1. Although it may look tedious, make sure you read the contract and terms before you purchase at a website. These documents have valuable information about what you can and cannot do when you have an issue with the item that you bought. Read them thoroughly so that you do not have an unwelcome surprise when trying to return items.
2. Be extra careful when you search for shopping deals on social networking. Although it's a great way to get announcements regarding sales and coupon-codes, social networking accounts can be simply impersonated or perhaps out-right hacked. Get your information about the social networking sites, then proceed directly to the main site in the store mentioned to wheel and deal.
3. Be wary of the emails you get, even if they appear to be from a retailer you trust. Never click on a hyperlink that directs you to a website other than the main one you shopped on. Should you do, you may become vulnerable to a gimmick. Rather than simply clicking an email hyperlink, just go as much as your browser and enter in the web site you need to go to. It really is much safer that way.
4. If a company includes a newsletter, register. Often, companies will give sneak peeks, promotions and coupon codes to people on the mailing list. However, be careful. You don't want to sign up for every company's newsletter or you'll soon be buried under endless emails. Only sign up for a company's newsletter if you really like their products and services and would use a discount code.
5. A great way to stay safe while shopping online is to avoid clicking any web addresses that are sent into your email. If you are expecting an email from a company, proceed to the actual website and do not click any links. Legitimate businesses do not send emails asking for personal information or account information.