Online shopping has become a part of our daily lives. It is easier, can be done from the comfort of our homes, and the prices are cheaper. All you have to do is log on to the web, choose the product(s), and put in your credit or debit card details to purchase. The process is simple and we can now do it on a subconscious level. This has, quite sadly, led to the rise of scams that many of us fall for. Here are a few things you should watch out for when shopping online.
Sneaky Extra Charges
Reputable online retailers will show you their final prices without any additions or extra charges. However, this may not often be the best price on the web. Other lesser-known online shops may have the same product for half the price. But there is a catch: extra charges.
The first thing you should note is the currency. Is it in Australian dollars? If it is not, then do a quick currency conversion to see what the price difference really is. Also take into account the exchange rate of your bank before buying. Some banks also charge extra for currency conversion, which may add to the overall cost.
They may also have high shipping charges. This is often done to offset the price difference, so take that into account. Companies that offer flat shipping rates are better, though that is not often the case. You should also look out for handling fees. Some companies charge handling or restocking fees. Knowing these in advance will help you save a lot of money.
Bogus Online Retailers
Say you are looking for storage cabinets online. You see something you like, but you are not sure if the website is reliable or not. Check the product description: if it is in broken English then stay away. The description may also tell you more about the product and other charges it may have (extra charges, see above).
You can also stay clear from bogus deals by learning the price of product on trusted sites. You should also check out the websites contact page to see if they offer telephone numbers; log off the website if it only offers a generic email address. Finally, search the web for testimonials from buyers. This will reveal a lot.
Keeping the above in mind will help you steer clear of bogus deals and scams, as well as avoid extra charges on your products. Do not let these retailers spoil the fun for you. Shopping online is a relatively positive experience, and these tips will help you make it even better.