PetScoop -- Tips for Safe Online Shopping
The Monday after Thanksgiving, also known as Cyber Monday, has replaced Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) as the most popular holiday shopping day of the year, according to the National Retail Federation.
More and more of us are doing our shopping online -- last year, 96.5 million Americans shopped online during Cyber Monday; 79 million Americans actually shopped at the stores on Black Friday.
From this MainStreet article The Black Friday Myth, we learn this fun fact:
"About 95% of all the deals you find in stores are being offered online," Wilson says, citing that Best Buy, for example, has already said that it will honor all of its stores' Black Friday prices on its website. Last year, Bath and Body Works, New York and Co. and Leapfrog.com actually offered their deepest discounts online.
Shopping at home is convenient and less hassle, but, as the Better Business Bureau (BBB) cautions, online shoppers must be smart shoppers, too. Wallet Pop lists the BBB's suggestions in Top 10 Cyber Monday Tips for Safe Online Shopping:
1. Protect your computer
2. Shop on trustworthy websites
3. Protect your personal information
4. Beware of deals that sound too good to be true
5. Beware of "phishing"
6. Confirm your online purchase is secure
7. Pay with a credit card
8. Keep documentation of your order
9. Check your credit card statements often
10. Know your rights
Read their article for a detailed explanation of the tips.
For holiday gift ideas, browse our Super Cool Pets 2010 Holiday Gift Guide!
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Posted by Molly & Jessie at November 24, 2010 7:25 AM