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Shopping for dinnerware online can be wonderful because it opens the door to variety and great prices on discount dinnerware sets or clearance dinnerware; however, there are some things that you should watch out for.

Sad to say, a lot of swindlers use the internet to make money off of novice internet shoppers. The internet is also a prime avenue for identity theft. Adhering to the following tips will minimize the threat of you being a victim.

Review the Legitimacy of the Company or Individual That You Are Buying From

When buying from a reputable company, like the dinnerware manufacturers, there is not a lot to worry about. They have a brand reputation to protect. However, it is not advisable to buy from companies that you are not familiar with without checking the internet for complaints against that company. Most times, putting the company name in the search browser will bring up discussion about the company and their practices.

When buying from individuals on internet auctions, most auction sites have a rating of both the buyer and seller along with comments about business practices. Don't buy from individuals that have a bad rating.

Check the Return Policies

It is always wise to review the return policies when shopping online.

  • If you don't like the dinnerware is there a chance that you can return it for a full refund?
  • Does the seller charge a restocking fee on returns?
  • Is the sale final?

Be sure that you are comfortable with the return policies.

Make Sure That the Shipment Will Be Insured at Full Value

Most suppliers of dinnerware do ship the products insured; however, some give you the option of paying for the insurance or taking the risk. I see this option a lot on internet auction sites. Because dinnerware is fragile, it always pays to absorb the cost of insurance. You don't want to end up with a broken dinnerware set and no means for compensation for it.

Assure That the Site You are Ordering From is Secure

Secure sites are set up to prevent interception of your personal information during transmission. Before you put in a credit card number, make sure that you are on a secure page. This is easy to tell because a secure pages starts with https: instead of http:

If you have a good security system on your computer, you may get warnings when a page is not secure or if the security certificate is expired.

Never Respond to SPAM

SPAM is the word that is used for unsolicited commercial email. If you have not opted in to receive email from a company, the emails that you get are SPAM. Companies and individuals of bad rapport and identity thieves use this method of contact in hopes that you will attempt to purchase from them.

Shopping for dinnerware online can be a wonderful experience, or a tragic one. By following these simple steps, your chance for a beneficial purchase is much improved.