Since moving to the country from the city just over a year ago, my shopping habits have had to change. Online shopping has become my most usual retail therapy and trips to the shops are more of a special occasion these days. Over the past 12 months, I’ve learned a few things about how to shop online and thought I’d share them with you.
Shopping online is quite a different experience to shopping in store and it has it’s pros. The first is that you can try on the pieces with those you already have in your wardrobe and make sure that they do work before committing to them. You also have the bonus of being able to try on in the comfort of your own home which means no harsh changing room lights, no annoying queues and no awkward communal changing room experiences!
But there are a few tips for making sure that the cons don’t outway the pros on the online shopping front:
- Be prepared to make returns. If you’re not prepared to make returns when shopping online, don’t do it. You’ll end up wasting too much money as the chances of getting the right size and the right piece the first time are slim, particularly if it’s a new store.
- Look out for free delivery and free return codes. Delivery and return costs add to the price of online shopping and are costs that aren’t refunded if you decide to return an item. Almost all online stores offer free shipping and returns at some point, be savvy and keep an eye out.
- Sign up for newsletters and email updates from your favourite online stores. This is the best way to making sure you’re the first to find out about free delivery and return codes, as well as other discount codes. If you’re on twitter, follow our #sssavings for the latest discount codes that we can get our hands on too.
- Know your size. If you’re in the city, try to make it to the stores you shop in online and get trying on. Not only is it quite fun when you don’t often get the opportunity but it’ll also help you learn about the fit and sizes in the different shops and will, hopefully, cut down on the number of returns you have to make.
- If you’re not able to get into town for a good ol’ trying on session, order a few size options, if you’re unsure. This is where free returns come in handy. As with shopping in store, don’t be afraid to size up (or down) to get the right fit from a piece.
- Pay off your bills on time. Many online stores offer credit for their customers which is great – as long as you remember to pay them on time, otherwise you’ll end up stung with late charges and interest payments. If you can avoid credit payments, do.
Do you have any top tips for shopping online?