If you are new to shopping online or using online coupons, you may have many questions about how things work. This article will answer some of the most frequently asked questions about online shopping.
What is the best way to find online coupons?
There are generally two methods you can use to find online coupons. The first is to go to sites like Coupon Leaf or Coupon Cabin, and browse for coupons or search for a specific coupon using the search box. The second method is to use a search engine such as Google. To find coupons using a search engine, you should type in the vendor or product, followed by the word "coupon." For example, to find coupons for Medifast, you would type in “Medifast coupons” into the search field. Note that while you will get plenty of results using this method, many coupons will be expired, and you will likely have to visit a number of sites before you find a coupon that is currently valid.
Do I need a coupon code to activate a coupon?
While some offers require a coupon code, many do not. If a coupon code is required, you will typically need to type or paste the code into a field when you are checking out. Below is an example of a typical checkout screen that accepts coupon codes:
Do I need a credit card to make purchases online?
In most cases, yes. However, you can also use Visa Prepaid cards or Paypal at many vendors. For more information on using prepaid cards or debit cards, check out our article on online shopping without a credit card.
Do online stores accept returns?
Yes, and you therefore should not hesitate to purchase from online stores, as there no risk to you if you are not satisfied with a product. Many vendors will pay for return shipping should you decide to return an item, but not all of them do this, so it’s best to check the store’s policies.
How risky is shopping on the Internet?
The risk of identity theft or stolen credit card information is extremely low if you shop at well-known websites. This is because top Internet merchants use highly reliable security technology, and all personal information you send to the website is encrypted and unreadable by third parties.
How can I tell if an online store is trustworthy?
There are several things you can do to ensure that you are shopping at a reputable store. First, you can check if the business is accredited by the Better Business Bureau. Merchants sometimes display seals for the BBB or other organizations they belong to. They may also display a seal that indicates that they use safe shopping technology. Below are some examples of seals that are displayed on reputable online stores:
Another thing you can do is find stores through shopping comparison sites such as Bizrate or Google Shopping. These sites allow customers to rate online vendors, and you can simply avoid the stores that have a low rating.