Online Shopping Tips for the Holidays

Most people are opting to shop online for their Christmas gifts. It saves most people the hassle of dealing with overcrowded stores and traffic-heavy roads. Most people prefer online shopping because of the vast selection at their fingertips (or mouse click) and its convenience. Here are some tips to consider if you are going to mosey on down through the virtual aisles of online shopping:

  1. Choose Your Websites Carefully – Not all sites are trustworthy. Know the company’s reputation and privacy policies. Make sure the site is secured, check reviews, and use common sense. If you have doubts, shop elsewhere.
  2. Shop Early – Keep in mind that shipping and handling can take up to a few weeks. You also need to keep in mind the bulk mail that’s processed through the post office and other companies during this time of year. You don’t want to put yourself in a precarious position of not having your gifts arrive on time.
  3. Make a List – Being organized never hurt anyone. By making a shopping list, you can make sure that you don’t leave anyone out. It also helps prevent having to make last-minute shopping trips.
  4. Let’s Make a Deal – One of the benefits of shopping online is that you can compare prices and shop around different sites. Some may offer free shipping, a discount of certain products, or lower prices for the same item.
  5. Have a Budget – Don’t get swept away by the easiness of online shopping. Make sure you have a budget, so that you don’t overspend.
  6. Monitor Your Online Activity – Make sure that your credit card spending matches what you actually spent. Identity theft is very common during the holiday season. Watch out for any unauthorized activities on your accounts.

Please keep in mind that if you are doing any kind of online shopping in public areas, including our Public Computer Services areas (RLCC and the Computer Commons), take precautions to protect your information. You can review our previous post “Safety Tips for Using a Public Computer.” Happy Holidays and enjoy your shopping!

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