Sunday, May 19, 2013

Tips for online shopping

So ladies, today I'm gonna share my online shopping tips. Bet most of us shop more online than at the actual stores now. Well, I know I do because I can't really remember when was the last time I shopped for clothes at the actual stores. Must be in the last February I think. :) I even buy skincare and makeup online too now. Yay for technology!

Here are my tips for online shopping based on my own experience.

1) Research
This is my golden rule when it come to virtue shopping. There are so many blogshops and Facebook shops these days, so ladies, do your research before placing your order. Check where they got their supplies and make sure you are familiar with material types such as cotton (Sure everyone know this already), elastane, cotton spandex mix, polyester and so on. So that you know what to expect when you receive your parcel and you can generally know whether it is comfortable for you as well. I once made a mistake by placing my order without checking the material. I was quite disappointed when my garment came and totally different from what I've expected. However, I only got myself to blame because I was too excited to check beforehand.

2) Compare
If you have spent numerous hours on shopping sites on the net, you probably notice that the trends are somewhat similar. It's best for you to compare several sites that carry similar trends/items that you wanted, so that you can do comparison in term of price, shipping fee, discount, and delivery time. Then you can decide what's best for you (and your bank account too!). I only started to do this comparison lately because I got more exposure to others similar online stores other than the ones that I frequent. And guess what, I did managed to get a better deal too.

3) Review
When it comes to review for some online stores, Goggle is your best friend. Do read some reviews by bloggers. To help you to decide which reviews are helpful, first you need to differentiate whether the bloggers are sponsored or it came from their own shopping experience. Disclaimer here though, I'm not saying that review from sponsored bloggers are not honest or good because I believe that they only accept sponsorship from shops that they trusted. But you have to know it yourself what kind of services/products that caters to your need. From there you can decide whether it suits you or not.

4) Wait
Good thing comes to those who wait, this saying is so true. If you eyeing any piece or item and Mother's Day/Valentines Day/Labor Day or any other special occasions is around the corner, I'll say wait and don't place your order yet because sometimes online shops tend to have contest or sales going on for the occasion. See, waiting can save you a few bucks or better yet get more items for less than the actual price. But if you scare your item will be out of stock, then quickly snatch it away. I don't want to be the reason for you to miss your favorite item, I know how depressing it can be :)

5) Combine
If you have friends/families who love online shopping as much as you do, shop together with them and combine your purchases to save on the shipping fee. Especially if you are like me whom lives on East Malaysia, the shipping fee by standard is much more expensive. Some sites only offer free shipping to Peninsular Malaysia, so it's a bit frustrating for me. But there's a way if there's a will. I always ship my purchase to the bf since he's residing at Peninsular now and he would bring back my stuffs when he's coming home or I'll bring it back myself when I visit him. The only downside is the waiting period.

Again, I stress it here that all of my tips are coming from my own online shopping experience and I hope it helps you guys in one way or another. Happy shopping, ladies!


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