Nowadays, online shopping has become the norm. This also means that a lot of people that I know has at one point or another, gotten scammed via online shopping.
Since I have been doing online shopping for some time now, I've learned a few tips and tricks to make sure that I never, ever get bamboozled again.
Tip # 1
READ the description.
A lot of us tend to just read the caption and then order. Reading the description can save you a lot of hassle. Sometimes, the captions are simply clickbait but in the description, most sellers will actually explain what you will get.
Tip # 2
DO NOT believe the PHOTOS alone.
Sometimes, the photos can be misleading. Sadly, there are times it's pure lie. Make sure that you check thoroughly before committing to buying especially when it's a bit ticket item.
Tip # 3
READ the REVIEWS
I never buy something that has no reviews or has less than 5 and then it's just stars and has no actual text on it. I make sure that there are different people who have left reviews. I also make sure that I leave feedback so that others will know what they are getting.
Tip # 4
CHAT with the Seller
Most sellers are actually nice and would love to show you photos of what they are sending or if you have a certain request, as long as it within reasonable measures.
Tip # 5
Compare, compare, compare.
Just like in a physical store, you can compare to see which one is giving you the best bang for buck. However, note that the cheapest is not always the best option. Make sure to read #1 - #4.
PS. You can also use image search when looking for something. Take a photo or screenshot of the item that you are looking for and on the search box, there's a camera icon. Use that and scan the image of the thing you are looking for.
Do you have online shopping tips? Please share.