Online shopping, it’s the new craze as we while away the hours during this crazy era. Our forebears definitely experienced a much simpler life, but one thing we got over them is our capacity to summon merchandise with just a few taps on our screens.
A lot of us have enjoyed the happy hormones brought by online shopping since eBay sold its first hand-me-down sweater back in 1995. But a lot of us are also newly joining this game due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here are a few tips all of us should take note of for a safe and enjoyable shopping experience.
With the popularity of online transactions come the increasing occurrences of hacking and phishing. According to NordPass, “123456” tops the list of common passwords that are fastest to break but still in use even in 2020. If you can, have a different password for each of your accounts. Google recommends creating longer passwords, of at least 12 characters or more.
2.Credit Over Debit
When it comes to online shopping, you truly will be missing out on rewards if you check out each of your carts using debit cards. These debit cards are also linked to your savings accounts and put you at higher risk of damage when exposed to hackers. These days, a lot of banks will gladly pay you in various freebies just to use their credit cards and a lot of these cards now even come with a lock feature. If you haven’t, you should really try it and see for yourself.
Cashback is like a further discount on your purchases for those who don’t mind delayed gratification. When you think about it, you are actually paying more for stuff if you don’t actively seek cashback options since these tie-ups are worked into a product’s pricing. The small returns and the long wait might put some people off at first. But since we need to shop for essentials anyway, it’s basically free money!
4.Canvass For Coupons
Discount code searches are like Easter egg hunts for adults on the internet. You might be able to plainly see a Saks Fifth Avenue coupon code advertised on their homepage but what you can’t see are the bigger value discount codes that other people are able to enter right under your nose! Make it a habit to peruse message boards and social media pages for secret coupons you can apply. The fun is in the finds!
The trick is in recognizing the more truthful from the fake. When you can get it, it is still best to get word-of-mouth recommendations from actual people you know. More often than not, however, we have to rely on the testimony of strangers, so just as a general rule, it is better to trust feedback when the reviewer has actually used the product. Take unboxing video reviews with a grain of salt since a lot of these are paid advertisements. But definitely read the comment sections for golden nuggets of user feedback that you won’t find anywhere else.