up your virtual shopping cart, make sure you know the basics of online shopping.
I love shopping online, it’s convenient, hassle-free (most of the time), and there’s always a huge chance of scoring great deals! I’ve been into online shopping for quite some time now and I’ve learned a good amount of lessons and tricks which I believe would help all online shoppers out there. So what better way to do that than make a list, right? Here you go!
Verify the online shop’s credibility
You don’t want to waste your hard-earned money and precious time on a bogus site/shop. So before drooling over their products and promos, make sure the online shop you’re visiting is credible AND reliable. Take time to search for reviews and feedback about the site/online shop. If you know some people who had an experience buying from that shop, ask them about it. Popular online stores (Amazon, Ebay, Etsy, etc.) has already made its name so you’ll know it’s a credible site for online shopping. Locally, we have ZALORA, Lazada, etc.
Create an account
After you’ve verified the site’s credibility, it’s time to register for your account. Some online shop allows guest buying but it’s always best to create an account because it always comes with perks! While you’re at it, sign up for a newsletter too so you can keep updated with the latest products and offers.
Look out for deals and discounts
One of the best things about shopping online is that almost all shopping sites always have sale and other promos. Save more and score bigger by looking for discount codes (I have some in my sidebar, if you want one, heh) and items on sale.
This is very important; because you can’t really see and examine the actual product when shopping online, it’s best to read everything about it. Make sure that you are not being misled by the title. Don’t just rely on the displayed image of the product. Carefully read the description. Make sure NOT to skip the fine print! Check every detail and make sure that’s what you really want. Spend time looking for the details (size, dimension, color, validity if it applies, etc.) to save yourself the hassle of returning/refunding.
Create a wishlist
The beauty of creating a wishlist is that you can organize everything that you want to buy (but can’t at the moment) from that site and rank them based on priority. Also, you’ll be alerted via email when an item on your wishlist goes on sale. Plus, most sites allows wishlist sharing, so on your birthday or on Christmas, go ahead and share your wishlist on your social media accounts! You’ll never know, your secret Santa might just send you one (wish for more, haha)!
For those of you who are looking to buy specific product/s and wants to get the best deal, compare listings among different online shops offering the same product. The easiest way is to use price-comparison websites; think of it as a Google for best deals and online shopping. My current favorite is PricePanda; I love how it integrates all the important information (product overview, details/specifications, reviews) from different listings/sites and provides the best deal available.
Do NOT overlook the checkout details
Upon checking out, make sure to read all the details regarding billing, payment, guarantees, refund & return, and delivery. Online shopping should be convenient and hassle-free. If the online shop’s services and policies will just cause you inconvenience, maybe it’s not worth it (unless you can’t really find it anywhere else and you’re willing to take the risk). And most importantly, verify that the site is secured for online money transfer (with SSL) before even typing your banking information.
Avoid public networks
As much as possible, do your online shopping at home, using your own Internet connection/WiFi. If you don’t have a choice and must use a public terminal/network, take extra measures in ensuring your security while accessing the Internet. Always log out your account if you’re not using your personal computer.
Keep a personal record of the transaction
Send a copy of the transaction record/receipt to your email or print out a copy. It’s always better to have a personal copy for proof of your online transactions.
Mark your calendar
Check out the delivery time for your order and mark your calendar accordingly. Also, make sure that someone is available to receive your package/parcel upon delivery at your shipping address. Contact the online shop’s customer service hotline when necessary. Upon receiving your order, make sure to open it immediately to check if it’s the right item or if it has any defect. Almost all online stores allow refund, returns, and exchange but only for a limited time.
There you have it! I hope these tips somehow help you on your next online shopping spree. ^_~ It’s hard to write everything in detail because there’s a lot to discuss about this topic. Let me know in the comment section down below if you want this to be a blog series! ^_^
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