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How to choose an online shopping store

When it comes to web shopping in the 21st century, you will find that you are faced with an abundance of choice. From home shopping sites such as those provided by John Lewis stores to independent and auction sites such as eBay, most products can now be easily found online. In this article, find more on how to choose an online shopping store.

What to look for in your chosen store

When you compare your UK online stores, you need to think about what you want to look for. If you are searching for groceries, then there is no point looking towards Asos.com, a website famed for fashionable clothing. Once you know the type of online shop that you want to look for, you may also want to narrow it down according to your demographic. For example, if you are male and fashionable, there is no point in looking at Mothercare.co.uk for clothes. An appropriate site for gifts however, would be the online John Lewis department store or other UK department stores such as Debenhams. Make it easy with price comparison websites If you are searching for a particular product you can use price comparison websites such as Pricerunner.co.uk and Kelkoo.co.uk. These sites will allow you to find secure shopping sites and compare prices.

Where do I get the real bargains online?

Online auctions If you want to grab some real bargains, look to internet stores that sell second-hand products and at auctions. For example, Ebay.co.uk and Amazon.co.uk offer second-hand items at great prices. Make the most of these websites by browsing different sellers and comparing their prices. Supermarkets online If you want to grab a bargain but you are not keen on buying second-hand items, make the most of a supermarket in the UK that is featured online. Tesco.co.uk and Asda.co.uk offer wide clothing ranges as well as branded products for a fraction of the price of their competitors.

How do I stay safe whilst shopping online?

When it comes to choosing an online shopping store, you do want to make sure that you stay safe and don't hand your cash over to fraudsters. Use stores you are familiar with Use shops that you will access to on the High-Street or have heard of via TV, the radio, magazines or friends. Such stores are more likely to be safe. Check the payment processor of independent stores Independent stores are okay to use provided they use a safe payment processor such as Paypal, Nochex, Google Shopping or RBS worldpay. Keep your virus protection running Keep your virus protection updated and running. This will prevent people from accessing your debit or credit card details as you enter them.

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