What to do when buying things online

Written by By Leslie Danielle Burke, CNN The holidays can be stressful enough as it is, but the uncertainty of who will be sitting next to you at the dinner table and the far-flung…

What to do when buying things online

Written by By Leslie Danielle Burke, CNN

The holidays can be stressful enough as it is, but the uncertainty of who will be sitting next to you at the dinner table and the far-flung distances for shopping between stores is an obstacle beyond most of us.

On the brink of facing these pressures, we find ourselves with a new shopping nightmare in our faces: What exactly will be in that package of holiday treats you bought online, and how will you know if the product is safe to consume?

Don’t have a do-it-yourself box breaker? Take a look at CNN’s efforts to make buying safe online.

Before the holiday rush, the dangers of buying products online.

Well, if we had a treasure chest full of answers, that’s something we’d gladly pluck. Thankfully, an unusual network of experts is working on solutions to the threats posed by online shopping.

CNN Tech Is Yours and The Gadget Show have put together this list of what to do as retailers and consumers engage in an ongoing battle with counterfeit goods. These tips, resources and expertise can save you time and money.

Read on to see some of the ways you can protect yourself and your loved ones during the holidays and beyond.

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