Since we moved I have been shopping a lot more than usual. New furnishings for the house and clothing for me almost all done by internet except for the saga of the 5 tries it took to find the right down comforter and buying our new beds. Sheets and blankets were a combo of in person and internet shopping. We are supremely happy with our new beds, sheets, comforter and bed skirt. I like my new pillow and we are still working on blankets.
Oh, and there was the evening run to replace the French press that broke so we could have coffee the next morning. Essential.
I really want to talk about what I learned in the last month about shopping via the internet and hear from you about your experiences. It is so easy - its all available for a price without leaving your home. Once you start browsing, algorithms suggest additional items to look at and consider buying. If your local store doesn't have it then you can probably order it online.
Sometimes that worked out this past month.
We bought 2 pieces of furniture via the internet. A storage bench for our bedroom and a TV stand/cabinet. Neither one is high quality but we weren't looking for items to last a lifetime but rather to fit specific needs in this specific house for the time we live here.
The gray storage bench is working out well and once it finishes out gassing chemical smells I'll like it even more. It is a place to sit and put on shoes comfortably and will store out of season bedding. It fits well in the space. The price was right with the discount coupon that was part of our address change package. It arrived with no damage.
The TV stand is a bit weird, but the space we have available made it hard to find one to fit. What is weird is that the shelves inside the glass front cabinet are a different color than the rest of the unit. Again, it arrived with no damage. We are going to keep it as it was the only one I found that fit our needs.
And sometimes it just cost me money for shipping and return fees.
Clothing shopping has had a worse success rate as you would expect. I am pretty much through ordering clothing online even though I despise going shopping in person for clothing.
I will continue to buy online things I have successfully worn before and favorite brand shoes as long as they are shipped and can be returned for free. In May I got online 2 pairs of jeans and 2 bras that were the same/similar to ones I had and that was great. I will also continue to buy accessories, vintage or new, via Etsy as that has worked well.
What didn't work out in May was a too small maxi dress and ditto for a sheath dress; a too large chino skirt: and not as shown in the picture capris and a top. As a result, I've taken several stores off of my online shopping list and simply will not buy from them any more.
Do you like shopping online and how do you make it work for you?
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