Online buying safety tips might not mean too much to the average optometrist, but these safety tips will also help family or small business purchases. While this particular infographic is focused on online auction purchases, the tips are also applicable to any kind of purchase in any part of the world.
First and foremost, it is important to trust your instincts. If something sounds too good to be true, then it probably is too good to be true and stepping back for a moment may save you much heart ache later. Even if you cannot verbalize what that feeling is, it is important to share your feelings with another if you want to bounce off someone else the validity of your feelings.
Second, the Internet has a wealth of information about many people. If a you cannot find much background data on a seller, that might be a warning sign that the seller may be so new that they had closed a former account to sell under a new name. Sellers who have a long history of good customer service are easily discovered on the internet and although it is not an absolute guarantee of online buying safety, it will give your “gut feeling” relief.
Lastly, try to use payment intermediaries that have a modicum of protection for the buyer or seller. One, PayPal, will withhold transfer of funds until the seller and buyer are satisfied with the transaction, although even this kind of policy does not preclude fraud.
In summary, online buying safety is not something to be taken for granted nor should it scare you from doing business online. Optometrists have a greater concern because their purchases may involve thousands of dollars for the product and hundreds of dollars in shipping and handling fees. The size and weight alone make packing difficult for even the local package store. However, using the internet and your instinct may be the best protection for online buying safety.
Disclaimer: These are the personal opinions of Dr. Hom. There are no disclosures for this post. © Copyright 2012 Richard Hom OD MPA aka “Tips4EyeDocs”