Online Shopping - Protect Yourself & Never Be Scammed Again

Written by Butch Pujol

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Withrepparttar 127569 holiday season upon us, more and more people will be turning torepparttar 127570 Internet in order to complete their shopping fromrepparttar 127571 comfort of their own home. You may be one of them. While online shopping does offer a world of conveniences, it also - especially now - offers a cesspool filled with those who want to take your money and run. Can you confidentially shop online? Of course... provided you learn to protect yourself!

There are several things that can act as signposts for both legitimate and unscrupulous businesses. Keeping these in mind, and taking just a few extra steps, can make allrepparttar 127572 difference in dealing with a reputable business orrepparttar 127573 Grinch That Stole Christmas.

1. Know The Worldwide Web Is A Huge Place

It would truly surprise me if one, and only one, Web site had exclusive sales for a product or service. Inrepparttar 127574 majority of cases, you can findrepparttar 127575 exact same product from dozens of differentsites. Keep this in mind when someone tries to "railroad" you intobuying from them right that minute or missing out forever. It simply isn't true most ofrepparttar 127576 time.

2. Pay Attention To Site Appearance

Those who are serious about their online business will make an extra effort to portray professionalism. When you see a site that looks "homemade", it probably is. These sites are often thrown together onrepparttar 127577 spur ofrepparttar 127578 moment. No money is invested in appearance becauserepparttar 127579 business has no plans to stick around.

Granted, there are a few "homemade" looking sites owned and operated by legitimate businesses. But keep this in mind... a company who is unwilling or unable to investrepparttar 127580 needed funds into their Web site is also usually unstable.

Internet Business in a Box

Written by Butch Pujol

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You've seen it on TV… everything you need to start your Internet business only $59.95. It seems too good to be true! Can you actually get a Web site, hosting, search engine placement and products to sell for under $60? Can you actually begin to turn a profit within minutes of your site being loaded ontorepparttar 127568 'Net? Hmmm… what'srepparttar 127569 old saying? "If it sounds too good to be true…"

When these types of infomercials start,repparttar 127570 pitch is usually something alongrepparttar 127571 lines of, "you can own your own Internet business for only $59.95 and become rich by only working 20 minutes a day." Granted, they do show testimonials from people who supposedly have made millions with this type of business. And, they do make a persuasive argument that this type of success is possible becauserepparttar 127572 Internet is a worldwide medium. Can it be done? Yes. However,repparttar 127573 real question is, "can it be done by your average person"?

The answer to that question is no. How do I know it can't be done? I've tried it. Before I recommend any new products or services to my clients I buy them and try them to be sure they are safe and legitimate. I investigaterepparttar 127574 companies and their products and services.

Let me share with you what I've found about these types of Internet Businesses In A Box.

Watch Out Forrepparttar 127575 Small Print

Small print seems to play a major role inrepparttar 127576 advertising campaigns of these firms. For instance, satisfied customers appear showing yourepparttar 127577 checks they've received from their business. Your natural response is to focus onrepparttar 127578 rich business owner. Instead, readrepparttar 127579 small print atrepparttar 127580 bottom ofrepparttar 127581 screen. "These experiences are unique and your results may vary. Dollar amounts quoted are gross sales." Some even say, "Business owners are fictitious characters portrayed by actors". It's a perception angle. You usually do not noticerepparttar 127582 small print becauserepparttar 127583 company has directed your attention towardrepparttar 127584 big checks. They have you dreaming of allrepparttar 127585 money you will make when you use their product.

Another major surprise that comes from not readingrepparttar 127586 fine print is sprung on you oncerepparttar 127587 package arrives. For $59.95 you receiverepparttar 127588 "how to information" - nothing is done for you… you must do it all yourself. Since most ofrepparttar 127589 purchasers of this type of product are "newbies",repparttar 127590 information does little good. When Internet business people are just starting out, they normally don't know a Web host from a Web site.

The first thing you are instructed to do is build your website. Although repparttar 127591 company tells you thatrepparttar 127592 site is easy to build and you need no programming or HTML experience, there is no doubt thatrepparttar 127593 site will appear amateurish. This is by no means a slight to Internet newbies. It is simply a factual statement. I know of no one that could design a professional-looking Web site on their first attempt.

Add On's

Oncerepparttar 127594 Web site is completed, you will need a Web host in order for it to be viewed onrepparttar 127595 'Net. Another surprise comes when you discoverrepparttar 127596 monthly hosting fees are not included in your $59.95. Hosting fees can run between $10.00 - $75.00 per month depending on which features you require andrepparttar 127597 amount of space needed.

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