Online shopping has been a popular trend for a while now. It is growing fast and is becoming an important part, even for small businesses. But there are also risks in online shopping. For one thing, you cannot try out a trouser you are going to buy.

You also come across various shopping sites that you don’t know and have no idea if they are safe to do transactions with. So how do we stop these mistakes. Keep reading to find out some of the tips you can follow to make online shopping convenient and safer.

Know Your Seller

The sellers online are endless. While some these names are well known brands and sellers, some of them we have never heard of. This is why it is important to know your seller. If you want to identity who are real and who are the frauds, this requires some research. You might come across new stores on Instagram or Facebook and other social media sites or apps.

When shopping from sites and sellers you have not shopped from before, you can check the review of the previous buyers. There are also more than just websites in today’s online shopping. If there are any negative reviews and comments, then it is a site to be cautious of. Most of the time, it is safer to shop from online shopping sites that are well known and has a track record of being trustworthy.

Payment Options

The more payment options there are, the easier that site is to purchase from. But before you checkout of your online shopping store, make sure you check all the payment options available. Then make sure you are capable of paying through one of those options. For example, you might be used to shopping using your debit or credit card or pay cash when the item is delivered to you.

This is an option available for most local deliveries. But there are also instances where you might have to transfer money. In such cases, if online transferring is not available for you, you either have to register for it or, look for another shopping site. If there is an item that you need but can’t afford now, you can also check if the store offers a lay-buy payment option.

Return and Refunds

If you buy something the traditional way, and you ended up not liking it or finding out that it does not suit you, you can drive back to the store and return or exchange the item. Online shopping makes returning and refunding a little difficult because of the distance between you and the seller. Therefore, read the return and refund policy of the online store before a purchase.

Most stores offer a return and refund option within a reasonable period of time. But this may only come with certain conditions such as damages to the product during delivery or if you get a different product than what you initially ordered. So read the store policies carefully before proceeding with the purchase.

Give Only the Necessary Information

Whether you are new to online shopping or are a pro at it, sometimes we get confused by all the questions that is asked when we get registered to make a payment. Most stores respect your privacy and do not leak your personal information to outside. But if there are sites that ask additional details about your credit or debit cards or about your bank account – information that is not necessary for the purchase – this is also another red flag to stay away from the site. Most ‘false’ businesses tend to use personal details of their customers for frauds so be careful with what information you give them.

Be smart about what you purchase and what information you share. This will ensure safe and secure online shopping.