Is there a way to check if an online store is legit?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by SamIchi, Sep 9, 2011.

  1. SamIchi macrumors 68030

    SamIchi

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    I've don'e a lot of online shopping, and I'm always cautious where I buy stuff. I've definitely bought from sites that look a bit shady but still went through, and I've never had a problem. If I see a site that raises to many red flags, I stay away.

    So is there a site, that shows that they are a legit business and no some scam?

    Thanks!
     
  2. tobefirst macrumors 68040

    tobefirst

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    Are you familiar with resellerratings.com? I usually look there if I haven't purchased from a place before.
     
  3. killerrobot macrumors 68020

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    I usually look for a phone number on the page and try to call.
    You can also use http://whois-server.net/ to look up the site owner's info and see that it matches what you'd expect.
     
  4. ct2k7 macrumors 603

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    Is they have a green bar/ EV SSL certificate, they're more likely to be genuine.
     
  5. blunti macrumors 6502a

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    this and what has been mentioned before; phone number and address
     
  6. Firestar macrumors 68020

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    Like ct2k7 said, look for https and a green bar, but I'm sure the websites that tobefirst and killerrobot wouldn't hurt.
     
  7. ct2k7 macrumors 603

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  8. OutThere macrumors 603

    OutThere

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    When in doubt I always call, if they try to hide the phone number I'm already a bit suspicious.
     

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