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How to Identify Trustworthy Merchants When Shopping Online

There are many and many sellers online that would like to have the content of your bank account. Unfortunately when shopping online, it is very difficult to tell a fraud form a honest seller.

The Internet is mostly anonymous. People hide behind fake names and emails. There are people and companies out there that are not as friendly as others. So how to make a right choice?

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If you are ordering from Amazon or eBay, you should always opt for the sellers that are high-rated. They have a user feedback, read them and make up your mind. Please remember, that there are people who are never satisfied with anything and tend to say bad things about everything. See, if anyone else has bought the same product and what they thought about it. Also remember to check out the best online shopping sites that are suggested by your friends. 60% of all shopping is done online and surely your closest people have their faves!

If it’s to good to be true, it must be!

There are online sites that offer too low prices for some products (let’s say designer products). This is where you should be extra careful. It is very likely that those things are 1) knock-offs, 2) stolen, 3) damaged goods, 4) all of the above. Here are some tips how to recognize a fake web-site. Start form the design. The “bad” websites usually have a mediocre design with a few features. The products displayed are not accurately described or have low quality photos. Normally they also lack customer service or have a dodgy email address (ending with hotmail.com or gmail.com). The biggest alert has to be the price. Always compare the prices on different websites to be sure you won’t overpay.

BIG sellers.

The availability of the best online stores do not depend on the county you live in, because most of them offer delivery all over the world (for free). Of course, you’ll have to pay attention there too. Make sure that you are eligible for free shipping and if not, find out exactly, how much you’ll spend. Find out how long the delivery will be and where from the parcel will be shipped and if there will be any custom fees.

Payment options

Check out what payment options are offered and if they are secure or not. You probably won’t go wrong with Paypal and other known money transfer options. If the method is not familiar to you or seems suspicious in any way, contact the customer service and ask additional information. Sometimes it is better not to make the purchase at all and try to find your product elsewhere.

There are many aspects to be considered regarding online shopping, so here are some points to remember:

· If your first notion of the website it not positive, leave and never look back

· If you have any complaints, turn to customer service, they have to help you

· If the products look cheap, they probably are

· You get what you pay for – low priced shoes will not last you 5 years

· Listen what others have to say (other buyers, your friends or family)

All in all, online shopping is fun! But you would probably not give your money to a total stranger – so do not do it online. Have a look around before you pay and make sure that you will really get what is being sold. For some help, see the lists of the best online shopping sites for apparel that have accurate descriptions of the sites and payment/delivery methods.

Happy shopping!