Online shopping has revolutionized my life, most of our lives. Starting with eBay, where I had a small vintage clothing resale shop, and through Duluth Trading Company (I swear they stalk me through the internets, just because once I checked out their allegedly miracle underpants), online shopping has been a game-changer:
- I am freed from the Mall forever, and I am still able to find special treasures at the various thrifts and consignments in my neighborhood. If I need basic new tees, tights, sneakers and jeans, they are a few clicks away.
- I can pay with PayPal, and not give out my credit card number.
- I can shop or browse at midnight, or on Sunday mornings with my coffee. Text images to my sister and get her feedback.
- I can read reviews of products by other buyers. I can’t do that at Macy’s.
- I get packages on my doorstep. Need I say more?
My favorite online shopping sites include:
Swap.com. An online consignment shop that has great selections, more-than-decent brands, and low shipping charges. I just bought two summer cotton skirts and a white cotton sleeveless blouse for $20 total.
GAP. For basic tees, jeans, chambray shirts. The quality is usually good for casual stuff, and the sales are amazing. I wait for the 40% off days (at least once a week) when I need to stock up. There is a brick-and-mortar GAP store nearby so I can return items there easily.
Nordies. They’re not usually the lowest price, but the selection is monumental, from Topshop trendy pieces to Prada and Pucci. And, no shipping fees either way, and no-hassle returns. I just bought a frilly lace stretch bra and can’t wait to get it. They run a classy operation, and draw me in with sales and special collections.
So, what’s not to love about online shopping?
- The obvious flaw is you can’t touch or try on a piece before you buy. Once you know your size in a certain brand, though, it’s a cinch to reorder.
- High shipping fees if you purchase a small amount. For the above-mentioned ($17) bra, the shipping fee would have been $10 at some popular shopping sites.
- And my personal bete noir: Those pop-up messages that try to make you feel crappy about not giving them your email. Like: “No, I don’t want to save money,” and “No, I want to pay full price.”
Are you an online shopper or do you prefer the touch-and-feel method?
Some fab finds at the Nordstrom sales:
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