7 Online Shopping Mistakes ...

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Buying goods online has become a way of life.

Simple, convenient and devoid of ‘real world’ hassles like queues and snarky assistants, the internet is, increasingly, the new mall or high street.

While there are a million reasons we love virtual shopping, there are also, however, more than a couple of downfalls.2

The business of buying on the internet isn’t risk free;

dangers of identity theft, virus infection, card copying and, of course, the plain old rip off, lurk at every turn.

To help you to navigate what is becoming a virtual retail minefield, I’ve done some research and put together a list of 7 online shopping mistakes.

1. Narrow Horizons

The internet is a big place.

Instead of automatically doing your shopping at one particular virtual store, broaden your horizons and check out a few new options.

It’s important to compare prices across retailers in order to make sure you’re getting the best deal;

who knows?

That tried and tested vendor might just be wildly overpriced.2

2. Using a Dodgy Connection

While it is important to weigh up your options and check the prices across a range of stores, it’s also crucial that you only buy from safe, reputable vendors.

Always check whether a site is secure or not – look for the magic ‘http’ – and remember, if you can’t see a little yellow lock in your address bar;

get out of there.

It’s also worth noting that different browsers use slightly different security icons, so make sure you understand the symbols displayed in yours at all times.

3. Paying for Unnecessary Shipping

Often, sites will offer free shipping on orders over a certain amount.

If your purchase comes in just under this minimum cost, consider adding something small and inexpensive to your shopping cart.

More often than not, this will work out cheaper than the price of shipping the product.

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