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8 Safety Tips for Buying Furniture Online

Buying furniture online is a convenient way of shopping for many. Shopping for furniture on the web has many advantages but not all furniture

stores on the web were created equal. Buying furniture is a significant investment and as such you need to make sure you are making a safe

transaction. Here are some tips to help you enjoy a safe online shopping experience.
Make sure your computer is protected. If you plan on doing any shopping online, don’t be lax about installing security updates and make sure

you have updated spam filters, anti-virus software, and a secure firewall.
Just as you would research a bricks and mortar store, check out the seller. Conduct web searches and check with the Better Business Bureau for

a report about the retailer’s record. On the seller’s website look for a seal from the Better Business Bureau or another reputable

organization. Click on that seal to confirm that it is valid.
Look for a physical contact address and phone number. If the website doesn’t list any it’s best to stay away from them, as you would have no

way of reaching them should something go wrong.
Make sure your online purchase is secure by looking in the address box for the “s” in https:// and the “lock” symbol before paying. If you

have any doubts about a site, right click on the page, and select “Properties” on the pop-up menu to let you see the real website address.

The dialog box will also tell you if the site is not encrypted.
As you would when buying furniture anywhere, check to see how much the product or service costs and if there are any shipping and handling

charges. Check for the delivery time-frame and any warranties or guarantees and find out about their cancellation and return policies. Make

sure to print out and save a copy of your confirmation page in case you need it later.
To make certain that your personal information will be protected read the site’s privacy policy. Understand what personal information is being

requested and how it will be used. If there isn’t a privacy policy on the site, your personal information may be insecure and sold to others

without your permission.
If asked for personal information in an e-mail, be very suspicious. Legitimate businesses do not send e-mails claiming problems with an order

or an account to get the buyer to reveal personal information. Call the contact number on the website to ask if there was a problem with your

transaction.
And finally, if anything appears too good to be true, it probably is. Whenever in doubt, trust your instincts and check them out further.