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Shopping On The Internet - Things To Look Out For

May 25, 2008
As many millions of people have discovered, there are tremendous advantages to buying goods on the internet. It is possible to compare products very quickly from a wide range of providers, and review prices very much quicker than you could on the high street. You are also able to access suppliers from all over the globe, giving you tremendous power when it comes to choosing and comparing.

There is also a great deal to be said for the added benefit of not having to fight your way through crowds at shopping centres. Being able to compare products quickly and easily online, click to order and all from the comfort of your own home, knowing it will be delivered directly to you.

However, there is a downside to all this online purchasing, and of course it is to do with security. There are two main issues to be aware of - those sites which are either insecure or simply fake and which are lethal as far as your bank details are concerned, and those sites that might well be secure, but are quite unreliable.

As far as the first type is concerned, it is of course preferable to shop online with big, well known names, as you will have added peace of mind. However, there are other ways in which you can tell if a company is secure. When you load up their web page you should see a small padlock icon at the bottom right corner of your screen. The web address should also begin with 'https' rather than just the usual 'http'. The extra 's' stands for 'secure' and along with the padlock shows that the site has been authenticated and that your financial details entered will be very safely encrypted and submitted without the risk of interception. A site that does not have these two features should not be used to enter any personal or financial details, and you would be wise to avoid such a site.

If you are in any doubt about the authenticity or reliability of a site, it is a very simple task to find out a little more about them from online reviews. It should only take a few seconds to search online for the company name, and especially if you search the online groups and user forums you will find that there are likely to be reviews and comments posted by previous customers.

If you see nothing at all, no mention of the company anywhere, then it may well be a very new company, or one that has recently been rebranded. Although this doesn't necessarily mean that it is unreliable, you might be wary of it as without any history it is impossible to tell whether it is completely genuine or not. Much better to let other people take the risk, and then leave you some reviews for you to use to be able to make your own mind up about it.

Be aware that if a product you order is being sold from a different country there may well be extra shipping costs, import taxes and insurance. So it is important to check these out fully before you order, because they can result in a very hefty increase in the overall price, negating the benefit of shopping there in the first place.
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