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How to shop safely online this Black Friday

Discussion in 'Logistics - Payment & Shipping' started by Cody, Nov 3, 2016.

  1. Cody


    Feb 17, 2016
    With some great deals to be popping up in the next few weeks we’re expected to see millions of shoppers take to purchasing goods online. And if it’s anything compared to 2015 we’re going to see many websites crash.

    On top of this we’re expecting to see a lot of victims fall to online scams this Black Friday and Christmas as well with some very tempting offers.

    Obviously no one wants to fall victim to scammers so that's why we're here to help you out. Here is a short list of how to protect yourself against online scammers and how to shop safely online.

    1) Purchase from wholesalers, traders & companies that you trust. (Still perform due diligence by researching any unknown companies and seeking for online reviews). Rely on those reviews.

    2) Verify the name, address of the company and a landline number to contact them on if there are any issues.

    3) If purchasing from a UK or EU trader you will have a 14-day returns and cancel policy. Some may be longer. Make sure you check their terms and conditions to know how you are covered.

    4) If any products you purchase are faulty, destroyed or not as described then this can be returned for free, and should not be charged for. However if you return the goods because of other reasons you may be charged for this. Some have return fees. Buyers at times handle the shipping fee; check the site's FAQ to make sure.

    5) PayPal is your friend here. Transferring money to a lesser-known trader or company isn’t always a good option. Make sure to use a safe form of payment that offers protection, such as PayPal.

    6) Many websites are not trusted and not secure. Make sure that a padlock sign is in the address bar.

    7) If you are suspicious about a particular product you have seen online, you can ask for certificates to confirm they are genuine. Otherwise rely on that gut feeling and walk away.

    8) If you’re purchasing from a private seller you may have less rights as opposed to a trader.

    9) If the wholesaler / supplier is within your area, do not be afraid to visit. You'll get a first-hand feel of whether the supplier is trustworthy and get to see if the products are of high quality and / or genuine.

    10) Not all good sales are from wholesalers during this season. Check out flea markets, Trade Shows, and B&Ms that offer massive sales. You might be surprised seeing items sold at really huge discounts.
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