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Research your vendor. Online shopping should be a concern for any shopper, which means knowing who you are shopping with. Does the seller have credible reviews? Are there issues with shipping times or quality of merchandise? Most people only research the product; however, it is always good to know who you are buying from as well.

Many of us have a favorite store – are you following your favorite store on Facebook and Twitter? If not, you should be! Companies often announce special offers or sales via social media sites, and by checking their Facebook page or Twitter account regularly, you may find some good deals that you otherwise would have missed out on.

Plan your online purchases carefully. Do not hesitate to spend a few hours looking through different stores to compare the products offered. Look for reviews on different sites and find a product adapted to your needs and your budget. Do some research on the online stores that offer the product you want before ordering your item.

Don’t follow all links in emails. While some companies send their subscribers special email links to follow, if they are hacked, someone can put a bad link in there. If at all possible, go directly to the site itself when you plan to make a purchase, just to be safe.

If you want to do some shopping online, check with your credit card company and see if they offer one-time use credit card numbers. These card numbers can only be used one time and protect your “real”� credit card number from theft. This service is almost always free to account holders.

Online shopping is a wonderful thing in that it really does put the world at your fingertips. It is important, though, to know a few tricks and tips before hitting the keyboard and spending some money. By keeping the above information close at hand, you can take full advantage of everything the online marketplace has to offer.