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  • CNET --> We provide you with information, tools, and advice that help you decide what to buy and how to get the most out of your tech. Decide.com --> guides you as to what to buy and when to buy upgrade to know best time to buy, new models timeline, eOpinions --> reviews by consumers like you.... print periodicals via internet
  • Privacy Security
  • Alternative payment methods: expanded buyer-protection program --> entire price is eligible for a refund act as a middleman and hold your personal info so that you don't have to give it to unfamiliar sellers option to pay without piling more debt on your credit cards Use a credit card or a prepaid credit card ( NOT a debit card) If you have a problem with the purchase or your debit card number is stolen, it's a huge hassle to get the money restored to your account and make your card number safe and secure again. Print off or save a copy of your order to your computer Do NOT send your credit card number via an email!!! Check out the site’s privacy policy (re: sharing info with 3rd party vendors) If on WiFi, ensure you’re using a SECURE wireless spot (not public access) Avoid using public computers (e.g., library computers, cybercafes) unless you know they are “wiped clean” at log out.

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  • Consumer Reviews @ Your FingertipsAnna Van Scoyoc2012 December 12avanscoy@mcl.orgCC Image Fosforix: E-Commerce Visa (Test tamron 17-50 2.8) http://www.flickr.com/photos/fosforix/3007393167/
  • Outline• Smart Shopping (or "BYB") o Product Research  Library Resources  Websites o Retailer Reputation• Comparison Shop o Websites o Online Couponing• If You Buy Online• Q&A
  • Reviews: ProductsCC Image Daniel*1977: Done and not done http://www.flickr.com/photos/didmyself/6530383391/
  • Tools for Locating Product Reviews• Periodicals (via your public librarys website) o Consumer Reports o PC Magazine o etc.• CNET --> http://www.cnet.com/ o offers "expert" AND "regular joe" reviews• Decide --> http://www.decide.com/• Epinions --> http://www.epinions.com/
  • Reviews: RetailersCC Image Daniel*1977: Done and not done http://www.flickr.com/photos/didmyself/6530383391/
  • Tools for Locating Retailer Reputation• Better Business Bureau o http://www.bbb.org/• Use Social Media Products o Business Facebook Page o Search Twitter → https://twitter.com/search-advanced• Within other Consumer Product Sites o Pricegrabber → http://www.pricegrabber.com/ o Amazon.com → http://www.amazon.com/
  • Stretch that DollarCC Image Tax Credits: Money http://www.flickr.com/photos/76657755@N04/7027604401
  • Tools for Comparing Prices• Pricegrabber o http://www.pricegrabber.com/• Amazon.com o http://www.amazon.com/• Google Product Search o http://www.google.com/shopping• Product Review Tools o CNET, Decide, etc. (discussed on slide #4)
  • Online Couponing (aka Discount Codes)• Retail Me Not o http://www.retailmenot.com/• My Coupons o http://www.mycoupons.com/• Coupon Mountain o http://www.couponmountain.com/• Free Shipping o http://www.freeshipping.org/
  • If You Shop Online...CC Image I amI.A.M.: Caution: Dancers Shopping http://www.flickr.com/photos/ianalexandermartin/3415682406/
  • Tools to Protect Yourself• Security o Icons as indicators o URL -- https://www.vendor.com/• Pay Smart o Use Credit Card or Prepaid Credit Card (Using a Debit Card is a "no-no") o Create an account via an alternative payment method  Google Checkout  PayPal• Privacy Policy → 3rd Party "Opt Out"
  • Q&ACC Image Leo Reynolds: Educational Block ? http://www.flickr.com/photos/lwr/2407881339/
  • Anna Van Scoyocavanscoy@mcl.org609.737.2610http://www.slideshare.net/annavan