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We currently live in a world where online shopping seems to rule. A few clicks and almost anything we can imagine will be delivered to our doorstep.
I have to confess, I am a terrible online shopper. I believe that’s because
I've spent many years working in retail stores. I appreciate the entire
old-school shopping process…the ability to touch the item, try it on and then take it home immediately. Over the years I have tried to embrace online shopping but I haven’t made much headway. However, I do realize there are some positives about the experience of shopping online and I’ve also found a few favorite sites.
Admitted Benefits of Online Shopping-
Ease- It certainly is simple and convenient. Just search for what you want, click and buy. Then wait (often only a day or two) for the item to arrive on your doorstep. No driving, no lines, never closed. Dreamy, really.
Selection- The selection is amazing! Brick and mortar stores can’t possibly stock the vast selection of merchandise that's available online. Retailers have the ability to offer a huge number of items in many sizes, colors and styles in their online stores…while only carrying a small sampling in the actual store.
Returns- It can be fairly simple to return something you purchase online. Be sure to read the fine print when ordering. I prefer to be able to return any online purchases to a local store. I find mailing a return back to the company is a hassle…maybe because I dread the post office. If returning to a local store is not an option, I make sure the company offers free shipping on returns. I don’t like the idea of having to pay to return something that doesn’t fit or that I just don’t love.
A few online stores that I like…
Amazon- While I don’t shop Amazon for wardrobe items, I’ve become fond of buying everyday items from this massive online retailer. I’m sure I’m very late to this party…but I am finally on-board. My last Amazon order included…a filter for my refrigerator, a filter for my humidifier, a 12 pack of Lip Medex, an egg slicer and two used paperback books. I love that I can shop for random, unrelated, necessary items all in one place.
Tobi- I only discovered this site because I have a 16 year old daughter. She purchased two dresses from Tobi as possibilities for last month’s homecoming dance. Both were lovely. Greta kept one and wore it for the dance. The other was returned. Free shipping. While I haven’t purchased anything from them for myself (the dresses and skirts are about a foot too short), I do think they have some interesting options at great prices. Like this moto-jacket for $68.00
J Crew and J Crew Factory- I just ordered a fantastic skirt online. It was $44. This skirt is not available at my local J Crew Outlet. It's a classic example of the wide selection available online, even for sale merchandise. The stores just can’t compete.
ThredUP – Resale. If you like to shop resale, this online site makes it super simple. No more weeding through the racks at your local consignment and thrift stores. ThredUP allows you to search for a specific item. Sell you own clothing to them and rack up credit to use online for purchases.
The Real Real - Another consignment site, except this one offers only luxury brands. Searching for something high-end at a resale price? This could be your spot!
Nordstrom - Okay, I might love buying shoes online…and Nordstrom is one of my favorite sites. Why? Because they have an extensive selection at a variety of price points and I can return anything that doesn’t work to my local mall. I’ve found some of my favorite shoes at Nordstrom online.
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I’ve found that one of the best ways to discover awesome online shopping sites is to ask around. Poll your Facebook friends for their favorite places to shop online and you are sure to find some great options you might have been missing…
I’d love to know where you shop and what you buy online. I’m determined to move a bit further into the current century:-)
Thanks for reading.