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5 Important Things to Take Care While Purchasing Online

Updated on May 20, 2013

In the fast moving world we always go for ways which can be done in the easiest ways. Purchasing stuffs have become one thing which is considered as time consuming, but to the amount of time spend to travel to a shop, time spend to select the stuff, time spend to pay it and time spend to return back home. A big solution for saving your time which is wasted on purchasing from a physical store is the online purchasing or online shopping methods.

Online shopping or internet shopping has become one of the most popular activities in the today's technology driven world and most of us prefer to purchase online rather than going to a physical store and wasting your good time over there. Most of the things that we use in our daily life can be purchased online and this is where the online shopping concept is gaining more popularity. Even I prefer to do my shopping online as it saves a lot of time and even I can select through a wide range of products sitting infront of my computer.

Even if the online shopping is a more convenient way, at times we have to come across bitter experiences while shopping online. Most of the time, we face issues while shopping online and these issues mainly arise due to the lack of knowledge that we have about a particular online shopping store or website. If we make a slight investigation and research about the online shopping store that we are supposed to shop with, then majority of these issues can be resolved. Here are some of the basic steps that we need to take care while going for online shopping.

1) Reputation of the Merchant Sites
Most of the time we do online shopping without inquiring about the reputation of the merchant site or the online shopping store. There are a lot of online shopping store available on the internet and most of them do not have a reputation enough to boast about. Such sites will really be a thorn in your online shopping experience and hence it is always recommended to do online shopping from only reputed shopping stores.

2) Payment Options
The online shopping websites offer different online payment options in different countries. So while going to purchase anything online, make sure that the online store is providing relevant payment options using which you can easily pay for the products purchased. Otherwise you will waste time selecting and finalizing the product, before becoming aware that you will not be able to pay using the payment option provided by the online shopping store.

3) Reviews of the Product
Before purchasing anything from the internet stores, you should atleast make a research about the products and what the users have to say about the product and its features. You can go through a large number of online reviews about the products and once you are confident, then only you need to think about buying the product online.

4) Shipping Option
As with the payment option, different website provide different shipping options and before purchasing anything make sure that the shipping option provided in the website is supported in your city or town. Otherwise you will be simply wasting your time selecting the product and purchasing it online.

5) Shipping Delays
If you need to product in the least number of days, you have to check the website to find out in how much days the products will be shipped and delivered. There are some websites which ships the products on the day on purchasing, while there are some online stores which ships the products only after a few days of purchasing. So make sure that the product will be shipped to your doorstep in the least number of days.


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    • georgescifo profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from India

      Yes point2make, you are right. We must also check the return policy of such online stores..

    • georgescifo profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from India

      Thanks for the comments, girishpuri!!

    • point2make profile image


      6 years ago

      Very good points and a good hub. I would add that it is important to also check the return policy of the site you are buying from. If they don't have a good return policy .....don't buy. Voted this hub up.

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      Girish puri 

      6 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Yes these five points are very important and useful, useful hub, thanks


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