Today I would like to share the gospel of online shopping!
I enjoy being spendthrift but it doesn’t mean I’m penny pinching. I just want to make sure I’m getting the best possible price without compromising on quality and value. I’m not the type of person who may ‘scrooge’ on little things but then have no issues in spending $$$ on big ‘non-essential’ things. If it’s valuable and at a good price – consider it sold 🙂
For example – I really cringe on buying maternity clothing. Not because of the design or the quality. Just the price. $90 for a simple top from my local retail store vs 4 x dressy maternity dresses for $70 online – that’s a pretty simple equation to me. Online wins hands down!
Now I have been a recent convert to buying (particularly clothes) online. Because of my awkward body shape 😉 I prefer to try the clothes on to fit in person. I would be classified as having a rounded figure (above) so some dresses/clothes are a very good fit for my body shape and others not so much. I have to be really careful with what I buy online because it may look really nice on the computer screen but then I can be flatly disappointed because I forgot to factor in my body type.
So I jumped onto Pinterest and thought I’d find some nice infographics that could help me understand body shapes better so I can be more aware of the type of clothing that’s a good match for me. I hope it helps you too!
So as I’m getting more confident with how to shop for myself online – where do I shop? Well I have 2 main sites I personally use:
Boohoo.com and Asos.com. They both offer different things – for example I really like ASOS for the more formal and dressy creations for birthdays, weddings and ‘glam’ outings. Boohoo I love for a more casual look and something that I would put on for low keys events or something casual to be out and about in!
Other sites I usually keep an eye out for are Buy Swap Sell groups on Facebook and Gumtree (very popular in Australia and similar to CraigsList in the USA). Ebay is very popular and Amazon in the early days of being set up in Australia which should be interesting! Here are some pros and cons of these sites detailed below:
The biggest fear I had when I first started online shopping was fraud and piracy. You hear a lot of news about people having their identity stolen after visiting websites for online shopping. So instead of being too scared to try I went out and hunted for some information about online security.
After a bit of research to ease my skeptical mind I found one of the easiest ways to ensure ‘cyber safety’ was simply keeping an eye on the browser. Make sure you use HTTPS whenever you transmit sensitive information across the internet such as credit card details or passwords.
The browser should indicate whether the current page is encrypted through a little lock icon in the URL bar (see above in green Secure). Although the look of the icon can vary across different browsers it should be easy to find.
The world is moving quickly with online shopping so I think it’s important to keep an eye on what is popular. But also make sure you’re careful and prudent with information you send out into the internet-sphere 😉
I’d love to know what online shopping sites you use! Or, if you have any internet safety protocols you follow that you’d be happy to share 🙂
Have a great day,