On Line Shopping Advice

I have a pair of Red Wing work boots that I purchased with other work clothes and my Carhartt jacket about 10 years ago. Believe it or not, I have finally worn out the work boots, and am ready for a new pair.

I have found Red Wing work boots at http://www.zonkshop.com at a really great price, but have never purchased a product online before. I would like to know how to purchase my work boots online since I think I can get a better price that way?

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By injuncrest from Rochester, NY

August 3, 20090 found this helpful

Just a few pointers -- I hope they help!

Read their policies under the Customer Service Link. You'll probably want to know their return policy. And I always check shipping information.

Whenever you shop online, please DO NOT use your debit card. It's just too risky. A credit card will give you more protection. Some banks/credit unions will extend similar protection as a courtesy, but they don't have to.

When you go to check out, make sure that the http:// in the address bar changes to https:// -- that "s" stands for "secure."

And before you check out, do a quick search online to see if you can find a discount/coupon code. I just looked, and this site shows a code for 10% off all orders over $35.

http://www.mycoupons.com/coupons/zonkshop.com

Sometimes these codes don't work, but sometimes they do. It can't hurt to try and save a buck or two!

I'm sure I'm forgetting something, but this is what pops into mind. My husband has a personal finance blog and website, and has written about debit card fraud. If you're interested, this might provide some helpful information. Here is an interview from his website:

http://www.mdmproofing.com/iym/interviews/debit_card_fraud.php

and a couple of blog entries (the first refers back to the above interview):

http://www.mdmproofing.com/iym/webl ... 6/07/debit-card-fraud-interview.html

http://www.mdmproofing.com/iym/weblog/2005/11/debit-card-danger-again.html

Hope I covered most everything. And I hope it wasn't too much! :-) We do a LOT of online shopping. If I'm ever suspicous of a website, I do a search for their name and look for comments/complaints about them. Best of luck with your boots. They sound great . . . I wish I had shoes that lasted so long!

:-)

Lisa

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August 4, 20090 found this helpful

Buying online requires a credit card. You will have to follow their instructions, but it's easy. Name, address, credit card info will be taken. Generally, the company sends you an email confirmation of your order, so I don't usually photo copy what I've ordered.

I looked at their prices. I would check out other sites before I would make a purchase. My husband has to have steel toes and found shoes locally at Sears on sale at a better price. Although, I don't believe they were Red Wing.

The only problem I have buying shoes online is that I need to try shoes on to see if they are comfortable. You may consider going to your local store and trying on a pair and if the price can't be matched, then order them online.

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August 5, 20090 found this helpful

If you search on Google or another search engine, always put 'compare price' then the name of the item you are looking for. That way, it will give you several options. Also, before you buy, search for 'online coupons' for whichever site you want to buy from, or 'online codes'---these will be for free shipping, reduced shipping, etc that you can use when you check out.

Also, some sites accept Paypal. Visit that site to find out more about it. And you can always purchase a preloaded credit card, at Walmart, or your bank---it is similar to a gift card. Only good for the amount that you put on it, but it can have amounts added to it. Check with your bank first.

Good luck to you. I live in a fairly rural area, and do a lot of shopping online. In 10 years of buying stuff online, I have yet to have a problem.

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