Online Shopping - Protect Yourself & Never Be Scammed Again

Written by Butch Pujol

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3. Use A Credit Card

When buying online, always use a credit card. Why? It offersrepparttar most protection you can currently get online. If you experience credit card fraud, you're protected. If a company charges funds to your account and does not deliver, you're protected. If you can't reachrepparttar 127569 company for a return, etc... you're protected.

Other services, such as email payment services or traditional paper checks, don't offer any protection at all.

4. Secured Servers Only

When you enter a shopping cart, or other online payment system, be sure to check for one of two things. Just becauserepparttar 127570 Web site copy states thatrepparttar 127571 server is secured doesn't mean it is. Inrepparttar 127572 "address" line of your browser, you should see an address that begins with "httpS://". This "S" stands for secured and will not appear unlessrepparttar 127573 transaction is encrypted.

The other clue to look for is a gold lock inrepparttar 127574 lower, right-hand corner of your browser. This, too, lets you knowrepparttar 127575 transaction is secured.

5. Check Them Out

Finally, if you're at all suspicious ofrepparttar 127576 company, check them out withrepparttar 127577 Better Business Bureau or another consumer protection agency before buying. The extra time you spend with your investigation can pay off big in a savings of time and trouble later.

Always keep your eyes open when shopping online. By educating yourself inrepparttar 127578 area of consumer protection, you can greatly improve your ability to shop confidentially online. With a little precaution, your holiday shopping will be pleasant and trouble-free!

Butch Pujol is an online Consumer Advocate who helps you make the most of the Internet. Whether you're a business owner or a consumer, find out more about shopping safely online - and how to get your money back if you have already been scammed. Click here for more info.

Internet Business in a Box

Written by Butch Pujol

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What Will You Sell?

Duringrepparttar infomercialrepparttar 127568 company mentioned that you would have thousands of products to choose from. However, what I found was that there were only 50 or 60. When I questioned this, I was told they either fired their supplier orrepparttar 127569 contract withrepparttar 127570 supplier expired and new negotiations were underway. As forrepparttar 127571 quality of repparttar 127572 items… it was sorely lacking. Rather cheep trinkets that had no real value.

How Will Your Customers Pay?

In order for customers to pay online, you will need a shopping cart system. However, I'm afraid I found that this application was another add on. It was not included inrepparttar 127573 $59.95 price.

In addition torepparttar 127574 shopping cart, you'll also need a merchant account to receive credit card payments. Most merchant accounts require a 2 year contract. However, to receive a merchant account from this company, a 5 year contract was required. I foundrepparttar 127575 set up fees very high andrepparttar 127576 monthly fees just as disturbing. Not to mention, with a new Internet business, I can't imagine being tied into a 5 year agreement. Ifrepparttar 127577 company fails, you would still be liable to payrepparttar 127578 monthly fees forrepparttar 127579 remaining time onrepparttar 127580 contract.

Bringing Traffic To Your Site

Duringrepparttar 127581 infomercial, you are told thatrepparttar 127582 company will submit your new Web site torepparttar 127583 top 1,000 search engines with automated software. However, what most people don't understand is that 90% of your search engine traffic will come fromrepparttar 127584 top 20 engines. In addition, most ofrepparttar 127585 major engines require manual submissions, not automated. In order to get your site positioned properly, you'll either need to buy additional software, pay a search engine professional to dorepparttar 127586 task or learn to handle it yourself. Needless-to-say, that costs even more money.

I am not going to add up allrepparttar 127587 individual cost of my investigation but I will give yourepparttar 127588 total cost that was onrepparttar 127589 contract they wanted me to sign. Not countingrepparttar 127590 $59.95 I had already paid for my Internet business in a box, they asked for another $2695.00.

This article is not meant to discourage you from starting your own Internet business. My business is to educate people aboutrepparttar 127591 sharks that will try to take your money.

Can you start your own Internet business, make money, lie out byrepparttar 127592 pool sipping Margaritas and only work 20 minutes a day? You bet! And it can be done for a lot less than $2,695.00. Will it happenrepparttar 127593 first week you're in business? No. Before you jump into an online business, I urge you to educate yourself, learn howrepparttar 127594 Internet works, decide what you can or are willing to do yourself and what you will have to pay someone else to do. Calculaterepparttar 127595 entire cost. You will not get rich over night. It will take time to build your business and automate it. Then, with a little luck and a lot of hard work inrepparttar 127596 beginning, you can lie out by repparttar 127597 pool sipping Margaritas.

Butch Pujol is the founder of Safe Internet Business Solutions a safe haven for Newbies and online business owners. Learn how to "Protect Yourself & Your Internet Business From Robbers, Thieves and Sharks" at

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