online shopping tips

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It’s no secret that I’m an avid online shopper. It’s not that I never have something shipped to me that doesn’t fit quite right, but, more often than not, I have a lot more luck with online shopping than in the store. First, I can browse and browse without my feet hurting, I never have to wait in line, and I can put something in my shopping cart and mull it over for a few days before biting the bullet and buying it. 
Since I know some of you have mentioned in the comments that you’re still reluctant to hit the “confirm order” button on your favorite online retailer, here are a few of my favorite tips for a great online shopping experience.
1/ Read the reviews I never buy something without first reading the reviews. It’s like asking your Internet stranger-friends about a skirt in the dressing room before buying it. A lot of websites give users a place to include their measurements, which can be so helpful when figuring out how something fits. I also love when reviews include things like “runs large” or “runs short” because it can be hard to know from a perfectly posed image of an item how it actually fits or lays when worn. Plus, only a review will tell you if the color is off or if the material isn’t as it appears!
2/ Check the model’s measurements For me, the most helpful thing about knowing a model’s measurements is her height. Sure, we’re not model-sized, but if I see that the hem of a dress or skirt hits the model above the knee, but she’s 5’10”, then I can gauge where it might land on my 5’7″ frame.
3/ Search for it on other websites I’ve found that a lot of the online retailers I browse carry the same items, so if I find something that’s low in stock, out of my size, or a little out of my price range, I’ll check a few other websites to see if I can find it. If there’s something you love that’s sold out completely, out of season, or double what you were hoping to pay, it’s always worth it to check sites like eBay, Amazon, and even apps like Poshmark.

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4/ Look up coupons Last, but not least, don’t forget to look for coupon codes before checking out! I’m registered on email blasts for a handful of my most frequently shopped retailers to make sure I know when a sale is happening. For those that I don’t follow as closely, I always make sure to check Retail Me Not before accepting the price as it is.
If you’re buying from a retailer that has a store where you live…
1/ Spend the extra to get free shipping… And then return what you don’t want or need later! This is especially helpful if you’re not positive which size is going to be the best for you (usually shoes) so that you don’t have to wait around to get the correct item in a mail exchange.
2/ Don’t use PayPal! If you use PayPal, you can’t return it in the store, so make sure to check out using your debit or credit card if you think you might want to return it in person.
What tips help you have a more successful online shopping trip? Are you, like me, totally addicted to online shopping?
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