Here are some valuable tips for shopping online:
Buy from online companies that you know and would shop with off-line. If you want to try new merchants, ask them to mail you a catalog or brochure to get a better sense of their merchandise and services.
Always find out a company's return policies before you place an order.
Pay attention when your filling out the order form on your screen. You don't want to order 100 hats instead of 1, or a size 16 when you want a 6.
Always check what the shipping charge will be and that all of your charges are calculated correctly. You usually have different shipping options, and if you're not in a hurry to receive the item, it pays to have your purchase sent for the lowest cost.
If a company does not state how long it will take for you to receive your merchandise, you can expect to receive it within 30 days. Otherwise, they must notify you so that you can determine whether you still want the items.
And lastly, always remember to print out a copy of your order and confirmation number for your records.