Sep 19, 2015 10:10 AM EDT

Beware Of The Dangers Of Online Shopping

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Online shopping gives people a chance to save more time in buying and selling. According to Ebay, with only a couple of clicks of the mouse, you can instantly purchase your orders. It also saves you from expenses as you don't need to leave your house just to buy what you want or sell what you have. But no matter how beneficial it is to every person using it, there are still dangers we have to be aware of.

Fake Reviews

According to Forbes, some authors or sellers even confessed posting fake reviews to gather trust from people. They sometimes offer payments or discounts to their customers who will give a five star review to whatever they are selling. So be skeptical of the reviews that lack complete detail and is questionable for being too positive. It is also good to read reviews on multiple platforms.

Orders that Never Arrive

Products sold and bought through the web are delivered to customers through a carrier. But there are instances that some of them did not receive what they bought online. This kind of situation arises when third party sellers are involved or if the seller is a scammer. So make sure not to transact to people who you think are not worth your trust.

Hidden Charges

Additional fees like shipping costs are usually hidden until the checkout process. So actual costs are higher than the price you thought you will pay. So ask for the total cost first before purchasing anything you want online.


Once you've shared your credit card information or other related details online, there is always a possibility that your information will not be secured. That's why, after the transaction, it is a must to check your credit card statement to see if the purchases are as you expect them to be. Also protect your computer with up-to-date security software for safer online activity.

Being smart is the key to a fun and convenient way to shop online. Also don't forget to always take precautions in every transaction to make it easier and more enjoyable.

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