During the 2012 holiday shopping season, the most popular gifts for teenagers were tablets, smartphones, and gaming consoles. With the growing popularity of online holiday shopping, it makes it easy for parents to shop video games online. This means they should have no problem finding exactly what they are looking for; and they will be double fortunate by avoiding the wrath of sullen, sulky teenagers who has no choice but to spend the entire day on the same old PC game websites.
Although the total revenue generated by online retail sales in the U.S. surpassed 200 billion dollars in 2011, there are still many people who are concerned about how secure online shopping really is. Undoubtedly, much of the apprehension that these folks harbor toward shopping online can be attributed to horror stories they heard. Although it may be fact that their friend Betty was burned for 5 grand when attempting to purchase her husband a pair of suspenders for 4.99 online, chances are that Betty could have benefited from some safe online shopping tips.
When it comes to shopping online, the biggest shopping sites use the most advanced security software available; but that does not mean that they are so foolproof that online shoppers can let their guards down. Sure, most of us can go on Amazon.com or the Target websites and make weekly purchases for a year without any security problems. However, when people throw caution to the wind, they are just asking for trouble.
Before you go online to order your teenage son or daughter a 500 dollar gaming system, or a year subscription to the “sickest” PC game websites, there are a few tips to follow. These include keeping your browser updated; installing the best security software you can; shopping reputable online stores; giving out as little information as possible; and setting up a PayPal account to avoid debit and credit card purchases.
The advantages of holiday shopping online are amazing; you can find anything you want, get the best deals, and you do not even need to leave your couch. However, online thieves can put a damper on the best time of the year. But if you are mindful of a few simple online shopping security tips, you will be achieve all of your holiday shopping goals, and, best of all, your teen will not have you packing your bags for your latest guilt trip.