Friday, July 19, 2013

Online Shopping

This article was inspired by my recent online purchase...

I have been an avid online shopper since early 2000's when multiply suddenly became a venue for independent brands and budding entrepreneurs to introduce their product to a wider market. I have always fancied the convenience it is associated with. Aside from that, online stores almost always have cheaper products. Some of them are even cheaper than buying in Divisoria (plus better quality). But sometimes online shopping also has its disadvantages. So far, in my many years of shopping online I have had only great memories. That is until my recent online purchase.


I don't usually shop in online stores based outside the country for some reasons: one, the conversion rate of dollars to pesos changes all the time so you never really know how much they will charge you with until you receive your bill; and, two, they have different sizing guides (size 7 to them may be bigger in our local size). Though I don't really buy, I always like to window shop on said international online stores. They usually have trendier pieces and a wider selection as well so, it is always a great pleasure to just browse through their web pages. But I came across this pair of flats that haunted me in my dreams. It was the perfect ballet flats in my opinion and it was just so darn cute. One day I just decided to finally make my first international online store purchase. I counted down the days until it finally arrived. And because I really loved how it looked in the pictures, my excitement escalated to the 1,000th level when I held the parcel on my hand. But all that crumbled down when I tried the shoes on; they were a size bigger than my real size. Needless to say, I had my first online shopping disappointment.


There are perks and disadvantages to online shopping and you never know when you will get lemons instead of apples. There is always a risk with online transactions and you have to be aware of these things.

Pros:
  • Convenient
  • Cost-effective
  • Energy-saving
  • Wide selection from local and international brands
  • Rare items can always be found online
Cons
  • Risk of scams
  • Risk of getting a defective/faulty item
  • Risk of receiving wrong/incorrect product
  • You can't fit the items so you have no way of knowing if it will look good on you
  • They usually do not follow the same size guide as local sizes so reading their size guide carefully is important.

Tips for Online Shopping:
  • Look for trusted seals like norton, paypal, and others. This will guarantee credibility and reliability of the seller.
  • Always ask questions. If you find the descriptions nebulous, don't hesitate to ask the seller/customer service. You have the right to do so.
  • Read the description and size guide carefully. This will save you from receiving an item with incorrect size.
  • Read reviews. This is to help you find out other people's experience with the product/seller.
  • Read their policies and FAQ's. These sections will help you with customs duties and returns. Some online stores have taxes incorporated in the price posted but most online stores, you have to pay for taxes/customs duties when you receive your parcel. You also have to read the FAQ's for certain concerns you may have like returning an item.

Online shopping will still be something that I will do. I mean, it wasn't the store's fault that I received an item that was bigger than my size. It was a fault on my part for not accurately measuring my foot before placing my order. I actually really liked how the shoes looked in person. If it weren't for purchasing the wrong size, I would be so damn happy right now wearing my shoes even if I am not going anywhere. In case anyone is interested in purchasing the item, click here - that is until I decide whether I should keep it and wait until someone is willing to be her new mommy or if I should just return it and purchase another pair that is MY SIZE.
Top, Cardigan, Maxi Skirt: Thrifted | Oxfords: Trunk Show | Bracelet and Ring: Forever 21


Have a lovely weekend! :)

57 comments :

  1. Hi Jenn, thanks for your tips, really useful! You look very pretty, love the whole combo especially the cardi and the maxi skirt!:) Kisses! xo

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  2. cute:)

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  3. I def agree with your reviews about online shopping,You look absolutely stunning, i love your maxi.

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  4. ah i miss the multiply days, it was filled with unique independent stores.

    i like your skirt jenn, i feel like you're a really good shopping buddy because you have a lot of good finds posted in your blog, and i appreciate how your posts includes useful infos and are not just plain ootds :D

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    1. I really miss multiply, too. So sad it already closed. Haha! I am actually not a good shopping buddy because I am a nagger. I will nag you to spend and buy lots of things that may even be unnecessary. Pag sinabi mong cute or maganda, I will push you to buy it. So, yeah, I may be able to help you find nice pieces but you will end up broke at the end of the day. One of the reasons why I like to shop alone.

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  5. This is a cute outfit! :)

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  6. stunning look!!

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  7. I love the beanie accent. made a total difference!

    shall we follow each other?

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    1. Thank you. I just followed you.

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  8. Lovely pictures :)
    Maybe you want to follow each other? Let me know:)

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  9. It is not my style, but I think you are look very good! ; DD

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    You made my day if you follow me back <3
    Have a nice day xoxo
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  10. No more multiply sites now but I don't really buy stuff there. I purchase most of my items at facebook online shops and so far I haven't been scammed since then plus I also get close with the sellers. I like your cardigan Jenn! Your tips are also useful for those who are about to try the online shopping and those who are still in doubt if it's worth it to buy stuff online or just go to malls.

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    1. Yeah, I haven't been scammed too because I always try to read reviews/comments first before I do. Multiply was just my first online shopping experience so I was kinda attached to it. And, thank you for the compliment.

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  11. Pretty outfit :) hope you have a great weekend x

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  12. Your maxi skirt is so so sweet :)

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  13. Lovely color, and a great post!

    Ivana
    xo

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  14. Lovely outfit! the color of the skirt is great :D
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  15. Have a nice week :)

    New post - Kisses
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  16. I like the color of your oxford. :) Anyway, thanks for this. I never tried buying online coz' I'm afraid that they were bogus sellers. and maybe the sizes doesn't suit me. :) I'm following you now. Hope you can check mine. thank you! <3

    xoxo,
    SHERLAINE
    .never settle for less.

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    1. Thank you. It is kinda scary at first which is why you really have to read. read reviews, read their policy, and read the sizing guide. This is my very first disappointing experience. But that is all my fault. I will still buy online because it is very convenient.

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  17. I do love online shopping but because you can't really see if the outfit will really look good on you, there would still be a 50/50 chance that you'd like it or not. xD



    xoxo,
    Gelleesh.com

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    1. I agree. But thankfully, this is the very first time I was disappointed. But it is actually my fault and not the store's.

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  18. Great tips, very useful!
    You look adorable!
    xxx
    S
    http://s-fashion-avenue.blogspot.it

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  19. I really love online shopping too! I have had a few problems in the past! I have received wrong items and sizes but I still buy online! 24 hour shopping! I love that! Cute outfit! I really like your maxi skirt and flats!

    Rebecca
    www.winnipegstyle.ca

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    1. Online shopping can really be addicting! Thank you.

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  20. You look so pretty and that outfit is faaabulous!!Love the blue skirt paired with the collared shirt! :)

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  21. Thanks for sharing :) I so love online shopping too :D btw, you're gorgeous :)) just followed you on gfc :D

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    1. Thank you. I just followed you, too.

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  22. I've worked for the mother company of Trunk Show. haha! I miss seeing all those pretry Trunk Show stuff.

    Anyway, I love online shopping as well. MAas tipid magshopping online kesa sa mall. No worries about getting tempted to buy stuff na wala sa plano. heehee.

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    1. Really? Lucky, you! I really like their designs! Very dainty and kinda vintage-y. Yes, very cheap compared to malls kaya okay lang kahit andami mong bilhin. haha!

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  23. Very pretty, your maxi skirt is beautiful and I love your top :)

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  24. Nice design of the blue skirt.also nice looking on girl really want to buy these online.thanks for sharing.online shopping

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