I know the concept of online shopping sounds a bit snobbish and “boujie” so many people in Uganda intentionally tend not to relate to it. It’s perceived as expensive & quite unnecessary. However with the few tips below on how to go about it, you could find the experience quite fulfilling. The tips could also boost your confidence on how to shop online. After all, they say learning never stops.
● Use credible/familiar/trusted websites. The ratings on a website can help you tell just how much you can trust it. A trusted website is one which has;-
-a good refund policy, for instance in case something goes wrong like item arrives when damaged, you are sure your money will be refunded with relative ease.
-It should have no unsolicited emails or pop up ads. These can be very inconveniencing while shopping.
-Ensure the reviews from other shoppers are pleasant. It’s important to check out other people’s comments about the items you are interested in before making your purchase.
– Prices shouldn’t also be unbelievably low. These are likely to be scams. Much as it’s important to scout the lowest prices possible, prices should be realistic. For instance you could come across an iPhone 6S plus being sold at $100. Surely that should immediately raise a red flag in your mind. Well unless the item is still undergoing bidding.
-One should also look out for a privacy statement on the website( how they protect your private information such as credit card details & address). So from my personal experience i recommend Amazon, eBay, H&M, Walmart, Jet to mention but a few.
● Use a credit card with online fraud protection.
This means that the website will be able to refund you in case your card is defrauded. So make effort to contact the bank or your credit card provider to ensure that your card has those provisions. Some banks offer singles use credit card numbers. These can be used for only one purchase so that, even if your information is compromised, it can’t be used again. This is the safest method to use.
● Record purchase details.
On making a purchase, make sure you record the details such as the time, date, receipt number, and order confirmation. If you cannot print it out, take a screenshot as proof of purchase. This will help you follow up with the purchase in case of anything.
● Don’t tell All.
An online purchase should only require credit card information, address, and phone number. If the website is also asking for more unnecessary details for example your social security number, you should be suspicious. This information can be used to steal your identity and should be unnecessary for an online purchase.
● Check Out Online Reviews.
Looking over reviews from well known third party review sites can give you a good indication of the type of experience you will receive if you order from them. The overall score is important, but also look at specific reviews, both good and bad. A good company can still get some negative reviews – mistakes happen – but if you see a large number of negative reviews that use words like scam or ripoff you should exercise caution. When reading negative reviews, look to see if the company has gotten in touch to rectify or explain the problem. If something does go wrong with your order, you’ll want to know they will clear up the issue quickly.
● Don’t ever use public computers to make online purchases.
Avoid using public computers — those found in local libraries, internet cafes and shopping malls — to shop online or to access bank details. This is because they expose you to risks of fraud as you may forget your private information logged into this website hence making you vulnerable to fraud.
● Don’t save your logins.
It might seem like information you don’t need to know, but you’d be surprised how many people do it.
It’s so much easier just logging in to an app with a push of a button than having to go through the process of logging in to your email, online shopping sites or even banking apps and trying to remember passwords. But you’re providing easy access if your mobile device falls into the wrong hands.
Well, with that brief information put together, am certain you will have a pleasant online shopping experience.
Also, allow me give a shout out to my new online business pages for follows..