It was during COVID-19 that it became a necessity to shop online for almost everyone living in cities. People from all age groups and demographies started adopting the new normal and started adopting the digital world. Several enterprises saw the gap in demand and supply and started revamping their business strategies.
But with all this boon of eCommerce market, also came along online frauds and other cyber-crimes. According to a report of National Consumer Helpline, the number of online frauds has risen nearly to six times. In our last blog we have written about Smart Ways to Save Money, and this time we want to apprise you with the following useful tips for safe online shopping:
1. Are you on a Secure Web?
Okay, first thing first, always check the top left corner of the website you are on and then see if the URL of the website starts with “https” and not “http”, ones without ‘s’ are insecure. So, only two things to see here:
a. Small Lock Icon
2. Refund & Return Policy
We all love online shopping that we often end up binge buying. In the moment you end up ordering something that few days later you realize if of no use to you. In such an event you must have an option to return the item. We strongly recommend you to read the refund and return policies whenever you make a purchase. Do not just assume the return policy, do read it properly.
3. Fraud by Sellers
How many times have you received a text or email with some awesome offers? Beware of these sellers. For instance, if you are being offered a luxury watch for throwaway prices, don’t just click on buy now. Instead, check out product reviews, website reviews, and of course, return and refund policy. The same could apply to each and every product you see is available at throwaway prices.
4. Is your shopping Goal-Oriented?
In this age of zillions of products and services out there, don’t be lured in to purchase everything. Do not fall in that trap of Blingy Advertisers. Instead, make a short list of your goals and try to think of which goal are you achieving with your spending. At the end of all, it’s your hard-earned money.
Here’s a short poem for you:
Hey, You! Hey, You!
Stipend, Salary or Pocket Money,
It’s all hard-earned, Don’t be funny,
Secure your data, beware of online frauds,
Goal-oriented Spending, whispered the Gods,
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Your poor spending habits will say bye-bye!
We are certain that these tips shall help you become a smart shopper and you shall be safe while you shop online. Our only target is to make sure that you spend your hard-earned money for your goals and make the most out of your money. Become a smart spender, pal. Do check out our earlier blog 5 ways you waste money, it will certainly help you become more aware.