Most of us overdo our concerns regarding online shopping safety issues. Still, there are others who just don't care enough as if they are spending someone else's money. A balance is necessary, we'd say. The following list of consumer safety tips are a result of intense brain storming resulting in some simple yet effective smart trading tips that let you focus on shopping, not on safety, because we are taking care of that. You won't need more than a minute or two to go through these.
Know the Company You are Dealing with
Do you know the vendor? Do you trust the merchant? It's a vital question if you are shopping online. You need to know the identity of the company you are trading with. If the company is new, check its refund and return policies. Find out if it has some kind of reputed certification that assures you regarding safe trading with the company. Even experts say that the bigger the company, safer the shopping experience with these.
Checkout on Secure Server
This one is not really a tip. It is an assurance that we have a secure server that allows you a safe checkout from our website. The URL of a secure page starts with https:// and there will be a locked sign in the bottom of your browser. If you don't see the sign and padlock sign, please log out since you may be on a phishing site which only wants your personal information (and all your money afterwards).
No Hidden Charges
There are no hidden charges to contend with when you are shopping at iBazaarIndia.com and you'll be protected against any unpleasant surprises after your shopping. Make sure it's the same even when you are trading with third parties.
Keep the Contact Details Handy
We check the identity of the sellers, making them go through a strict screening process, thus ensuring that you know we are standing besides you since you are trading with the safety associated with our name. Often you are enticed to other smaller sites where the deals appear too good and you kick yourself thinking why did you come to a big name like us when you could strike a bargain at these smaller sites. The problem is, you are forking out your personal information to people you don't know and the product may never arrive either
Know When It's a Scam
If the site lists only email addresses and there are no phone numbers, they are warning you before it gets late. The site is probably a scam and if you still find the deal irresistible, do so at your own risk.
It's Best to Use Credit Cards
Credit Cards are safest to shop with, the experts say. Debit cards are a strict no no, because your bank account may be siphoned off. Charges on credit cards can be disputed, whereas other methods do not have such a facility. The doubtful transactions are a cause of concern for the credit card company as well, hence they will also bat for you should the need arises.
Keep All the Receipts
Keep All Receipts - Similar to offline shopping, where you will usually need a receipt to make a return or exchange, it's important to keep all the details of your online shopping transactions. Don't delete any of your email order confirmations. You may also want to keep a log in a text file of all your purchases, this will help you locate the purchase information much easier