How can I protect myself from Online Seller Fraud?

Since the Internet is a very large marketplace, you may eventually come in contact with a few bad folks.  There are a few things you can do to protect yourself. If possible, use your credit card Most online retailers have standard credit card merchant accounts, operating on the web just as they do in a […]

What is an eBay Product Guarantee?

Be aware of product guarantees Be sure you understand whether or not a seller will allow you to return an item if it is not what you’re looking for.  When selling used goods, some sellers will guarantee only that the item is not “dead on arrival,” but they won’t necessarily guarantee whether or not an […]

How can I avoid Sales Tax When Buying Online?

Be aware of sales tax If you’re buying from a seller who has stores in your home state, you may (or may not) need to pay sales tax.  You could save 6% or more by simply purchasing the same item from a seller outside your state who doesn’t collect sales tax for Internet sales.  Each […]

How Can I Avoid Excessive Shipping and Handling Charges?

There are incredibly great deals on the Internet.  Just make sure you are aware of ALL the costs before you try to compare one prospective seller to another. Beware of excess shipping and handling charges Some sellers add hefty shipping and handling fees to boost the net profit they make on each sale.  For this […]

Where can I find tools and home improvement supplies with free shpping?

Purchase multiple items at once for free shipping Some retailers offer free shipping if your purchase exceeds a certain price threshold.   www.Homeclick.com , for example, will ship your items for free via Federal Express if your total purchase exceeds $99.  www.HomeCenter.com gives free shipping on all faucets, stainless steel sinks, steam generators and whirlpools as […]

Which Credit Card Companies Give Cash Back?

Get cash back from some credit card companies Another rebate tool can be your little plastic credit card.  Subject to certain conditions, you can earn cash back on your purchases, putting a little extra green back in your wallet. www.AmericanExpress.com gives 3% cash back on purchases from standalone gas stations, grocery, drug and home improvement […]

Where Can I Find Last Year’s Model?

Consider last year’s model Perhaps you have had the experience of buying a fancy new widget, and then a few months later, you see that a new model has been introduced and the price for the item you bought has dropped by 30% or more!  Manufacturers and retailers are eager to sell old stock, sometimes […]