Computers have been used for more things than computing and gaming for some time now, in fact most people now use their computers for shopping online than any other function. Online shopping is made so easy now and is not out of reach no matter your age.
Many elderly don’t like the idea of shopping and paying for their goods online, just the thought of putting their private information and debit or credit card details into a computer is a daunting thought. Despite this many elderly or disabled people use shopping online as a lifeline, especially if they find it difficult to get around. Many clubs and centres now provide computer classes to get people doing their shopping online which many find easy once they’ve tried.
To online shop you normally have to register with the store, however this is not always necessary but you would need a valid email address and a credit or debit card for payment. If you do have to register with the store you would need to set up a user name, usually your email address would be used, and a secure password which you would be asked to enter each time you re-visit, this is to ensure that your account and details are only accessible by you.If you do shop online with several different stores it is a good idea to use a unique password for each one, this is the most secure way to keep your account safe and sound. You could try to use the site name for the beginning of the password followed by some other letters, numbers or symbols you can easily remember. For example if you’re shopping at Asda you could have a password like Asda£$%00A as long as you remember the £$%00A bit you should never forget your password, this is just an example and you could use any system you feel comfortable with as long as it’s secure. You should use a combination of letters, numbers or symbols to make sure it’s difficult to guess, never use date of birth or your street name as these are too predictable.
The main part of online shopping is easy. Once you’ve registered, just browse the stores pages, click on the item you’re interested in and add it to your basket. Once this is done you can continue shopping or go straight to the checkout, this is normally easy to find on the top of the screen for most shop sites.
Most online shopping sites use secure backbones to make sure that you transaction is done in a safe and secure way. At the checkout you will be asked to enter your credit card details and confirm your delivery address. On some sites you can also store you card details so that they don’t have to be entered every time you checkout the goods. You will also find a place to enter voucher codes or coupon which normally comes in the form of a code to enter at the checkout; you can get codes for free delivery or a specific discount that can be taken from the price of the order.Once you’ve confirmed your order, simply just wait for your goods to arrive. All this is done in the comfort of your own home.
Online shopping is great products such as DVD’s, CD’s books etc. that you know are going to be the same regardless whether you’re shopping online or in-store. You can also shop online for groceries for a small delivery charge, or try online auctions for picking up those last-minute bargains.
Check out my article “Buying Online Rights – Know Where You Stand When You Return Unwanted Items Bought Online” for returns and online delivery charge refunds and you rights regarding the Distance Selling Regulations (consumer protection law).