8/29/11

GUEST BLOG: Top 5 Tips From An Online Shopping Addict

Top 5 Tips From An Online Shopping Addict
…and free shoes at the end! Stay tuned.

Hi, my name is Tiffany, and I’m an online shopaholic. ;)
I went to boarding school, now I’m at a lovely university that seems to believe fashion is Adidas shower slippers & free T-shirts, & did I mention I don’t have a car?
Full disclosure: my online shopping mania led me to find StyleSays on a friend’s Facebook wall and then bother them until they let me get involved with the site. :)
So yeah. I shop online a lot, & I’ve learned a few things along the way!
"Yotam Solomon shoes" image via http://shoerazzi.com/yotam-solomon
5. Free returns: rarer than you think!
In my experience, less than 1/5 of online stores offer free returns. Can you imagine getting fined $5-15 for buying something from a local boutique and then returning it? Stores even deduct the cost of pre-paid shipping labels from your refund, so don’t be fooled.
Wanna know if you can get free returns on that item you’re thinking about? Use www.stylesays.com …but more on that below!

4. Try a smaller merchant!
Don’t be afraid to try a new site!
Small stores, especially Etsy & eBay merchants, are often spectacularly good about answering questions. You can ask them to hold items, to measure dimensions, or even for more pics.

3. Shop around, but not too much!
Comparison shopping can be addictive and 10 options is not always better than 1.
If it is indeed an item you only want to purchase on-sale, find a way to save it so you can come back to it later. Or better, spare yourself having to remember and angst and just get a sale alert with StyleSays :)
2. Don’t shop after 2 AM!
You’re delirious! You’re gonna regret this in the morning! Get back to bed, silly. (Unfortunately, I seem to do this a lot! Doing so has definitely given me plenty of shopper's remorse. -mimi)

1. Friends don’t let friends shop alone!
I know online shopping seems like an inherently solitary activity (cue image of blank-eyed girl scrolling page by deadening page) but it doesn’t have to be!
Friends offer a good reality check when you’re going crazy and they often know your style better than you!

Bonus Round!
Final tip? www.stylesays.com ! Try it. It’s the best way to shop online with your friends.

Throw out that first image. Picture instead you and your friend strolling down Rue de La You, made of all your favorite stores, & everything your friends have picked out.
With a magic wave of your hand everything that catches your eye—but that you aren’t ready to buy—is put away for later, never to be lost, and if it goes on sale your personal shopping concierge will let you know.

So get in line and for goodness’ sake be generous and share the invites with your friends! You’ll need someone to shop with, after all!

CLICK THE ABOVE IMAGE FOR MORE INFO
Invite 3 friends and you might win any pair of Yotam Solomon shoes you like—we’re talkin’ handmade leather pumps. After all, we’re all about sharing ;)

Thanks, Guest Blogger Tiffany!


[Edit: A reader asked me if this was a sponsored post, so here's the answer: it isn't! I feel as though this guest post was very useful for those who shop online, so I wanted to share with my readers. As for the links and references to StyleSays... I used to be an online member of ObviLux, the beta version of StyleSays, and when Tiffany contacted me that she wanted to submit a guest post about the "new" ObviLux, i.e. StyleSays, I jumped right on board. I loved to Lux items, and share my online addiction to the other members, and I'm sure StyleSays will be just as fun and convenient in that aspect. Glad to clear things up! If you've got more questions, leave them in comment form, and I'll definitely reply.]

15 comments:

  1. The Yotam Solomon shoes are really nice : O
    & Yup iAlways have some one with me when iShop for anything or I'll end up buying something ugly or yup.
    Nice guest post
    xoxo

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  2. Lol. I can relate to the tip on shopping where you get free returns. I ordered something on Free People a couple weeks ago that I SWORE I would like and wouldn't return, but when it came and I saw it in person... it was... meh. I totally resented wasting time and money on returning that.

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  3. haha, I'm really happy to learn it wasn't a sponsored post! ...I got confused because you don't seem like the kind of person who would have them. also I'm happy you like my new blog :) my style has definitely changed a bit and become more feminine and somewhat more creative.

    in response to your question, my boyfriend lives in NYC (my hometown) and I go to college during the year in a small town about 200 miles away. we're going to see each other for a weekend about every 2 weeks during the school year, and live together during winter and summer break. long distance relationships suck but we're in love so it's worth it :)

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  4. oh also those Yotam Solomon shoes are really nice!

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  5. Omg this will be so helpful when it comes to late night online shopping! Hope it lives up to the hype haha. As for my creative genius *sarcasm* I had a bit of a giggle while I was writing it as well XD

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  6. you have a nice blog!
    see my blog a tell me what do you think,please?
    if you like it we could follow each other.
    if you want you can add me to your friend also with twitter and facebook
    kisses
    miriamstella (from italy)
    http://isfashionmypassion.blogspot.com/

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  7. aw cool thanks for the tips <3
    always nice to learn something!


    :)

    www.fantailflo.com

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  8. Great post! I love online shopping and it's so addictive. I had to put myself on a 2 month shopping ban. That's over now, but I'm still on a shopping trim hehe

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  9. very interesting! "Don’t shop after 2 AM!" thats makes me laugh :D :D
    thank you so much for the comment to my pictures! hahahaha 400 thats still a lot. i can't imagine that i'll hav 400 at anytime!
    xoxo!

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  10. I'm so sorry to be late!! I was on holidays and I couldn't check blogger!! Thank you so much for your visit!!!! *o*

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  11. nice tips! i'm looking at the site now :)

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  12. Online shopping can be more horrible if you are not doing it correctly....aggressive skates

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  13. Thanks for this post!! I love to shop online, so this is useful. :)

    Online Book Shopping

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