The 10 things you must know before shopping for jewelry online

Posted by naama on September 2, 2012 under Baltinester Jewelry | Be the First to Comment

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Unlike some people I am lucky enough to have a lot of experience with technology and the online world. This is because as far back as I could remember I was always playing with all sorts of technology.

This means that unlike so many, I am not easily fooled by cyber criminals, and I was not only referring to the ones who are committing illegal activities. As there are many companies that try to take advantage of you.

So because many people enjoy the convenience of buying jewelry and many other items or services online, I decided to share my top ten suggestions of how to stay safe online, and also not to get ripped off when shopping online.

  1. Is the computer secure?
    It is amazing how many people fail to check their computer for potential security issues. There are very simple things you can do that will stop you getting your card and other information stolen. Simple things like, never buying an item from a public computer is a good idea. Public computers do not only include those in internet cafes, but also those at the office or located in other terminals.

    Also if you are using your home computer, then I recommend that you make sure you are either wired into the router or that your wireless network is secured with protection before buying. Never buy products over an unprotected network, or one that is not private to you alone or people you trust.

    You also need to make sure that you have a firewall configured and running as well as an up to date antivirus. Never make payments from a computer that has none of the above.

  2. Check out the shop
    Before even buying a product from an online shop, make sure it is a trusted site and company. Doing a quick look to see if this is indeed is a trusted site, will save in the long run.

    Now I am not saying it needs to have won awards or anything like that, but read customer reviews. The chances are you are not their first customer to buy from them.

  3. Check if the shop is really who they say they are
    Once you are happy that you are on a trusted site, it is always worth having a look to see if it is in fact the site of the company. Meaning that there are many copy cat sites out there that are aimed at getting your details, or simply ripe you off from mimicking another real site.

    However there are some signs to spot those types of sites. Firstly how did you come across their site? If from an email or some from of redirect, then checking the links and URL’s within the site are normally the easiest and fasted way to see if it is a real site. Do they look odd, or are there any added letters or words within the links that seems out of place to you?

    Also has the site got some form or protection within the URL when entering the cart to pay? If not then avoid using the site, as any information you may send via that site maybe intercepted and used by others.

    Does the site look and feel right to you, sometimes you can not always rely on this option as there are good fakes out there, however if it looks or feels odd then don’t shop with them.

  4. Look abound
    Looking around when buying an item is not a new thing and one not only meant for the high street. Shopping online should be easier so look around, and spend a little longer to find the best price.

    It is much easier to do these days with many products and services also have comparison sites. Although not for every item, and not all are even honest nor up to date. But looking around before buying from Google’s number one may save you a little money.

  5. If it sounds too good
    This is a very simple one, if it sounds too good to be true then it is often a sign. So you need to be careful when shopping for those too good to be true offers. As although they maybe real offers, not many companies get to be the sizes they are by giving stuff away for free or next to nothing. Even if it is a real promotion, you should ask yourself how good it can be for that price.
  6. Know your rights
    You should always read the small print and FAQ’s page, to see what their policies are. However this is not always going to protect you. This is because if the site or company is located in another country from your own, then is that country laws and consumer rights inline with your country? So in this regard research is better then relying on them to hold true to what they say.
  7. Make sure that you are happy
    Before buying any item including expensive jewelry, it is always worth piece of mind to make sure that you are fully contempt before parting with any money. So write or call the company, try making contact with them. Good companies including online ones will have great customer service. So if they have no number or you can’t get in contact with them or they don’t reply, then those are signs to avoid buying from them.
  8. Don’t give too much information
    Apart from contact and billing information, you should never hand out your passport or national security information, unless it is of a type of product or service that it is the norm. If you are unsure check first, but for most items and services you will never be asked to provide such information.
  9. Keep your documentation
    After buying anything online you should keep that proof until you have received and used the item. As I have personally experienced not receiving an item after paying for it and if I had not kept the proof then they would not have refunded me.
  10. Check statements
    Lastly you should always check your bank statements, just to make sure that you have only been charged for the items you bought.

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