Shopping on the Internet

With the increased use of the Internet, shopping is becoming a truly global experience, with more and more consumers turning to their computers to buy things like software, CDs and books. Like mail order, people appreciate the convenience of not having to walk around the shops, and can browse among a huge choice of goods in their own time.

The Internet is an exciting tool that not only puts vast information at your fingertips but expands your shopping options like never before. Now, with only a few clicks of a mouse, you can go online to buy just about anything you need or want – from airline tickets to rare antiques.

Why Shop Online ? Goods bought online are frequently cheaper, even when allowing for delivery charges and VAT. This is particularly true of goods bought direct from the US, the savings can be up to 50%. No sitting in traffic using your fuel, paying for parking or struggling on public transport. Instant service without having to stand in shop queues. If a site uses all the security measures detailed above you should be able to shop in confidence. In fact it is safer to use secure online shopping than give your credit card details over the telephone or send them by fax, simply because secure online shopping is the only method that actually encrypts your details before they are sent.

Shopping on the Internet is no less safe than shopping in a store or by mail. To help ensure that your online shopping experience is a safe one:
Know who you’re dealing with. Confirm the online seller’s physical address and phone number in case you have questions or problems. Know exactly what you’re buying. Read the seller’s description of the product closely, especially the fine print. Know what it will cost. Factor shipping and handling — along with your needs and budget — into the total cost of the order. Pay by credit or charge card, for maximum consumer protections. Check out the terms of the deal, like refund policies and delivery dates. Print and save records of your online transactions.

In conclusion, shopping online offers lots of benefits that you won’t find shopping in a store or by mail. The Internet is always open — seven days a week, 24 hours a day — and bargains can be numerous online. With a click of a mouse, you can buy an airline ticket, book a hotel, send flowers to a friend, or purchase your favorite fashions. But sizing up your finds on the Internet is a little different from checking out items at the mall.

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