In the past, online shopping has always had its drawbacks for me since I can’t see the items in person, I can’t try them on before purchasing, and I have to wait for the item to arrive (and ain’t nobody got time for that). Plus, returning things seemed like such a hassle. In fact, I’ve kept things I didn’t love that much just because I didn’t want to go through the bother of returning them (stupid, I know).
But this past year I had an epiphany about online shopping. Buy from stores that work for you. Let me tell you what I mean with these four stores little online shopping tips:
1. Shop at big retailer stores. I still shop at smaller stores occasionally, but big retailers that carry lots of items (beauty products, dresses, shoes, accessories, etc) are always my go-to because I can buy everything in one order. Having to order one item from one store, two from another, one from another…that just gets crazy. So find store that carry all kinds of different things to save you some time.
2. Find stores with free shipping and returns (with no minimum purchase requirements). Paying for shipping drives me crazy, so finding stores that have free shipping and returns is huge for me. Plus, trying on clothing at home is way better than trying it on in the dressing room. Raise your hand if you’ve come home with at least 10 pieces of clothing in your life that looked totally different once you tried them on again at home.
Also, I found a mail center right next to my son’s school that ships FedEx, UPS, and USPS, so it’s quick and easy to drop any returns in the mail, no matter who they use for shipping. I’d highly recommend finding a mail center in your area and using it for returns!
3. Fast shipping is a game changer. I’m not an especially impatient person, but waiting for items to arrive in the mail is torturous. Zappos is my very favorite for this because they have free 2-day shipping. I mean, how amazing is that? Every single time I order something, I’m shocked when it shows up on my doorstep less than 48 hours later. I also do a happy dance.
4. “Return within 30 days” policies are no good. There’s a store I used to shop at frequently, but when I had to return items a few times, I discovered they didn’t accept any returns three weeks after your purchase date. Three weeks is like three minutes, as far as I’m concerned, so I rarely shop there anymore because returning things is so stressful. You have to return items from Zappos within 365 days…so now we’re talking.
Are you seeing the theme? Find online retailers that put the customer first. They have an always will have my business. And save your seven dollars in shipping fees and buy yourself something nice.
I completely understand the dressing room drama with a wiggly kid. 🙂 I have really embraced online shopping. Even for my little ones things. It is just easier.
Thanks for all the tips. Now it is time to online shop 🙂
This was so helpful, Merrick. I completely agree about the free shipping customer service. Thanks for sharing!
I love your bag. I wouldn’t have known spit was a PPB one! Also, great tips on online shopping. I too have become an online shopper after becoming a mom!
Thanks for these tips! I usually always shop in stores because I’m very picky but these tips might be useful for later 🙂
I only order from stores if they have free shipping and a store close to me where I can return it. Anything to make returning easy. Online shopping tends to lead to the best sales but I prefer being in an actual store when I can help it. I like being able to try on a bunch of things at once without having to buy them first. Or better yet, find an item in the correct size in a store and wait for an online sale. Best of both worlds and no returning necessary!
I haven’t shopped at Zappos much but this sounds appealing
I am with ya, I am all about online shopping1
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