Online stores, including those hosted on bloggers and LiveJournal, popping up like flowers after spring rain, thanks to the availability of widespread internet. Off-line shops also found it de rigeur to have an online presence. While the internet is open to buy a variety of beautiful choices and styles at our fingertips, there are also cases where buyers are cheated by the scam website.
Here are 10 tips to help you build the reliability of online stores that you don’t know:
# 1. Don’t want to buy from an online store if you are not sure if it’s safe. Observe its online activities for a while. Does the store update new items regularly? For fast-paced consumer goods such as women’s fashion, renewal is usually made every week, if not every day. If the store does not have updates for months, maybe, maybe no one is on guard.
# 2. Register to be on the store mailing list. A legitimate store wants to gather potential customers to be on their mailing list. After registering for a store mailing list, you must receive updates from the store. If all looks calm, then I might have a question mark in the store.
# 3. A good way to check whether this shop is ‘legitimate’ is sending an email to customer service to test their response. Do you receive a reply from the store? Is the reply prompt or what is needed, let’s say 2 weeks to get to you? A quick response between 1 and 3 days (maximum) is usually the expected response time.
# 4. Another good way to reduce the risk of shopping online clothing is to buy from a store with positive feedback. Testimonials are a way to find out whether customers are generally happy with their purchases. Usually the store will publish online testimonials.
# 5. Google the store name and see if the store is discussed based on forums and websites / blogs. Such discussions might help in finding out if there are complaints and problems that might have.
# 6. Check review and store rating. Some online stores are reviewed by online shopping directories, which will likely appear when you google for the store (see tip # 5). Follow the online directory link registered shop to see if there are reviews made.
# 7. Look at the shop merchandise. Is there enough details provided to help you make information choices? Serious stores must provide information needed to help their customers choose their merchandise. For example, whether the fashion store provides specific measurements of the clothes made? Is there an effort taken to ensure that the shopper knows what he gets?
# 8. Read payment details. What kind of payment method is available? Does the store accept paypal or even better, do they verify PayPal? PayPal verified means PayPal has done a verification process on the reliability of the PayPal account you pay. If you are unsure about the store, avoid paying through direct wire transfers. Paying through a safe manner like PayPal allows you the opportunity to refute the accusation if there is a problem with your purchase.
# 9. Is the Venture store outside Shopfront online to social networking sites like Facebook? Social networking sites are another way of gathering customers, so that legitimate stores want to be part of it. With many ‘friends’ shops out there, it is difficult for online stores to be a doubtful standard.
# 10. Last, but not a little, check whether the store is registered in any local authority. For example, in Singapore, shops must be registered with the Authority of Accounting and Corporate Regulations (ACRA) and as consumers, you can request shop details from Acra.
Armed with these tips, it should not be difficult to choose a store that can be purchased to buy. Alert just up, and you will enjoy a safe online shopping experience