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The Top 5 Things to Consider When Shopping Online

Updated on March 26, 2019
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flavia is a millennial feminist, freelance blogger, content creator and copy writer. she is very passionate about writing and helping women

What do i consider when shopping online?

Today, shopping online is increasingly becoming popular with many people. Big thanks to the advancement in technology that makes it very easy for businesses and shoppers to thrive online. Many people are opting to shop online because it saves them time and money in the form of huge discounts all in the comfort of their couches or beds. After all, why bother spending a whole day hopping from shop to shop when you can just scroll through your phone or computer and order what you want with just a click?

However, all is not glitz and glamour when it comes to shopping online. It has its own perks. The internet is full of many scammers whose sole aim for existence is scamming innocent people like you of their hard-attained bucks. And sadly, this is far from over as long as the internet still exists.

Therefore, it is your duty to protect yourself from falling into the traps of these shameless scammers when shopping online.

Let’s look at the top 5 things you should always consider when shopping online:

1. The legitimacy of the online shopping site

The simplest way to check if the online shopping website you want to choose is legitimate is by:

  • Checking the website’s connection type

If the website is legit, the “HTTPS” is green. Most browsers show this to tell you that the website is verified. Furthermore, the “s” in the “HTTPS” stands for secure.

  • Confirming the site’s security in your address bar

A legit site will still show a green padlock on the site’s URL. You can even click on it to see the encryption in use.

  • Looking for spellings and grammar

Scammers are not only thieves but also scoundrels. They don’t even have the decency to hire editors for their scam websites.

2. The security of the payment method

When shopping online, it is better to use your credit card instead of a debit card for any payment that exceeds 100 dollars. Additionally, Credit cards have strong fraud detection mechanisms and reversing payments is easy. If you suspect anything mischievous, you can report it to your card issuer. For example, when the product you paid for is not delivered, contact your card issuer as soon as possible.

Alternatively, you can use PayPal for all your online transactions. PayPal has various mechanisms in place to combat fraud. And besides, PayPal helps you store all your financial information in one place instead of leaving your credit or debit card information on every online shopping website.

3. The shipping costs

Shopping online is a way to help you save time and money that you should have otherwise spent on physical stores. Before buying a product from an online shopping website, make sure it offers free shipping to your country to avoid unplanned additional costs. However, keep in mind that having your products shipped will take some time depending on where in the world you are. Shipping internationally can take a few days or even weeks. You should always keep that in mind so that you place an early enough order if you need an item in a short period.

4. The online shop’s return/refund policy

Make sure the online shopping website you are choosing to shop with is having a favorable return and refund policy if you change your mind or don’t like the products delivered. For example, if an online retailer sells you a damaged item, you have all the rights in the world to either ask for a replacement or cancel your order and demand a full refund according to the online shop’s return/refund policy. However, most online retailers have no refund policy for perishable items like fresh flowers or goods opened or unsealed after delivery such as software, computer games, CDs or DVDs.

5. Customer reviews

When shopping online, find out what other customers have to say about the online shopping website you want to use. Are they satisfied or not?

The good thing about online shopping websites is that everything is online which includes reviews. It is, therefore, super-easy to find out what people who have used the website are saying about it. All you have to do is to Google search or check out the website’s review page.


The above-mentioned things are not meant to only be applied once but every time you shop online with different online shopping websites.


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    • Isivwe Muobo profile image

      Farrah Young 

      11 months ago from Nigeria

      Good one, flavia. I never knew credit cards had any fraud detection mechanisms, let alone a stronger one. Just learn that today.


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