What’s the Deal with Deal Sites?

The internet has always served as a global market place for merchants and consumers to come together.  Full of specials and limited deals, full of convenience and hard-to-find items, the internet has opened up the world for shopping and we’ve come to love it. More people are shopping online than ever before and the numbers are growing every day. And why wouldn’t they? Shopping online is everything that shopping in real life wants to be – it’s addictive, effective, dynamic and convenient. People that patronize e-commerce websites feel safe and secure and they love the ability to condense what would usually take days of driving and browsing, into mere hours of clicking and perusing. Internet shopping is here to stay, but how will it grow?

Like everything in existence, for e-commerce to survive there must be growth and there must be competition.  As far as online rivalry is concerned, the big and small stores have this covered. With so many stores selling the exact same things there is a desperate desire to set themselves apart. They want to build stronger customer bases and retaining customers is more difficult than ever when everyone seems to be a copy of everyone else. This leaves the consumer caught in the cross hairs – struggling to save, struggling to be loyal but just wanting value for money, high service and the sense that their business means something to the merchants.

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Ways to Protect Yourself When Shopping Online

I shop online from time to time.  I frequent e-commerce sites like Amazon, eBay and a handful of online stores.  And because I am well aware of the existence of online scammers, phishing sites, and fraudulent sites, I try to be extra careful when paying for goods and services online.

When online shopping, it always to be cautious in order to protect your identity and finances.  I admit I am not a pro when it comes to internet security but I have proven these simple ways to be helpful.

1.  When purchasing online, always look for a secure checkout.  I always use PayPal when making online purchases.  I have found PayPal to be more secure because  you don’t have to share your credit card information to merchants.  You can always request for a refund when a seller doesn’t deliver goods and services as agreed upon.

2.  Never respond to unsolicited emails, especially with links embedded in it.  Even if the emails come from your friends, you can never be too sure.  I know a could of people whose email accounts were hacked so be careful.

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