The top listings for online furniture stores might not be the best options. Unfortunately, disreputable websites can appear completely legitimate, even to Google. This means that you have to be vigilant in protecting your information and being choosy about where you input credit card numbers and other order information. Here are some tips for protecting your information while shopping for furniture online.
Affordable furniture is still more expensive than Walmart.
If you come across a furniture website that seems to offer prices too good to be true, they probably are. You are bound to waste money on such a venture, either by purchasing something that is cheaply made and doesn’t suit your needs or by having your card information stolen and receiving nothing. If a website has astonishingly low prices, be suspicious and walk away.
Never enter credit card information outside of a secure page.
When you shop online with your phone, tablet, or computer, most browsers will notify you when a page’s SQL certificate is expired or if their site is no longer considered secure. Pay attention to these warnings, even if you have purchased from the site in the past with no issue. These warnings are issued for a reason, and if you ignore them it could be to your detriment. A reputable site will keep all of their certificates and security measures in place.
Only shop online when you are at home.
You should never input credit card information into any online shopping website while connected to a public internet hotspot. These public connections are not secure, and even if the site is legitimate, your information could still be stolen. Browsing online furniture stores is best done in the comfort of your home anyway, where you can take your time and choose just the right pieces for your rooms.
Check their home office location, BBB rating, and reviews.
There is nothing wrong with checking up on an online furniture store before making a purchase. You should do your homework before giving identifying or credit card information to any website or entity. The BBB may or may not have information, as files may not be created until someone makes a complaint. Looking up reviews of the store online is much more beneficial.
Check their return and shipping policies.
Disreputable online home furniture websites will have very one-sided return policies, and may demand outrageous shipping costs. These are red flags that the site is not reputable and your information may not be safe. Any online store should offer some type of return policy in case of damage during shipment or delivery, as well as in case of error during manufacture. The best sites to buy home furniture online are those that offer free shipping, at least over a clearly specified order amount.
When you take these precautions, and stick to one website when you find a good one, you’ll be able to shop for your new home furniture hassle and worry free.