What’s To Love/Not-Love About Online Shopping?

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.


Good stuff like this fab Ralph Lauren linen blazer for $20.

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.


Love my new lacy bra, from Nordie’s. Free shipping and free returns, good times.

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?

Stay fabulous,

Some fab finds at the Nordstrom sales:

Please be aware that links to vendors may be affiliate links. I do benefit from your purchases through the links on the blog.

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  14. Online shopping gives me almost infinite options. With shops, I am pretty much stuck with one or two in my area – most brands do not carry sizes over 14. And like you, I just love doing things at my own pace, at my own home. 🙂 But when I am in the mood for browsing the “real world”, then sure it can be a lovely experience, especially in such pretty malls like University Village here in Seattle.

  15. I like both really, but I find I browse the stores and then shop online … lol. And yes, I really dislike being belittled by those little pop up notes. Or web sites that want your email address before showing you the price .. quite common on skin care web sites these days.


    • how rude! I sometimes give made-up emails that I cannot mention here : >

  16. I would like to receive your posts in my email. Thank you. By the way, I think you are fabulous!! 🙂

    • Thanks so much Paula! I think you need to use Firefox browser, and under “META” on the right sidebar, just click on “Entries RSS” to subscribe. Or follow me on Twitter or Facebook if you like. xo

  17. I like both Patti!
    Online, and touching-and-feeling.
    Although, a shopping trip in the real world involves more coffee, luch, cocktail stops than shops :oD

  18. That Ralph Lauren blazer is gorgeous – please tell me it’s now yours!!
    On-line shopping for the odd eBay vintage bargain, shop fittings (rails, display pieces, coat hangers), flights and Lush (its cheaper to pay the postage than get a bus to the nearest branch). Everything else from charity shops, the car boot sale or off the market. Nothing beats buying off a real person. xxx

    • Agreed, the person-to-person experience (esp at a small shop) can be the most fun part of shopping! xox

  19. I love Nordies – best with free ship and returns (LOVE!) and huge selection online. They also price match and adjust within their timeline. I have to check out Swap.com – love a good online consignment shop! I also love THredUp for consignment as they offer returns if you take a credit – unusual for a consignment shop. Great post Patti!

    • Thanks Suzanne – I agree, ThredUp is a great shopping site as well, xox

  20. I buy virtually all my clothing online these days. I’m 6’1″, with no “tall girl” stores within a 90-minute drive. Now that Long Tall Sally has its online presence together, it’s a favourite stop. I also shop Lands’ End and Gap, both with a good variety of Talls.

  21. I shop tend to shop mostly online because brick-and-mortar stores often no longer carry Petites, or only carry a very limited number of items. But I’ve also found that getting out and exploring on foot sometimes yields a treasure that I wouldn’t have looked at twice online.

  22. I think it’s too easy to buy too much. You don’t SEE your stuff pile up. I don’t shop for myself (online or IRL) but when I would buy things for my kid, I would kind of go crazy. Somehow I find it easier to choose when something is in my hand.

    • Good point about over-buying. It’s helpful for me to shop for basics with a list, and stick to it. At the thrifts, I let my imagination take over : >

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