Check Out Companies to Find out Who You’re Really Dealing With
When you’re online, a little research can save you a lot of money. If you see an ad or an offer that looks good to you, take a moment to check out the company behind it. Type the company or product name into your favorite search engine with terms like “review,” “complaint,” or “scam.” If you find bad reviews, you’ll have to decide if the offer is worth the risk. If you can’t find contact information for the company, take your business elsewhere.
Don’t assume that an ad you see on a reputable site is trustworthy. The fact that a site features an ad for another site doesn’t mean that it endorses the advertised site, or is even familiar with it.
Use Search Engines
If you think you’ve found a good deal, but you aren’t familiar with the product or the company selling it, dig a little deeper. Type the company or product name into your favorite search engine with terms like “review,” “complaint” or “scam.” If you find bad reviews, you’ll have to decide if the offer is worth the risk. After all, it’s only a good deal if you actually get a product that works.
Read Reviews and Be Skeptical
When considering a review, think about the source of the information: is it from an impartial expert organization, one consumer, many individual consumers, a columnist?
You can get a good idea about a product’s performance from reading user reviews on retail or shopping comparison sites. But they may not represent the experience of all purchasers: The FTC has sued companies that posted “fake” positive reviews. Some negative reviews may come from competitors.
You also can look for websites that specialize in reviewing products. These sites don’t sell products but offer expert reviews and comparisons.