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Tips For Online Shopping

Fab Tip: Make Sure What You See Is What You Get

Online shopping is a savior, but it has its flaws. One of the biggest I've come across is opening up my package and realizing that the item before me is not at all what it looked like on the computer screen. Now, this isn't necessarily the fault of the retailer. There are inevitable discrepancies due to photography — colors and patterns don't always translate. This isn't reason enough to quit online shopping altogether, no way. Instead, I'll share a quick precaution you can take to ensure that what you see on your screen is what you will get in your hands. Sound good?

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When purchasing an item online, cross-check it with others of its kind on ShopStyle. More specifically, type the name of the item to see if any other retailer carries it. Since every camera, lighting, and model is different, this will offer a unique perspective on the piece.

Take these Guess Naibel Sandals ($81, originally $99). They looked pretty chic to me in this shot, but when I cross-checked them on ShopStyle, I changed my mind. Thanks to the other images, it became apparent that the tan portion has way more sheen than in the original option. No thanks. This trick is also good to compare prices.

sheena sheena 7 years
I check the consumer reviews that others have posted regarding the product to see what others say. For example, Urban Outfittersm Lulus, F21, Modcloth all allow you to rate the product and review it. People are honest and will tell it as it is. Great idea though about cross checking on other sites. I never thought of that. I just moved far away from any decent shopping, so I'll be shopping mostly online :)
sandiinthecity sandiinthecity 7 years
I end up returning more than buying, mostly due to sizing issues and quality. I've curbed my online shopping and prefer to try on clothes and shoes in stores.
mommie mommie 7 years
So far my online shopping experience has been bleak rather than gleeful. I still like the touchy, feeling way. I hate having to repackage and get to the PO or mail station.
kerish kerish 7 years
Great tip! My main issue with shopping online is mystery fabric..well some of them are a mystery to me....I have no idea what polyester and Rayon is...all my clothes are cotton or silk linen blend.Unfortunately not all website list the type of fabric.
theCatsPajamas theCatsPajamas 7 years
great tip fab! i've never done that but am going to start. when buying expensive purses online, i like to google the brand and style to see if there are any pics of people actually carrying them -- that way i can make sure i like the proportions.
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