Believe me I am in awe that I’m even writing a post like this because shopping is the bane of my life. Fashion & beauty mean a lot to me. Not only in an aesthetically pleasing kind of way too. As in fashion & beauty is the foundation that I have built my confidence and my blog on. But like everything in life there are always downsides. I have a love/hate relationship with online shopping and some recent experiences have made the ‘hate’ side a lot more prominent. So here comes a cathartic rant and I’m sure you’ll find some things you hate about the process breading this through. I’m also going to name and shame websites who are guilty of these online shopping sins. Be aware. No one is safe. Here are 5 reasons why I hate online shopping…
Usually this is a fairly minor issue as most websites such as ASOS, Misguided, Topshop do stock accurate clothing sizes. But there are some websites where you buy a skirt and a top in a M and there is a ridiculous discrepancy between sizes. Plus most websites don’t give you precise measurements of a single garment. They will most likely give you a sweeping size chart that tells you a size M fits a UK Size 10 but really they mean a size 10-14 providing you have some pins, needle and thread to tuck bits in here and there. The Criminal Website for this: NastyGal.
So let me paint you a picture you find this amazing dress online.. and boy oh boy it’s only £25. You click checkout because hallelujah! they stock it in your size. You attempt to find the cheapest shipping option because although it’s lovely, you’re in no rush. But, shock horror! The cheapest shipping option is £9.99. And don’t even get me started on the shipping options when you’re order online. More often than not it can cost the same as one of the items you intend to purchase. Then There is the issue of another additional charge thanks to customs fee’s. Although this is not the seller’s fault it’d be nice to have a little warning before I receive a demand from UPS for an extra £28.65 just for my package to be mine. The Criminal Website for this: NastyGal, SaboSkirt.
For most companies such as ASOS, Missguided etc Returns are an absolute breeze. A returns slip is included, the shipping is deducted from the final return and you simply drop it off at a PostOffice or Click and Collect and the whole matter is sorted. You don’t even have to email them – they refund you with no prompting. For some companies this is a completely alien process. A simple returns? Never heard of such a thing. Some companies are so warped by greed they refuse to even refund you in the first instance. For others they take weeks to process, and you have to email them in order to ensure that they refund you even when you know your refund has returned via tracking codes. The Criminal Website for this: DirtyLooks Hair Extensions (don’t offer returns), Romwe (need to email to remind them that they owe you money).
Sometimes not what you expected. Sometimes I need to remind myself that a hell of a lot of photoshop, styling and perhaps some pins and needles are going on in the photos of the clothing I see online. It’s a very different process viewing things online and in person. In person you can see the quality, feel the material, view the details, inspect the stitching. Online it’s all down to 4/5 carefully selected and perfectly edited photos. I ordered a dress form NastyGal last week and had no idea that the dress had lace on it until it arrived. It was disgusting and it’s being sent right back. What’s great about websites such as ASOS and BooHoo is that they include videos of the clothes on the model so you can see how it moves. The Criminal Website for this: SaboSkirt, NastyGal