Things to remember when shopping for deals online

Hodges also said that any shopping sites that have HTTPS are safe, and that it’s in the retailer’s interest

(7NEWS) – Online shopping has become a no-brainer for some people, especially when the prices are lower than you can believe.

But before you let those low prices encourage you to buy from discount apps and websites, make sure you know they’re legit.

7News talked with Michael Spisak about a money clip he purchased for only $1 fromwish.com a year ago.

“I haven’t had any problems with it. It’s been a great value and a great product for what I paid for it.”

Some people, like Spisak, have been really lucky when it comes to discounted online shopping.

Others, not so much.

Hannah Green’s friend, for instance, bought a prom dress from AliExpress last march but never got to wear it.

“It didn’t come till the end of the summer… And when she got it, the quality was extremely poor.” Green said.

Green’s friend’s situation is a reminder to always keep timing and quality in mind when shopping online.

We talked with IT expert at USC Upstate, Kevin Hodges, about websites that have a zero-tolerance policy for counterfeit products and this is what he had to say:
“It’s, they don’t advertise them as the name-brand. But they are definitely using the likeness of those name-brands. So it’s not necessary counterfeit but they are pushing the envelope.”

For example, Adidas probably wouldn’t be too happy to find out that someone is selling their trademark three stripes for almost $40 less.

Hodges also said that any shopping sites that have HTTPS are safe, and that it’s in the retailer’s interest.

Online liquidators like Blinq.com and Viatrading.com use the encryption.

SnagShout is another shopping site that sells cheap goods right from Amazon in exchange for your review.

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