Cyber Monday Tips You Can Use

Posted at 10:51 PM, Dec 01, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-01 23:52:57-05

WEST MICHIGAN — Some shoppers opt to forgo Black Friday shopping and do Cyber Monday online shopping instead. Others prefer to avoid online shopping altogether.

Whatever you choose to do this week, make sure you’re informed.

Here are several things to keep in mind before clicking the “buy” button for a bargain. The holidays are big business for retailers and for thieves.

READ THE FINE PRINT – It’s important to read the terms of service so that you don’t get hit with extra fees or charged for subscriptions you signed up for inadvertently.

BE VERY CAREFUL OF PUBLIC WIFI – Make sure the internet connection is secure. You want to avoid getting hacked which can lead to identity theft.

USE APPS – It is a quick way to find sales and promotion codes for your favorites stores. One app called Slice will let you know when prices drop by sending you an alert. You can also track shipping with this app.

KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR FREE SHIPPING – This goes without saying. If you’ve got a great deal, you don’t want shipping fees to make the purchase equivalent to buying it in the store. has free shipping codes.

TRY BEFORE YOU BUY – Inspect the item you want to buy (in the store) before you buy it online. It may help you avoid buyer’s remorse.

After you make an online transaction, check and double check your billing statements to make sure you were charged the correct amount.

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