Six Things To Consider When Buying Online
26 March 2021

Six Things To Consider When Buying Online

Six Things To Consider When Buying Online

With the rise of online shopping popularity, it's important to consider some safety and security aspects regardless of the value of the items you are shopping for. You may be shopping for items like cosmetics, clothing, technology or mobility equipment. Below is a list of the things you should keep an eye on.


Know where you buy from

Online shopping is easy and convenient, especially for those who have busy schedules, find it difficult to leave their homes, or simply prefer their own home's privacy. Regardless of how you feel about the current pandemic, you will agree that online shopping has become more popular than ever. Many traditional businesses have introduced a digital shop or offer delivery options that previously were not available. Purchasing items and services only have become a daily way of living. With so many websites and apps to shop from, always be mindful and conduct thorough research on these online selling platforms before purchasing. You don't have to be a technical wiz to do this. This article outlines what you should be exactly paying attention to

Always Check The Reputation of Website/App

On top of knowing the website/app's authenticity, it is also advisable to know their online identity. Do these websites/apps sell high-quality products? If they're selling mobility equipment like travel scooters and electric wheelchairs, are the brands they carry all reputable? Are the claims of fast shipping or Australia wide coverage true? Do they handle their customers well? One way to answer all the questions that are running inside your mind is through reviews. If they have social media pages or business listings on Google or Yelp, explore that section, and you'll uncover research gold!


Secure Payment Options 

When it comes to payment, it has to be safe and secured. Always check if the website or app has the option to pay using reliable financial institutions like MasterCard, Visa, PayPal and Afterpay so you can buy online with confidence and without fear. A website that sells travel scooters and powerchairs like utilises such a payment option. Aside from that, it also has the "Buy Now, Pay Later" option with Humm. 


Shipping Costs and Additional Charges

You may have scored a great deal on a website, but sadly the cost of shipping adds up. Aside from that, some websites/apps have additional charges when you checkout. Always be on the lookout for that!


Delivery Time Guarantee and Area of Coverage

When you buy online, also consider the area of their coverage; otherwise, you'll end up paying more for delivery charges, or you'll have to pick up your item somewhere else. Picking your order in a delivery hub when it's supposed to be a door to door transaction doesn't sound right! Also, please take note of their delivery time guarantee as well. If the website/app promises to deliver within seven to ten days, your orders must be sent out within that period. Having such a claim will help you manage your expectations, especially if you are in business as well. 


Compare Apples to Apples

One of the great features of online shopping is comparing pricing between different online stores easily and conveniently. Make sure you are comparing the same product sold in the same country. It can easily happen to be redirected to a US site from Google and end up purchasing something in US$ and be hit with heavy exchange rates, shipping rates and even import taxes. 


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