Shopping at online guitar stores can make all the trouble and frustration of holiday shopping disappear. Shopping for guitars and accessories doesn’t have to mean running from store to store looking for deals. That can take hours, even days and you may never find that one gift Plus Size Swimwear you want; either for yourself or for a friend.
In spite of all the benefits of online shopping, the main reason many folks do not use the computer is a concern with their security. With the recent upswing in identity theft and credit card fraud, it can be a bit scary. I want to put those thoughts to rest.
The truth is that online guitar stores are as safe as any major shopping site. Your credit card information is kept behind layers of encryption and is not-repeat NOT-shared or sold in any way. In reality, you stand more of a chance of having your wallet or purse in those crowds. We all know the trouble that can cause.
All online retailers are required by law to protect your information. New advances are coming along all the time and they stay ahead of the hackers by at least three steps. There are some things to look for so you know the site is secure and safe.
Run the company through a background check with the Better Business Bureau. This is free and will give you a clear picture of what they are about. Especially look at the complaints filed and see how many were resolved properly. When you see a large percentage of positive resolutions, it is probably a good site to use.
Now you know you can trust your information, you want to know the site is reliable. You need to know that when you make a purchase, the site is going to actually ship your order. Not only that, but that your order will be sent in a timely manner.
The best way to determine this is by first checking to see how long that site has been operating. Usually, if a guitar store is older than a few months, it is a good bet that they are reputable. Check the site for testimonials and reports from past customers. A reputable online guitar store, or any business for that matter, will have these posted plainly.
One way to really be reassured of this is to look at the contact page for the guitar store. An email address alone is not sufficient for this purpose. There should also be a phone number and/or a physical mailing address available. In short, you should be able to get hold of somebody at any time. Response time should be at most within 24 hours.
Some of the bigger guitar store sites may even a live chat option for their customers. This gives you a chance to speak with a live person in real time to get your questions answered. You need to be able to assure yourself of being treated with respect and courtesy.
If you will take a little time to look before you leap, you will definitely have a safe, secure and reliable shopping experience. Remember the adage “Caveat emptor” which means “Let the buyer beware” is a staple of conducting business online.