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  • The Ins and Outs of Online Shopping

    1. 1. Shopping Online Terry Ratoff Skokie Public Library December 16, 2010
    2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Advantages of shopping online </li></ul><ul><li>Shop smart, shop safe </li></ul><ul><li>Sites for safe shopping information </li></ul><ul><li>Product reviews and price comparisons </li></ul><ul><li>Great shopping sites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Save money – find coupons and discounts </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>A Few Reasons to Shop Online </li></ul>
    4. 4. Reasons to shop online <ul><li>It’s fun! </li></ul><ul><li>It’s convenient – save time! </li></ul><ul><li>Save money! </li></ul><ul><li>It’s green – save gas! </li></ul><ul><li>Can buy new, used or hard to find items </li></ul><ul><li>Can get professional reviews and other shoppers’ opinions before you buy! </li></ul><ul><li>It’s easy to comparison shop! </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>A Few Reasons Not to Shop Online </li></ul>
    6. 6. Shopping online is fun! <ul><li>But take a few precautions! </li></ul>
    7. 7. Shop on Secure Websites <ul><li>To make sure a site is secure when you checkout, look for http s :// in the web address. </li></ul><ul><li>Read the site’s security policy. </li></ul><ul><li>Look for a symbol of security on the website such as a Better Business Bureau logo or one of these symbols before checkout: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A picture of a closed lock: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>VeriSign </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Better Business Bureau </li></ul></ul></ul>
    8. 9. <ul><li>Never send your credit card number in an Email. Email is not secure. </li></ul><ul><li>Use a credit card or a prepaid credit card. Don’t use a debit card. </li></ul><ul><li>Sign up for an account that processes online payments, such as Paypal, Google Checkout (new!), or Bill Me Later. </li></ul><ul><li>Print a copy of your receipt for your records. </li></ul>Payment Precautions
    9. 10. Google Checkout: Payment Option
    10. 12. Privacy Precautions <ul><li>Protect yourself from Privacy Scams </li></ul><ul><ul><li> explains how Web sites share information and how recipients of information safeguard it. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Beware any add-ons following a legitimate purchase, even on a reputable Web site. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Read a website’s privacy policy to see how it shares information with other sites. </li></ul></ul>
    11. 13. <ul><li>FTC Consumer Advice </li></ul><ul><li> - An informational site created by the American Bar Association </li></ul><ul><li>Better Business Bureau online tips. </li></ul><ul><li>Follow your instincts! If the site looks amateurish, has spelling and grammatical errors, be suspicious. </li></ul>Online Shopping Security: Learn More
    12. 14. Where to Shop?
    13. 15. Brick & Mortar Stores Online
    14. 16. <ul><li>Don’t forget local retailers! </li></ul>
    15. 17. Online Retailers <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Etsy </li></ul><ul><li>Red Envelope </li></ul><ul><li>Overstock </li></ul><ul><li>Bluefly </li></ul><ul><li>Bluenile </li></ul><ul><li>eBay </li></ul><ul><li>Threadless </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Peapod </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    16. 18. What are other people saying about this site or this product? <ul><li>Epinions </li></ul><ul><li>Consumer Reports </li></ul><ul><li>Better Business Bureau </li></ul><ul><li>Amazon. Com </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Consumer Search </li></ul>
    17. 19.
    18. 20. Consumer Reports
    19. 21. ShopSmart: from Consumer Reports
    20. 22. CNET Product Reviews
    21. 23. CNET Digital Cameras
    22. 24. CNET Digital Camera Reviews
    23. 25. CNET Canon Digital Camera Detail
    24. 26. Price Comparisons <ul><li>Consumer Reports </li></ul><ul><li>Google </li></ul><ul><li>Shopzilla </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Yahoo shopping </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>MySimon </li></ul>
    25. 27. Pricegrabber
    26. 28. Pricegrabber
    27. 29. Google Product Search
    28. 30. Google Product Search
    29. 31. Ways to stretch your dollar <ul><li>Find coupons and discount codes online: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Retail Me Not </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MyCoupons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CouponMountain </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Save on Shipping </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
    30. 32. Retail Me Not
    31. 33.
    32. 34.
    33. 35. <ul><li>Happy Shopping! </li></ul>