Online Shopping Tips You Need To Know

 

It’s weird for me to even think of a time when I didn’t shop online. I don’t just mean for clothes either, nowadays I shop online for makeup, bedding, furniture, food, bras (note to self: I need to buy more bras….) and actually now I’m starting to wonder if there’s anything I don’t shop online for. With all that online shopping came a lot of, let’s just say trial and error on my part and now I’d call myself somewhat of an online shopping connoisseur. If you haven’t delved into the world of online shopping yet or even if you’re a seasonsed profesh’, here are my best tips:

 

shopping-online-tipsThink about what you want before you start searching. 
Once you start online shopping, it’s hard to stop. It’s ridiculously easy to accidentally spend hours at a time stuck in what I like to call the ‘scroll cycle’ where you’re just browsing web page after web page and then all of a sudden it’s hours later and you haven’t found anything. To save your time and money, before you start searching make yourself a mini list of what you’re looking for- even making a list just in your mind will do. So the other day I went onto ASOS to find a specific style of jeans and so I just went straight to the jeans section, narrowed down the search to jeans that were in my size and price range and then bam, it’s 10 minutes later and you either find what you’re looking for or you move on. 

 

Look everywhere before you buy. 
There is nothing more annoying than when you buy something and then one day later you find something that’s better and cheaper on another site. That’s a special kind of pain right there. Even if you’re fully fledged in the world of online shopping, you can still get caught out by that. Personally I’ve been using a site called *Lyst and it’s brilliant for checking a bunch of sites at once. It works like this: there’s a big ‘ol search bar at the top of the page, you type in what you’re looking (i.e, red bag) and then the site finds a bunch of red bags from all different websites and you just pick what you want from there. For the online shopping buff, this makes things SO much easier because you end up saving countless hours that you would’ve spent searching other sites.

 

Check the shipping and returns policy. 
You know what’s fun? (sense my sarcasm), spending time shopping on a website, you add things to your cart, you check out and then ohhhhhh hell no, they don’t even ship to your country. You type ‘A.U.S.T’ and you get a flitter of hope but then you realise it’s Austria, they ship to Austria, not Australia. Great. So before you go ahead and start adding things to your wish list/cart, make sure you check the shipping policies and returns policies of where you want to buy from. Make sure they actually ship to your country for starters, then check how expensive their shipping is and lastly, check the returns policy! There’s nothing that’s more annoying than when you want to return something, only to find out that the cost of returning the item is going to be more than it cost you to actually buy the item in the first place.

 

Check the men’s section as well. 
Sometimes the men’s section is where it’s at, depending on what you want to buy. A while back I really wanted a nice camel coloured scarf but all of the ones in the women’s sections that I looked through weren’t as thick as what I wanted, they had tassles and blah, it was just a firm no from me. In comes the men’s section, five minutes searching there and I found exactly what I wanted. Sometimes it’s worth opening up your horizons a little more to find what you’re looking for. After all, who’s really going to know except for you?

 

If in doubt about a site, google it. 
If ever you’re online shopping and a site seems too good to be true, the prices seem too good to be true or you just get a suss feeling about the website itself, google search it. A quick search of the brand on Google, Trustpilot, Youtube or even Instagram through hashtags and you’ll quickly be able to tell whether or not the website that you’re about to shop from is actually legit. This is probably one of my biggest tips considering I know a lot of people are hesitant about online shopping because of fear of being scammed.

 

Do you have any tips for online shopping?

 

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*This post was inspired by Lyst, they’re a super helpful website that I think would help a lot of online shoppers and all opinions are of course my own!
  • Danielle Beautyblog

    Yes! Love a browse of the men’s section for myself! Xx

    Danielle’s Beauty Blog

    • thesundaymode

      Sometimes you find the best things there 😉

  • Gabrielle

    Looking everywhere before you buy is great advice, to avoid disappointment. Good tip to check the shipping/returns policy too! Sometimes you can spend forever putting together an order, only to find they don’t ship to your country and/or charge a ridiculous amount. Looking lovely and natural in this pale blue shirt by the way babe!

    aglassofice.com
    x

    • thesundaymode

      Thanks Gabrielle! x

  • Add an item to your cart, and then wait a day or two and most often, the website sends you a discount by email! Even if it’s just 10%, it’s worth it!

    http://www.elleisforlove.com

    • thesundaymode

      Oh really? I’ve never tried that before! I know on ASOS they only save the things in your cart for about an hour and then it disappears!

