Saturday, January 17, 2009

How NOT to Shop Online

Shopping online would seem to be the easiest activity ever invented. All you need is a finger to click the mouse and a wrist to reach into your wallet or purse and pull out your credit card. But despite all that simplicity, you would be surprised how many people make costly mistakes when shopping online.

The result can be any number of things, including:

· Paying too much for the product you want

· Spending too much online in the search for that product

· Leaving your personal information unprotected

· Not exposing yourself to the many good deals that are "hidden away" on the web

The following information addresses these issues as we explain how NOT to shop on the web.

Don't pay too much for what you want

It is easy to find the product you're looking for online. Companies have gone to great lengths over the past few years to improve the selection found on the e-commerce websites. But finding a great online steal of a bargain is a different matter. Don't click on the first item that comes with free shipping. Take the time to comparison shop with other sites.

Don't spend all day searching and searching the web

While we just made it clear that you should always comparison shop online, that does NOT necessarily mean that you should lose your day running in and out of every nook and cranny on the Internet. Instead, make use of the tools that are available to you. Bookmark pages you want to go back to later, and lay screen side by side to see the direct comparisons between the products. Most of all, be ready to pull the tri

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