What is important to know about your favorite E-Commerce shopping websites“The e-commerce industry is a force that no investor can afford to ignore” © Cushla Sherlock, Corporate Communications, Credit-Suisse. One of the most significant trends of the 21st century is characterized with replacement of traditional retailing with online shopping, gaining the central stage. Ensuring the highest level of convenience for customers has become a motto for thousands of companies offering their products and services online. Why? A happy customer means more sales!
Domain name (URL)If you’re wondering whether a particular website is legitimate, however, probably the most important thing is the domain name. Look in the address bar of your browser and see what the URL is. For instance, you have found a great deal on a Zara website. The website was complete with Zara logo, product search, online shopping cart, and more. But a closer look revealed that despite of Zara logo, the URL of the website was not www.zara.com, but rather www.NewPerfectStyle.com. (This website has been shut down and is now facing legal action for selling counterfeit goods, but beware of others like it that still exist today.) It’s not unusual for merchants to offer their products on third-party sites, thus, being familiar with this tip will help you to discover a fraud website.
Source codeWhen you visit a website, right click on the main page and have a look at the source code. Most professional and trustworthy websites are created by web design companies from scratch, therefore, if you see there a sentence that looks like this “Created with HTML Generator Plus”, it might be a sign that something is wrong.
Check the SSL CertificateLook at the URL of the website. If it begins with “https” instead of “http” it means the site is secured using an SSL Certificate (standing for secure). SSL Certificates secure all of your data as it is passed from your browser to the website’s server. To get an SSL Certificate, the company must go through a validation process.
Too steep discounts & couponsLooking for cheap and affordable goods? Be careful when you see ‘too-good-to-be-true’ discounts. The unrealistic prices can be a warning sign of a fraud. Can a dress of a good quality cost RM10? Is it possible for a new smart phone to be RM100? Of course, no! Discounts are good, but only when the price remains realistic enough.
Gift card scamsThere is no doubt that you love gift cards – but not only you: online scammers who want to steal your information and money love them too. You may get an email or SMS with an offer for a deeply-discounted gift card. It might say you won a $25 gift card for $1. Or it might say you won a $100 gift card for free! However, be careful. If the email asks for banking or credit / debit card information, delete it straight away. A legitimate and trustworthy company would never ask for that information. We admit that some online stores do have real gift card giveaways. So, how can you tell if your gift card prize is the real? Some online shops do offer gift cards delivered by email. So, for example, someone can order an Amazon gift card for you and have it appear in your inbox instead of your mailbox. First, call the person to ensure they actually sent it (also, it's a good opportunity to thank them). Besides, a real gift card will have a special code you can put in on the website to claim the money. The reliable e-commerce store won't ask you to supply any identity information, download an attachment or take you to a third-party site. _________________________________________ According to the website, Finder.com, below we provide the list of the most well-reputed online shopping websites:
- Forever 21
- Urban Outfitters