It is true that we are moving into a new period of online shopping and eCommerce that has never been seen before in the history of the world. Especially with everything that happened during 2020 with COVID and all that, more people relied on the internet and technology than ever before. Nowadays, shopping online is becoming the new normal thing to do. People often enjoy shopping online for a variety of different reasons, and you can find just about anything you want to buy on the internet now. In fact, prices on the internet are often cheaper than in-store purchases if you don’t mind paying for shipping and handling as well as waiting for the products to arrive at your door. Since online shopping is becoming so popular and widespread across our market and our economy, I wanted to throw together a brief article about shopping online. I came up with some tips and tricks that you can use online to save money, save time, and stay safe while cruising the internet and shopping to your heart’s content!
The first tip I have for you is to avoid shipping costs as often as you can. Maybe 10 years ago, shipping costs were just considered part of the consequence and convenience for shopping online or ordering products over the phone. This is 2021 we are talking about now, which means that paying shipping costs should be a thing of the past. That’s why I am advising you to be wary about paying for shipping and handling. Many websites don’t even charge for shipping anymore, especially larger and more popular sites like Amazon. Some websites even have free shipping if you are spending over a certain amount of money (like free shipping on orders of 50 dollars or more). In this case, it may make more sense to spend a little bit more to get free shipping, depending on how expensive the shipping is and how far away you are from being able to cover the cost of shipping. Let’s face it, there’s nothing worse than mentally preparing to pay a price for a certain item online, only to see the final shipping cost slap you in the face. Hopefully after reading this you will be more careful to avoid these fees!
Another tip I have for you is to always have shipping supplies on hand if you are someone who frequently orders products online. Especially if you are buying products that you are not always certain about, like clothing or electronics, it is helpful to have shipping supplies on hand that allows you to return products without too much hassle. No one likes going to the post office if they don’t have to, so save some time and order these things ahead of time over the internet. Hopefully this can save you some time and frustration the next time you receive a product in the mail that you intend to send back. I know that this little tip has saved me a lot of time and mental energy over the years, and I think it will do the same for you.
The next tip I have for you is to never click on links that you do not recognize, and definitely be careful when entering credit card information into your computer. Don’t risk your financial information being leaked!