Online shopping: dos and don’ts

by Ameya Padhye

What this article is about

Online shopping is the latest shopping trend all over the world. No one wants to walk into a shop when they can get what they want in the comfort of their homes. The Internet has made everything just one click away from you. However, along with ease of access to whatever you want, there is always a risk involved. You can’t ever be sure about the quality legitimacy of the product when you have ordered it online. You need to be extra careful before ordering anything from any website you see or like. This article talks about the do’s and do not’s of online shopping.

 

Who is this article for

Most of the online shopping population consists of the youth and women. Most old people in India aren’t very tech-friendly and don’t trust devices like mobile phones enough to place online orders. This article targets the millennial generation and the women in this country, who purchase a majority of their necessities online.

 

The message

Given below are a few things to keep in mind while doing online shopping.

 

The dos:

Always check reviews: Check the reviews of the product you are about to purchase. Go through other people’s comments in the reviews section of the website to see the advantages and disadvantages of the product. It will help you understand if you can trust the products quality or not. Products with a 3 star or higher rating are usually trustworthy purchases.

 

Look for alternatives: Before you buy a product, always look at alternatives from other brands and make a list so that you can compare the differences between the products and figure out what suits your need better. You will be able to save some cash too if you look for a cheaper product with similar ratings.

 

Pay with cash: Paying with the cash on delivery options an excellent way to ensure that you can check the product before taking it. If it is damaged or faulty, you can send it back right away. This way you don’t even have to wait for a refund from the seller’s side.

 

The don’ts:

Don’t fall for scams: The internet is full of online scams. False advertising is rampant, and falling prey to such scams can lead to economic disasters for you. Learn how to identify the original content you find on the internet from a fake material. If an offer seems too reasonable to be true, then it might be a scam.

 

Do not give away card details: Never reveal your credit or debit card details to anyone while shopping online. If you get a call regarding your card details from any shopping website, do not say anything. People can misuse this information in a lot of ways.

 

Don’t buy from unverified websites: Be careful and only buy your products from government approved and verified websites. All secure sites have the green colored ‘https://’ at the beginning of their domain. Make sure you keep an eye open for it. Buying from unverified websites will only case you unwanted trouble and loss of money.

 

How can you benefit

This article will help the reader understand how to evaluate and eliminate the threats that come along with online shopping. It takes a look at the do’s, and the don’ts of online shopping and benefits the reader by giving them a better idea about how to go around their online purchases from e-commerce websites.

About Ameya Padhye

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