Dear Shopping Savage,
I have yet to convert to online shopping. I've always been the kind of woman who likes to try on clothes before I buy them. A lot of my friends shop online but their opinion seems to waver with each package they receive. I want to try it out but I'm concerned about the hassle of returning, not to mention identity theft and scams. What do you think I should do? Is online shopping something I should try or should I just stick with the mall?
Scared Online Shopper
After acquainting yourself with the fine print, move on to online shopping base camp if need be: gift registries, books, CD's, electronics, home furnishings, etc. Once you feel comfortable enough to try your hand at buying clothing, start with stores
ost store's sites have ample inventory and a larger selection as far as color, sizing and styles go. Trust that the online sizes are consistent with those in the store.
that you already shop at in the mall. M
Since you don't have the
advantage of using touch as one of your usual "shopping senses"
, it's that much more important to pay attention to the details: read through the item description and materials used; if offered, u
se the zoom in function for closer inspection and scan through the multi-angle photos. As an added measure, look at the item in different colors (if offered) to ensure that you're aware of each detail.
You will find on occasion that even with time spent researching color, fit and construction there may be a moment of buyer's remorse or an unflattering fit, resulting in the inevitable return. Most online stores found in the mall have a "site-to-store" return policy to eliminate a lengthy wait for a refund, exchange or having to pay for return shipping.
Right now retail is like real estate; it's a buyers market. There's no rule that says you can't shop online if you browse the mall and vice verse.
Your bottom line should be getting the best deal for your dollar. Sometimes you get this by going to the actual store and other times its a better deal to browse and buy from their online outpost. So to answer your question, should you try online shopping? Absolutely. Should you be nervous about it? Absolutely. Fashion is all about taking risks, but just think of the 'world wide web' as nothing more than the portal to your 'world wide wardrobe'.
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