Only a few years ago, there was a huge hullabaloo about doing business online and the exploding interest in what we now call e-commerce (electronic commerce). But it was all talk ”despite noises to the contrary, little real business was happening on the Web. Most business Web pages were mere e-advertising, not points of sale.
But today, you can buy or sell just about anything online. Companies are beginning to approach the Web not just as an intriguing place to experiment, but as a market they mustn't miss .
In this chapter, you'll get a taste of e-commerce from both sides of the e-counter. First, we'll learn how to shop and invest online safely. Next, you'll learn the ways you can do business online, and learn how to get started.