Though online shopping is already much easier than trekking through the local mall, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t come with complications. I love the convenience of laying in bed and surfing through pages of options from stores all around the world but I’ve had my share of issues that I now know can be avoided. Some things I’ve learned are super obvious but I thought we’re worth sharing. Keep reading below for some quick tips to better your online shopping experience. And if you have any other tips, please throw them my way
UTILIZE IN-STORE PICK UP
I’ve been lucky to not have anyone steal my packages (knock on wood) but that doesn’t mean I don’t get worried when I get a delivery notification at 12 pm when I don’t get home until 6 pm. There’s no guarantee that someone won’t decide to swipe my stuff. Of course I could have the delivery company hold on to the package until the weekend, but I always find that so inconvenient. There’s usually a long waiting line and I like to have my new arrivals during the week so I’m able to shoot content for my blog and Instagram. This is why over the past year or so, I almost exclusively shop at stores that offer a free in-store pick up option. It just relieves that little anxiety I have and I love that I don’t have to pay extra for shipping. Some of these stores include: Zara, Free People, Nordstrom, Anthropologie, Bloomingdale’s, Urban Outfitters, Macy’s, and Forever 21.
SET UP AN ACCOUNT
This seems like an obvious tip but I have a feeling that many people don’t sign up with online stores they shop at, especially if they are only buying a couple of items. I try to always set up an account even for small purchases because I always find a reason to look back at past orders. It also makes your check-out faster for the next time. I hate having to enter all the basic information over and over again. I feel it’s just a good habit to start doing if you don’t already.
I’m constantly adding items to my favorites/wish list to come back to them later. Don’t just leave items in the cart because there’s a high chance that the site will have deleted them by the next time you visit the page. It takes time to search for items so you definitely don’t want to lose or forget anything.
I used to hate getting marketing emails but now I find them to be a source of inspiration and I read them daily. This way I know about upcoming sales and new arrivals to the site. However, I don’t do this for every company. There are certain brands I stalk because they are quick to sell out of new releases. Another tip is to set up a specific email address for your go-to stores if you don’t want the marketing emails to take up space in your main inbox.
SEARCH WITH SHOPSTYLE.COM
I always use shopstyle.com when searching for a specific item. It’s basically like google for clothes and accessories. You can filter your search by brand, price, article type, etc. I find it most useful when I looking for something similar to an item that’s sold out or too expensive. It’s also made me aware of new brands and online shops.
If there is anything else you think I missed, leave me a comment and me me know!