What Has Been Your Biggest Online Shopping Mistake? Win a $250 in Merchandise and/or Gift Cards From American Express Membership Rewards
As you all know, online shopping is very much my *thing*, and being savvy is a big part of it — I see it as almost a type of Olympic sport!
American Express contacted me about a fun savvy online shopping series that culminates in a reader giveaway, and I couldn’t resist — especially since the program is intended to educate online shoppers on how they can stay smart online. And, lets face it, in a lot of areas online, many of us are not very smart!
I’ve made my share of mistakes: From ordering wrong sizes to overpaying to buying from sites where items never arrived, I’ve done it all. I’ve ordered K-cups on eBay that have arrived tasting oddly…stale. And clothing that didn’t fit that I realized too late was final sale.
I’ve also bought gifts for people that didn’t arrive on time. There’s so many ways to create drama in what is supposed to be fun and positive!
How can we shop smarter online? Here’s some quick tips:
- Identity theft is always on the rise — When inputting the URL, browse your browser, you want an address that begins “https” instead of “http.”
- Buy from retailers that you trust. The more reputable, the more likely you will have customer service to help you if you have a problem receiving your item, or need to exchange or return it. If you don’t know the retailer, do a Google or Yahoo search, or go to bbbonline.org to get information about the company’s reputation.
- Use a credit card rather than a debit/check card. If your credit card information is stolen, you can complain to the card issuer who will investigate and take the charge off. If your debit card information is stolen, your bank account can be wiped out.
- Do not purchase from a Web site that you found by clicking on a link in an e-mail. The e-mail could be a “phishing” scam involving a shadow site that looks legitimate, but is designed to steal your personal information.
What are some of your biggest online shopping mistakes? Tell me: Someone will win $250 of merchandise or gift cards through American Express Membership Rewards.
The primary goal of this program is to all of us (me included!) about making smart online shopping choices. With the fall fashion season in full swing, maybe we can showcase the RIGHT things to do by using some simple savvy shopping tips consumers can avoid the regrettable purchases. So, share some of your biggest online mistakes!
I’m going to write s second post next week with some “must haves” and also some more shopping tips I’ve learned in my own trials and tribulations — and then I’m going to share some of your shopping mistakes you submitted and how to avoid/correct them. To enter to win (the winner will be provided with a list of merchants and gift card options from Membership Rewards when notified they won) – please make sure you are an email subscriber of my blog (you can do so at right) – then tweet @alywalansky and @americanexpress sharing your biggest shopping mistakes (you can also leave them as comments below!) – and please also make sure you are following me AND retweet this giveaway. Deadline to enter is October 13. Good luck!
Disclaimer: I have been provided with an online shopping credit in exchange for participating in this program, but all opinions expressed are my own.