Be a smart shopper online with these tips from the ACCC for consumers. For more information about online shopping and your consumer rights go to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's 'Shopping On-Line' web page.
Money II - Buying Online
A package for those interested in developing skills in buying online;
Confident internet browsing skills are required to benefit from the links in this package.
On-line buying using PayPal - example/resources
The first rule in any online buying is to nominate an account in which you retain a limited balance - never use the account which contains your life savings!
While there are some online sellers which only accept credit/debit/other account information, many online sellers offer PayPal. PayPal is a service which avoids each individual seller you deal with having access to your account information. You will need to register an account when you set up PayPal (remembering to use an account with limited funds).
Here are some links to follow if you are thinking of setting up a PayPal account -
1. Welcome to PayPal - Let's get started (includes a short video)
2. Pay Pal - Account Selection and Sign up
Here is an example of a 'shopping cart' purchase of an Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association publication - in this case the 'iPad Basics' publication as a downloadable PDF file. As you can see, ASCCA offers the opportunity to purchase using PayPal:-
If you would like to continue to find out more about using PayPal, talk to a mentor from the Drop In, or ask a trusted family member for help.