Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Online shopping - Three things to check

I am a person who doesn't like to spend a ton of money on my clothing (as I have discussed before here and here), but occasionally I get bitten by the fashion bug and want something trendy. When I do finally decide to buy, though, I usually turn to discount shopping websites.


We all know that can be a gamble. We've all seen the wardrobe fails when it comes to buying online, and when you can't physically touch and feel the garment until it shows up at your house ... well, let's just say we have all gotten something like that.

The dress was supposed to be something like this one (not actual style ordered) SOURCE
 For me, it was a red dress. I found a '50s style swing dress that looked like it was made for me. I ordered it from the (unnamed) website, waited more than  two months for my package to arrive and found that it REALLY didn't fit. Unfortunately, due to the company's poor return policy (60 days) I couldn't return it, even after I explained the situation.

Lesson: a lot of these discount shops are cheap for a reason.

So how do you avoid these mess-ups in the future?

First and foremost, check the reputation of the online shop. If it doesn't have a good reputation, don't risk it. Check multiple sources, too; some of these places will use bots and fake profiles to balance out bad reviews.

Second, take a look at their return policy. If they don't have one or it is an extremely sort window (i.e. less than seven days), proceed with caution. Remember; it's only a good deal if you're able to use the product.

Third, where are they shipping from? It can be important to take courier time into account. As an example, PatPat (linked in this post) ships from the continental United States and I'm in Canada. I know any clothing I order from here will make it to me faster than something shipped from China. Continental shipping times and overseas shipping times can vary greatly (no matter where you live) so it can be crucial to know when you are supposed to be receiving a parcel, especially if it's needed for a specific date.

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Shopping for clothing online can e a hit or miss, especially when going with some of the discount sites, but following these rules can save you a lot of hassle in your journey to save money.


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  1. Great post! I am always scared of shopping online and you covered exactly why. Some sites are dodgy but look so professional and then when the clothes turn up they're not what you expect or just like you mentioned with their policies.

    1. It's terrifying sometimes. And yeah, there are definitely sites I wouldn't buy from again. there are good ones too, so you jut gotta be careful.

  2. Great advice! I'm very wary about where I shop online for this reason. Thanks for the tips.

    Faye Jessica |

    1. Tell me about it. It only takes one nightmare to make you want to try and help everyone else avoid it.

  3. This is some great advice!! Shopping online can either be good or bad and hopefully by following this advice it will be good :)

    Vikki |

    1. Let's just say I've been burned once or twice by it...

  4. Chinese knockoff sites can be a great find but you just have to be smart about it. Know the reputation of the site, and be realistic - if you see two versions of the same top on the site, and one is like 1/4 of the price of the other, you're going to get what you pay for. Also pay careful attention to their sizing charts because sizes there are different than ours.

    Britt |

    1. Preach! It is very, very true. I have bought from one that I like and one that I absolutely hated. The one I got burned on I hadn't done any research on them. It was my own downfall.