  • Thanks for all these great tips!<3
    http://www.blogellive.com

    • thesundaymode

      Thanks Ellie 🙂

  • Tiffany

    Not sure I need tips in this area, more tips in stopping shopping online haha. Great post. x

    Tiffany Tales | Lifestyle & Beauty 

    • thesundaymode

      haha oh man I can relate to that 😉

  • Kim

    Shopping online is so revolutionary because it allows us to compare prices and see all of our options! Great post!

    Kim
    simplylovebirds.com

    • thesundaymode

      Thanks Kim

  • I am so bad when it comes to online shopping! These tips are so helpful

    http://www.petiteelliee.com

    Ellie xx

    • thesundaymode

      Yay I’m glad you liked the post Ellie 🙂

  • Oh gosh, I went through a phrase of non-stop online shopping when I discovered PayPal and was old enough to have my own credit card as well…. it was ridiculous how much time I spent browsing through sites and looking for deals! But, it does beat going to a cramped and messy store!

    • thesundaymode

      Oh I get what you mean, when I signed up for Paypal I was like oh shitttttt, there goes all my money, haha

  • This is so useful, I’m definitely going to start using Lyst, it sounds really helpful! I always tend to add items to my bag and leave them there because you’ll very probably get an email with an discount, so it’s definitely worth it xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

    • thesundaymode

      That’s the second time I’ve heard that tip, I need to try it out!

  • That’s some good tips there. I very rarely do online shopping unless I know its something i can’t get in store. I love visiting the shops x

    http://www.franklyflawless.com

    • thesundaymode

      Oh wow I think that’s the opposite to me! I feel like I only shop in stores when I can’t shop online.

  • I aaaalways check how much shipping is going to be (and if they even ship to Australia) before I order anything! I’m so about free shipping and if I don’t meet the minimum to get it, or if they don’t offer free shipping I’m so much less likely to buy something. Online shopping in Canada is a bit shit because unless the shop in based in Canada (or their warehouse is) then from what I’ve read online you may or may not get his with duties when your package shows up, and I’m just not really down for the gamble. I’ve heard people say sometimes they have to pay duties for ASOS orders and sometimes they don’t, so it seems to be totally random, but I know I don’t want to spend $100 on ASOS and then whatever I bought shows up and I have to pay like $30 just to get it (or whatever they charge). As far as I can tell they just make up the amount so I feel pretty restricted with online shopping here, so where the company is based and whether or not they can calculate duties and taxes at checkout is now the first thing I check.

    What I’m mostly looking for at the moment is knitwear to stock up for winter so I 100% check the men’s section as well if I’m just after something simple – a crew neck jumper is basically universal anyway.

    littlehenrylee.net

    • thesundaymode

      Yeah I’m the same, free shipping gets me every time. Oh wow I had no idea about that weird shipping thing with Canada, that’s awful! I feel like I would struggle so much with that because I’m such an online shopper. Plus it’s so strange that it’s completely random and not always charged as well?

  • Great tips for shopping online! i know I do a majority of my shopping online thanks to amazon =o) But if I am buying a new product I don’t know I like to read the reviews and see if it’s right for me.

    https://dreamofadventures.com/

    • thesundaymode

      Oooo I’ve never shopped on amazon before, not really!

  • Lisa Autumn

    I love that you talked about the men section.. love looking there as well!

    xx Lisa | lisaautumn.com

    • thesundaymode

      It’s like a secret weapon 😉

  • Shipping/postage costs are a big decider for me – if its says free shipping, thats like a no brainer for me LOL!!! I too also shop in the mens section, sometimes you can find really cool things and in a small size and it just fits you perfectly!! xx

    Susana | Style & Life by Susana

    • thesundaymode

      Yeah or even unisex things are a winner too sometimes!

  • Shipping is probably the first thing I check on every single page. $5 for a dress + $2545 shipping. I don’t think so. Reviews on pages are also quite important.
    Although I don’t shop online much, I do agree these are important stuff to know before buying anything 🙂

  • phoebe

    I got caught out a few years ago with a fake business. I only lost about $50 but it was such a good lesson, now I always research any business I don’t personally know or trust before making a purchase and I prefer to use paypal if I get a choice. Although sometimes paypal is a little too easy to use – it’s amazing cos if i have to walk all the way to my handbag to get my credit card I tend to not feel like buying it as much as just instantly clicking on paypal 🙂

    • The Sunday Mode

      Oh that sucks! It’s one thing to get caught up with a fake site but then to not get your money back as well, that must have been so frustrating!
      Paypal can be so dangerous! Somehow it just doesn’t seem like I’m spending money when I use it..?