Guide to Online Buying

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Sometimes, shops are busy and there are long queues.  Having spent the previous ten minutes standing in a queue for the checkout, many people are taken by surprise when they are asked for money.  Once they get over the shock of this unanticipated event, they proceed to spend an inordinate amount of time fumbling for cash, cards or vouchers in their pocket, wallet or handbag (sometimes all three), thus making everyone else’s wait in the queue even longer.  Approximately 50% of the people in the queue will do this.


If you are a regular online shopper you know what to look for when making online purchases. But if you are new to shopping on the internet, here is a guide to help you get the most from your online shopping experience.

Background

On every site there is a section called “About Us.” This will give you a little information about this particular online shop: how they started, what makes them different than the other sites, and what you can expect when you shop at their site.

Selection


Many online shop sites have a wide selection but just make sure they carry the style of fashion that suit your taste. A company that features more comfortable, fashionable and athletic wear is not going to be your cup of tea if you are on the hunt.

In addition to the type of brands they carry, check sizes, widths, and whether they carry outfits for women only or the whole family. Some online women’s shop sites only cater to women while others carry trendy looks for men, teens and small children.

Shipping

The true test of a seasoned online shopper is not only in the deals he or she can find, but how much they have to pay to get it to their home. Face it, you can get a great deal at an online shop site and by the time shipping and handling charges are added, you could have run up to the mall and purchased the same item for less.  Yet still there are specific amount that you have to purchase to get free shipping; only apply to some online store.

If you are a newbie, you can find sites that will ship your order free if you make a purchase that totals 400php and above. Then there are some sites that offer free ground shipping on any order.

Price

While you probably thought that would have been the first thing to look for, most online shops have all of their best deals on the opening page. You should definitely investigate these but do it quickly; they usually are only good for a limited time. 

But to be a pro at finding the best online women’s shops or online men’s shops, you need to dig a little deeper and find the Sale section or even better, the Outlet. If you can combine extreme savings with free shipping and the convenience of having your order delivered right to your door, you may never leave your house to go shopping again.

Guarantees, Return Policies and Secure Purchasing

Each online shop site has their own guarantee. Look for sites that will give you the return time if you are not happy with your purchase. Many wonderful sites even pay the cost of returning your order. Any good site should guarantee that you won’t find the shoes that you just bought at a lower price on another site for a good two weeks. Prices vary but many online shops will refund the difference in price so you can shop knowing you are getting the best price available online. And security is a major issue when you are providing your personal and financial information over the internet. Make sure the site you are shopping at uses high level encryption using SSL Secure s Layers.

Whether you need new outfits or you are checking out online designer women’s clothing, shopping online can be the quickest, easiest and most economical way to make your purchases.


Sources: GMR, Photos from Web
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