Online Shopping

Have you ever thought about how online shopping came to be?

Shopping from the comfort of your own home started when mail-order catalogs arrived in the mailboxes of consumers. Seed companies were some of the first to mail catalogs. The company Montgomery Ward offered city goods to rural customers. The Sears catalog offered everything from clothes to items for building your own home. Children eagerly awaited the arrival of the Christmas Book so they could make their lists.

With the expansion of cable TV, shopping channels appeared in the line up with live presentations hosted by on-air presenters pitching their products.

The arrival of the internet changed the buying habits of today's consumers. E-commerce allows everyone to purchase in the digital market. 

Being a smart and safe shopper starts with:

  • Research! Read reviews and see if other consumers have had a positive or negative experience with the site.
  • Pay by credit card. It's the safest option because they allow you to seek a credit from the issuer if there is an issue with the product.
  • Create a strong password. Make a password that is at least 12 characters long, including numbers and symbols.

Before you click the 'Buy' button, check out these titles from our digital collections to help you with a safer online shopping experience.

Review provided by Hoopla
There are plenty of books on how to deal with scams in the retail stores, and, truthfully, most of these scams are pretty straightforward and easily detected by consumers.?The Internet has taken its place beside the telephone and television as an important part of people's lives.

Review provided by Hoopla
Statistics about identity theft from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are staggering. The FTC now says that as many as one in every eight adults and one in every four households has been victimized by identity thieves in the past five years. To make matters even worse, if you end up a victim of identity theft, it can take years to clean up the mess. The FTC defines identity theft as stealing personal information such as your name, credit card number, driver license number, or other personal identifying information to commit fraud.

Review provided by Hoopla
Find out how Amazon became the world's largest online retailer. Discover how the company started by developing a unique way to sell books and grew into a giant of the e-commerce industry in a short span of time. This book unveils: The people behind Amazon's revolutionary retail and product development strategies. The technological innovation driven by Amazon, from the Kindle to the Fire Phone.

Review provided by Hoopla
Like the idea of eBay but too daunted to give it a try? This little book provides all the answers to the questions you were too afraid to ask, in a user-friendly, jargon-free way and - in true eBay style - for a bargain price. Bursting with bite-sized nuggets of wisdom, this step-by-step guide for the uninitiated, includes advice on everything from selling a picture frame to buying the car of your dreams.

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