If you are planning on some last-minute online ordering then you need to act quickly, as the last days for dispatch are fast approaching. Online ordering is a great way to get those last-minute shopping items without having to face the crowds or the weather, to get those last few essential items before Christmas. It is a great way to pick up a bargain or two if some of the online sites start their sale pricing, before the traditional Boxing Day sales.
What You Must Prepare For
If you are placing online orders, then you need to be available when the item is due; there are alternatives to having the parcel sent to your home address, with some shops having parcel drop off and collection points, which is great if you are at work all day.
If you are having the item sent to your home address, put some information in the delivery box that will enable the delivery driver to find you when they deliver the item. It is not easy especially if you have names instead of numbers as your address; this is not easy to work out if the delivery company have gone too far beyond your address. The more information you give, the easier it is for the driver to find you and to deliver the items that you have bought.
What You Must Not Do
Don’t put a note on your door if you nip out for a minute or two, it is a big advert to anyone looking for an opportunity to break into your home. Especially this time of year when people have presents and goodies that are all ready and waiting for the holidays.
It is important you don’t delay the driver, they have set routes and they need to get to places on time. Some even have delivery slots and need to ensure they are going to arrive on time; they can receive bonuses for delivering on time, but they can also lose these if they are late and sometimes if they are early, too.
It is important that while you might have found a bargain, you are careful that you are buying goods from reputable online shops. Many websites are not selling the goods but just taking your money; if the deal seems too good to be true, it probably is a scam and you should avoid it at all costs.
It is important that you think of ways to protect yourself when purchasing an online order. A great option is PayPal, they will protect you as much as possible and the same is true if you use a credit card. If the company doesn’t proceed with sending you the goods, you can take this up with the credit card company and get your money back. Check the limits on your credit card first, they might specify over a certain limit before they offer this guarantee.
It is important that you protect yourself from potential fraud and while it might seem a sad fact, it is important that you learn to protect yourself from losing money through website scams, which will take your money, and you might never see a product let alone your money, either.
Just because a site has a positive result doesn’t mean they have customers satisfied with the site, these can be uploaded and just be false recommendations put in place by the company.
Therefore, if you are going to do some last-minute online ordering make sure you don’t let your guard down when buying online. However, it is important that you check the order dates to ensure that you get the item before the Christmas period.
Thanks for sharing these tips and reminders!
Hi Beth, thanks for visiting:)
Thanks for the tips! We bought a few things online through Amazon this year, but most of our shopping will be in store so we make sure we get it in time.
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