Since getting my first debit card at the age seventeen, online shopping has played a pretty large role in my life as a consumer. I absolutely love fashion, and I love the freedom the internet gives me to explore worldwide fashion even more. That’s not to say I don’t love a good mall trip, but when you spend 75% of your time at school, well, sometimes it’s just easier to get things delivered to you.
That being said, with the pros does come the cons. Besides the obvious things, like developing a shopping addiction, there can also be dangers in the actual sites themselves. It’s important to be weary of where you do your shopping, because trust me, the internet is crawling with scams! If you’re unfamiliar with this, I suggest checking out my article about the fraudulent company “Berrylook”. I’ll include the link to that article at the bottom of the page. That pretty much brings me to my first tip: always make sure the sites you’re buying from are reliable. Cross-examine the website for any questionable details, spelling errors, excessive sales, blatant lies, etc. Even websites that look reliable can still be cleverly-designed scams, so it’s also a good idea to research the company on google and read reviews about their items. Trustpilot is one of my personal favorite sources for making sure a company is the real deal.
It’s also a really good idea to familiarize yourself with the size chart before you purchase clothes from a website, especially if it’s an overseas company. A size small in China is probably going to be very different from a size small in the UK, because different countries have completely different standards for what a “small” even is. I myself have purchased clothes before that were clearly designed for a tiny Asian woman, even if the tag says “medium”. I have my personal measurements written down in my notes, and before I purchase any new articles of clothing, I always review the sizes to see what correlates best with my measurements. If you just go in blindly and guess, you’re a lot more likely to end up with something that doesn’t fit, and even worse, might be a pain in the ass to return.
This brings me on to my next tip: familiarize yourself with the online return policy, just in case a situation does arise in which you do need to send your item back. In most cases, companies will include a shipping label for you to use, but not always. If you’re not down for paying for your own shipping, that’s definitely something you should decide before you place your order and then decide you don’t like it. I will admit, I myself am much more likely to just give something away if I don’t like it, rather than sending it back to the company and going through that whole hassle. Is this attributed to laziness? Absolutely. Will I change the way I do things? Probably not.
Last but certainly not least, check reviews from other customers before you make a purchase, especially for shoes and clothing! There have been so many times I’ve gone to purchase a new item, but looked at reviews beforehand and discovered the product was poorly made, uncomfortable, etc. Photos can be deceiving, so even if something looks beautiful in the picture, you might be getting something extremely different. I love when customers post pictures of themselves wearing the products, so I can see firsthand what the item might look like on me. If the item looks cheap or poorly made, well, I’m probably not going to go ahead with that order and waste my hard-earned money.
Yes, there are a lot of crappy brands out there, but there’s also a ton of good ones! I personally love to get vintage-style dresses from Grace Karin and GownTown, and I have consistently been happy with the quality of my purchases. I also love to get my Mary Jane heels from a brand called Chase & Chloe, because they’re extremely comfortable and come in a variety of different colors. All of these brands are available on Amazon, so I highly recommend you check them out!
I’d love to hear your thoughts and feelings below in the comments. What are your favorite online shops? What was your worst online shopping experience? Let me know!
BerryLook: A Brilliant Scam: https://diplomatsdigest.wordpress.com/2019/03/13/berrylook-a-brilliant-scam/
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