Shopping on the internet and having goods delivered to your door can be a practical solution for many people with sight problems.
More people than ever are using the internet to shop for a variety of items, from clothes and shoes, to travel tickets and cars.
Shopping online offers many advantages:
Most shopping websites use some sort of shopping cart - this is your virtual trolley into which you can place items, then take them to the checkout when you want to pay. You can check the items you've selected and change items in your trolley at any time to make sure you're happy before you pay.
Just like paying for a meal by credit card or buying something in a shop, as long as you take some basic precautions shopping online is safe.
Even if you're dealing with a legitimate merchant, you're at risk if your computer is infected, so make sure that your computer is secure. Keep your operating system and browsers updated and use a good and up-to-date internet security programme.
Most security companies offer a free-trial version that will tide you over for a month or so, but be sure to subscribe so that you get ongoing protection.
Access technology, also known as assistive technology, is designed to help enable blind or partially sighted to use technology effectively. There is a wide range of access technology available to help when shopping on the internet, including modifications to your computer setup, specialist hardware and assistive software packages. Visit our technology section for more information.
As an internet shopper, you have the right to:
Many websites also allow somebody else to order shopping for you and have it delivered to your address, so a family member could shop online on your behalf and have the items delivered to you.
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