Trying to follow the latest fashion trends can be expensive, especially if you do not have the time to look for a deal.
We have all heard this saying: “Insanity is doing the same thing many times, but expects different results.” This wisdom is particularly relevant when shopping online. But even though we probably like all unbridled shopping, it’s more than likely that we’ll make a lot of mistakes while sweeping the tracks. Whether it’s buying something that we do not want or things that do not match, there are common mistakes while shopping fashion online that we must avoid in 2020.
In this article, we will be taking a closer look at eight common mistakes while shopping for fashion online.
1. Saving personal information on a retail website
Keeping your personal information for future purchases is tempting. However, there are many risks associated with it – your account can be targeted and exposed. For example, if a complete retail site is hacked, the account information is the first available data for the hackers, making everyone vulnerable.
Also, from a personal finance perspective, you will probably have a much higher chance of spending money if you have already stored your credit card information in your account, which only requires a few clicks to purchase an item. Physical tracking of your card and manual entry of numbers gives you more time to rethink the purchase and make sure you are buying what you need.
You should never save your credit card information on a retail website, regardless of their security.
2. Shopping from unsecured and unknown sites
For a given product, hundreds of retailers could fight for your money. But all websites are not the same, and some may be downright superficial. You must take your time to check the security information of the site to avoid stories that touch.
A close friend of mine recently learned this the hard way. After buying craft materials from an unknown site, his credit card information was stolen and used to make fraudulent online purchases.
To protect yourself from this unwanted circumstance, you can take some smart steps. First, run a quick search to read shop reviews and check the online reputation of the retailer. If there are no criticisms or evaluations, be careful – it could be a new storefront created solely to counter previous negative assessments and evaluations. There are some websites dedicated to helping you with this. A quick search on Google can save you from imminent frustration. Also, when you enter the “purchase” part of your shopping experience, you should see the beginning of the website URL changing from “HTTP” to “https” to indicate a secure connection.
Always buy from trusted sellers and resellers. Do not send your information to a reseller offering unbeatable prices. When it looks too good to be true, think twice!
3. Not checking the website return policy
It is always essential to read the return policy when shopping for fashion online. In addition to knowing who is financially responsible for the return, you need to know how long a window should return an item and whether a reorder commission is being charged.
Sometimes, it is costly to return a defective item that you will prefer to just keep the item despite the fact that it does not meet your standard. Do not put yourself in this position.
4. Making impulsive purchases
We are all exposed to many advertisements every day both on the internet and social media. Advertisers are doing a great job justifying the purchase they’re trying to convince you to buy, but consumers need to stay strong. If an impulse strikes you, it is also useful to “sleep” or take some time before making the purchase. Most often, the urgency dissipates with the desire to make the purchase.
5. Not checking the size chart
If you buy shoes or clothes online for example, remember that every retailer, make and model has the potential to be completely different. There are times you buy inappropriate clothes online because you just thought it would be of a certain size. Consulting the size charts can give you a better idea of the fit of different items, allowing you to order based on your measurements rather than your usual dimensions.
Keep a reminder on your computer of current measurements and the typical size of your favorite online retailers. In this way, you can quickly refer to it during your purchases and make sure that when an item arrives, you will not be confused with a return label.
6. Not using promotional codes or coupons
Another crucial way to save money when shopping online is to take advantage of online promotional codes and discount coupons. You can find these codes on the store’s web page, in your e-newsletter, in published announcements or a quick online search.
Websites like RetailMeNot combines coupon code lists that can be easily copied and pasted during checkout while shopping online. For example, if you want to purchase a new gown from Best Buy, look for “Best Buy” promotional codes, and you can save a lot of money in seconds of work. This process is so straightforward that it should automatically be part of your online fashion shopping experience.
7. Not taking inventory of your wardrobe before shopping
Many a time, we buy something but on getting home, we found out that it is something very similar that is already hanging in our closet.
Look at your wardrobe and think about what you need before you shop. It doesn’t matter the size of your wardrobe, whether big or small, it’s important to keep track of what you already have before shopping.
By knowing what you have, you can avoid buying something you already have for years, and you have not had the chance to wear.
8. Not having a budget plan
So many people spend more than they earn each week. They shop at least once a week, often with friends, and add to their already filled wardrobe at least once or several times a week. Every week new shoes, earrings, jackets, dresses, skirts, bags: anything they see, they buy. They cannot afford this level of spending and, as a result, their finances are in a very precarious situation. With time, it can become a ferocious circle, surrounded by silence and embarrassment, sometimes humiliation.
There are great ways to avoid the target effect, but it’s a planning problem. Decide how much you want to spend before shopping online to get a better sense of what you can afford. Having a budget plan will save you from getting into unnecessary debt.
Online fashion shopping can bring a whole lot of discounts, endless selection, and comfortable shopping experience, but it can also be dangerous. If this compromises your identity or your budget, the repercussions can be severe and lasting. But still it is good to have a personal shopper to assist you.
Of course, look for offers and use discounts to get the best item at the best price, but make sure you do it safely. Otherwise, you could suffer the consequences.
We would like to hear from you. Do you have any hints for being smart and safe when shopping fashion online?