In today’s world, where everything is available at our fingertips, shopping has become more convenient than ever. With just a few clicks, we can buy anything we want, from the comfort of our own homes. However, as online shopping has become more popular, so have scams and fraudulent activities. In this article, we will discuss how to buy legit stuff online and avoid getting scammed.
The rise of online shopping has made it easier for consumers to buy products without leaving their homes. However, with the increasing number of online scams, consumers must be careful when buying products online. In this article, we will provide tips and tricks to help you purchase legit products online.
Research the Seller
Before making any purchase online, it is important to research the seller. Check the seller’s website or social media pages for customer reviews and feedback. If the seller does not have any customer reviews or feedback, it is best to avoid them. It is also a good idea to check if the seller is registered with any trusted online marketplaces, such as Amazon or eBay.
Check the Product Description
Make sure to read the product description thoroughly before making a purchase. Look for any discrepancies or inconsistencies in the description, such as misspellings or unclear product details. If the product description is unclear or incomplete, it is best to contact the seller for more information before making a purchase.
Compare prices of the product you want to buy across different websites before making a purchase. If the price is significantly lower than the average price of the product, it may be a sign of a scam. It is also a good idea to check the shipping and handling fees before making a purchase.
Understand when something is too cheap
A plastic salad spinner can be purchased online for less than $5. While it may be perfectly adequate for drying lettuce for years to come, if it is significantly less expensive than brand-name spinners, it is most likely to fall apart real soon. This is more important for some products than others.
Don’t dismiss red flags
Take note of anything out of the ordinary once you’ve begun a conversation with a seller or buyer. Also, be wary of anyone who requests payment (or payment from you) in an unusual or complicated manner, such as with gift cards or money orders.
Request product photographs
In addition, request that the seller involve a part of the photo that proves it was taken at the time, such as a sticker with your name or even the date next to the item you want to purchase. Take your business elsewhere if they are unwilling or unable to comply with your request. Its recommended that you are always asking for serial numbers, certificates of authenticity, and also photos of labels and stitching when you are purchasing a more expensive vintage, antique, or luxury item to make sure that getting the legit deal.
Conduct a traditional web search
Enter the brand’s name into a search engine to see if any sites come up that flag it as a scam. Then enter the company name into the Better Business Bureau, Trustpilot, or even Reddit. If there are no results anywhere, it could be a sign that the site is not safe to buy from. Look for other buyers who are sharing their own experiences on blogs or social media.
Check your statements on a regular basis
Don’t wait until the end of the month to pay your bill. View electronic statements for your debit card, credit card, and also check accounts on a regular basis, especially during the holiday season.
You should definitely only make online purchases with a credit card. Scammers have direct access to your bank funds if your debit card is compromised. Any seller who requests a different type of payment, such as wired funds, is a major red flag. The Fair Credit Billing Act(Opens in a new window) ensures that if you are scammed, you are only liable for up to $50 in unauthorised credit card charges. Even if you are dissatisfied with a purchase you made, you have rights.
Always send or receive payments as a buyer via the website or app
Many resale websites have security measures in place to protect their users, but only if payments are made through their websites.
You’ll want to look for sites that offer a full refund if the item does not arrive, is not as described, or arrives damaged.
Secure Your Wi-Fi
If you’re using a public hotspot to shop, stick to famous networks, even if they’re available for free, such as those found at Starbucks or Barnes & Noble. To be safe, you should use a virtual private network (VPN) in addition to any of the providers listed in our roundup of the Fastest Free Nationwide Wi-Fi.