Friday October 28th, 2022
Interested in online shopping, but have no idea how to get started? Don’t worry! EPS is here for you. In this article you’ll find everything you need to know to make your first online purchases safely and successfully.
Following the Covid-19 pandemic, e-commerce became a vital part of the global marketplace since the Internet was the only channel where stores were able to maintain their sales and operations. Plus, the internet created endless possibilities for people who were able to start successful online businesses from their homes, changing the way they make an income.
Online shopping became so popular during the early months of the pandemic that close to 90% of the world population made at least one online purchase in 2020 and this percentage increased in 2021, although the physical stores had already reopened by then. That’s why we cannot ignore these new consumer trends since online stores more offer advantages than traditional establishments. It is not by chance that several studies claim shopping online makes us happier.
To this day, more and more people discover online shopping for their everyday items, although there are those who still show resistance to change, either out of fear or ignorance. In any case, the following section is a beginner’s guide for those who are getting started with online purchases and want to do it the right way.
What do I need to start online shopping?
Shopping online and then paying for a shipment to the Dominican Republic can be very expensive, which is why you’ll have to use an intermediary transport service to receive your purchases. Register with a courier such as EPS to have access to an account with a physical address in Miami, United States. You can join EPS for free and start enjoying all the benefits of being a part of this great family. You can be sure that your packages will reach you safely and quickly since we have more than 33 years of experience in parcel transport. Become an EPS member today!
The RUA (Dominican Customs Registration) is a single customs registry in the DR that helps to “safeguard the rights of courier services users and speed up the dispatch of their purchases online.” You’ll need to register, or your packages may be held by the Dominican customs authority (DGA). You can register at RUA Registry.
To start online shopping, you’ll need to create accounts in your preferred stores. To do that, just enter your email (where you will receive all your invoices and tracking information for your orders), your shipping address (provided by the courier), and the payment method that you will use, among other information.
The payment of your purchases can be made by credit or debit cards (enabled for electronic commerce). And if you don’t want to expose your payment methods online, you can even use platforms like PayPal, which is considered a more secure means of protecting their banking information. It should be noted that these days, security measures have increased, at least in most recognized stores, so you can provide your financial data with confidence.
It is essential that the online stores where you are going to shop are recognized and reliable. Ideally, you should have several alternatives lined up to compare prices. Another way to make the most of your purchases is checking out consumer reviews these are essential for online shopping, as we detail in our article titled Reviews, the real “influencer” of your purchases.
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If even after knowing all these benefits you don’t dare to get started in the world of online shopping, EPS has the perfect service for you: EPS E-Shopping. It allows you to get personalized advice on your purchases from our experts in online shopping. You don’t need a credit card to access this service, you can pay in Dominican pesos.
Visit your preferred EPS branch and ask for our EPS E-Shopping service today.