Coming from a girl who is always online shopping, I've dealt with scams, terrible products, unprofessional owners, you name it! Here are some tips to help you online shop successfully!
Do - Watch Reviews
There a review for every new thing under the sun. You should take advantage of that. Before I buy anything, I take myself right to youtube or google & do my research. The questions you should always be looking for answers to are: Are they a trusted brand? Do they provide quality products? What’s their refund/return policy?
Do - Use PayPal
Paypal always provides protection if you don’t receive the product you were promised. Especially with the “Instagram boutique” epidemic, everyone wants a clothing store but not everyone provides quality clothing and/ or service. Save yourself the trouble of having to deal with unprofessional business owners who don’t want to give money back over a crappy product and go through paypal. It’s your best bet.
Do - Read The Product Description BEFORE Buying
9 times out of 10, the products materials are listed in the description box for example: 99% cotton, or something in that nature. Here's an example below!
Don't - Buy From Untrusted Brands or "Instagram Boutiques"
With this tip, it's honestly a hit or a miss. Never an in-between. You should also stay away from the instagram boutiques that have in their bio, “No Returns” or “Only Store Credit”. Which is basically saying, we get our stuff from wholesalers in China for a super low price, over price it, and if you don’t like it we won’t give you your money back. I’ve actually fallen a victim to this trick. I brought this super cute (or I should say, I thought it would be cute) white bodysuit for only $13 + free shipping. Good deal right? WRONG. The body suit was constructed TERRIBLY, it took forever to come & you can see my nipples through the material. It wasn’t even like I would be able to wear a bra under it because it’s a super deep v cut & plus the whole back is out. It was terrible!
Don't - Direct Message, Comment or Tweet An Owner About Your Order
Professionalism is always a MAJOR KEY. 99.9% of the time, an owner to a business will have an email address in their description box of their social media pages or it will be in a section on the actual website. Please remember that owners are people too! Do not be rude or annoying. You reap what you sow!
Don't - Buy From Just Any Vendor! (Ebay, AliExpress, Amazon, etc.)
This tip is dedicated to my ebay and amazon babies! Please be careful buying from just any ol' vendor. Check the star rating and comments. Comments by previous customer have some times driven me away from buying a product. Be aware that when you do buy from these websites, the shipping may sometimes take an EXTREMELY long time to come because it can be coming from overseas and it will have to go through customs, which is an annoying, long, and unnecessary process :)
Tell me some of your crazy online shopping experiences in the comment section below!