Wednesday, July 19, 2006

What is Online Shopping?

Nowadays, every 'netizen' is aware of "Online shopping", which is the process where "online consumers go through online shopping websites,to purchase products or services over the internet". An online shop, Internet shop or online store resembles to our bricks-and-mortar retailer or a shopping mall.

This is done through an electronic commerce application used for Business2Business (B2B) or Business2Consumer(B2C). There are several advantages of online shopping such as shopping at user's comfort, speed of payment & transactions, discounts, deals & more.

Online shopping is becoming poular as more & more sites are coming up with ease of use & secure transactions mechanisms (using technologies like SSL) in which "User and payment data is encrypted" when it is transferred on the Internet. Even though, consumers are afraid of doing online shopping, due to several issues, mainly pertaining to security.

Methods of Payment:

  • Debit card / Credit Card
  • Cash on delivery (C.O.D.)
  • Cheque
  • Money transfer / delivery on payment
  • Postal money order
  • All kinds of Electronic money, Ecash (or digital money)

Please verify that the online shopping sites which you transact on are secure sites, i.e. those has security seals from security certification companies like "VeriSign", which displays a seal such as "VeriSign secured site with 128-bit encryption". Also, verify about particular website's customer support, Security Policy, Product Guarantee, etc.

Check following few websites for online shopping in India.

Wish you a happy & safe online shopping experience!

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