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The Ins and Outs of Online Shopping The Ins and Outs of Online Shopping Presentation Transcript

  • Shopping Online Terry Ratoff Skokie Public Library December 16, 2010
  • Overview
    • Advantages of shopping online
    • Shop smart, shop safe
    • Sites for safe shopping information
    • Product reviews and price comparisons
    • Great shopping sites
      • Save money – find coupons and discounts
    • A Few Reasons to Shop Online
  • Reasons to shop online
    • It’s fun!
    • It’s convenient – save time!
    • Save money!
    • It’s green – save gas!
    • Can buy new, used or hard to find items
    • Can get professional reviews and other shoppers’ opinions before you buy!
    • It’s easy to comparison shop!
    • A Few Reasons Not to Shop Online
  • Shopping online is fun!
    • But take a few precautions!
  • Shop on Secure Websites
    • To make sure a site is secure when you checkout, look for http s :// in the web address.
    • Read the site’s security policy.
    • Look for a symbol of security on the website such as a Better Business Bureau logo or one of these symbols before checkout:
        • A picture of a closed lock:
        • VeriSign
        • Better Business Bureau
  •  
    • Never send your credit card number in an Email. Email is not secure.
    • Use a credit card or a prepaid credit card. Don’t use a debit card.
    • Sign up for an account that processes online payments, such as Paypal, Google Checkout (new!), or Bill Me Later.
    • Print a copy of your receipt for your records.
    Payment Precautions
  • Google Checkout: Payment Option
  •  
  • Privacy Precautions
    • Protect yourself from Privacy Scams
      • PrivacyChoice.org explains how Web sites share information and how recipients of information safeguard it.
      • Beware any add-ons following a legitimate purchase, even on a reputable Web site.
      • Read a website’s privacy policy to see how it shares information with other sites.
    • FTC Consumer Advice
    • SafeShopping.org - An informational site created by the American Bar Association
    • Better Business Bureau online tips.
    • Follow your instincts! If the site looks amateurish, has spelling and grammatical errors, be suspicious.
    Online Shopping Security: Learn More
  • Where to Shop?
  • Brick & Mortar Stores Online
    • Don’t forget local retailers!
  • Online Retailers
    • Amazon.com
    • BarnesandNoble.com
    • Zappos.com
    • Beauty.com
    • Etsy
    • Red Envelope
    • Overstock
    • Bluefly
    • Bluenile
    • eBay
    • Threadless
    • Cooking.com
    • Peapod
    • Wine.com
  • What are other people saying about this site or this product?
    • Epinions
    • Consumer Reports
    • Better Business Bureau
    • Amazon. Com
    • Cnet.com
    • Consumer Search
  • Epinions.com
  • Consumer Reports
  • ShopSmart: from Consumer Reports
  • CNET Product Reviews
  • CNET Digital Cameras
  • CNET Digital Camera Reviews
  • CNET Canon Digital Camera Detail
  • Price Comparisons
    • Consumer Reports
    • Google
    • Shopzilla
    • Pricegrabber.com
    • Yahoo shopping
    • Bizrate.com
    • MySimon
  • Pricegrabber
  • Pricegrabber
  • Google Product Search
  • Google Product Search
  • Ways to stretch your dollar
    • Find coupons and discount codes online:
      • Retail Me Not
      • MyCoupons
      • Redplum.com
      • CouponMountain
    • Save on Shipping
      • FreeShipping.org
  • Retail Me Not
  • FreeShipping.org
  • FreeShipping.org
    • Happy Shopping!