When shopping online, shoppers have a variety options available in placing an order. Online shopping is convenient for lot of reasons including convenient in shopping items from different retailers all-over the world. Online shopping becomes desirable for most of the consumers because of its availability to place an order in many different ways. This article will talk about of some of the available options for placing an order online including on how to reach/contact customer service in placing order,  mailing and faxing online orders and on how to use website in placing online orders.

Contacting Customers Service in Placing an Order:
Online shoppers may browse for items online but may decide to purchase items by calling a customer service representative instead of placing the order online. Customers may choose this option for a number of different reasons. Some online retailers may not have an option for completing the purchase online or these features may not be functioning correctly and in these cases the shopper will likely place the order over the phone. However, there are situations in which a consumer may opt to call customer service to place the order even when it is possible to do so online. This may include situations in which the order is particularly complex or situations in which the consumer has questions he would like answered before placing an order. Online shoppers who make a purchase this way should have all of the necessary information available before contacting customer service. This information includes the product number, billing information and shipping information.

Faxing or Mailing Online Orders:
Online shoppers can also place orders by faxing or mailing the order to the online retailer. The consumer may browse for items online and even print the order form from the online retailer’s website. Although this is not the most common method of online shopping there are some consumers who still use this method. One of the examples to using this method is the ability to pay for an order with a check instead of a credit card. A credit card will likely be required for orders placed online or with a customer service representative. Customers who fax or mail an order form may have the option of using a credit card to pay for the order but may also have the option of using a check as well. This is ideal for online shoppers who either do not have a credit card or do not want to charge items to a credit card. Although there are some advantages to this method of placing an order from an online retailer there is one major disadvantage to this method. This disadvantage is the order may take longer to process than it would through other methods. When a customer places an order through a website or on the phone the order is typically processed instantly. However, when the consumer mails the order form it may take a few days to arrive and then may require extra time for processing. Even orders which are faxed in may not be processed immediately despite arriving quickly.

Placing an Orders using a Website:
Placing the orders directly through the online retailer’s website in one of the most popular options for placing an order via online shopping. In many cases the online retailers offer the ability to add items to a virtual shopping cart while browsing other available items to purchase. After choosing products for shopping, consumer can review the contents of his/her shopping cart and can add, remove or modify its contents and necessary before proceeding to the checkout process. During checkout process, consumers are being ask to provide their information such as billing address and credit card informations as well as the address where the consumer wants to deliver their online purchased items. Although online shopping is generally considered as safe, consumer should always verify if the website is being made through a secure server which protects sensitive information. How do I know if I’m browsing on a secure website? A secure website should start its web address with https:// while a not secure website start with http://.