With the change in technology, Internet has emerged as the new market for both buyers and sellers. Over the years, this has resulted in steady elimination of the middleman, retailers and neighborhood stores. Buyers are no longer required to visit stores physically to make purchases – instead items can be bought online with just the click of a mouse and that too in real time. Product and bulk discounts, festive offers, free product samples, free gifts, and free shipping are some of the incentives that make online purchasing a lucrative deal. Products can be procured at highly competitive rates, especially in auction sites along with free shipping facilities.
Being focused enables a buyer to safeguard themselves. In addition, being alert enables a buyer to react quickly and effectively if the product does not live up to their expectation. Certainly, there are more than seven tips for buying &/or bidding for products from an online auction store such as eBay; but here are the most common pointers –
1) Buy only from securen websites:
How can an individual tell if a site is secure or not? Here is the answer – secure sites use encryption technology to transfer information from the buyer’s computer to the seller’s computer such as a credit or debit card number, CVV code, etc. At the time of making the payment, the web address changes to https://. The ‘s’ signifies that the site is secure for online transactions. For instance, while checking out on eBay, the site address changes from http:// to https:// In addition, a ‘lock’ sign appears in the web browser to signify that the site is indeed secure.
2) Research the service provider before placing an order:
Knowing from where to buy might seem something very common yet it is the most overlooked part. Business should only be done with companies you are aware of. A professional business always has it’s address and contact details available online, along with a customer care or a helpdesk. Auction sites like Amazon and eBay have stringent rules for a seller to get listed on the site. It is also prudent for the buyer to check out the seller’s reviews, past history, along with delivery terms to form an opinion.
3) Restricted Information disclosure:
At the time of making an online purchase, common sense should be used while providing information to the seller; any information which does not …