One of the most universal experiences of the modern world is the double-edged sword of online shopping.
Both a blessing and a curse, everything you could ever want is at your fingertips and just a few clicks away (and one invisible credit card swipe). But all too often, the package that arrives is not the package you were expecting.
When those adorable clothes fit you in a way only your grandpa would approve of, you have to ask yourself – what did I do wrong?
We’re with you. And we’re here for you. This list of pre-ordered musts will greatly reduce, if not totally exterminate, those boxed up unpleasant surprises at your front door. Just make sure you check everything off this list before you ever hit the confirm button again.
1. Do yourself the Google search favor
You might be willing to splurge on that cute new trend, but have you made sure it’s not half the price somewhere else? Search the item name and brand, and see what comes up – prices can range based on a company’s particular needs. Google will know how much it’s really worth.
2. Check the rules for washing
Hand-wash or dry-clean only? Make sure it’s easily washable, or really worth it.
3. Don’t skip the video modeling
Mannequins are always, always, always pinned up to make the clothes look like a perfect fit, not even loosely representing how they will fit you. Videos will give you that 360-degree footage you need to get a better sense of the item.
4. Also, check the customer pics!
See how those pants that you love fit all the different waists and butts in order to get a tighter idea of how it will fit you.
5. Read the return policy!!
If you aren’t 100% about the outcome but just HAVE to take the risk because it’s oh-so-cute and might not exist anywhere else, at least make sure it’s returnable if it doesn’t work out in the end. Otherwise, it’s lose-lose.
Happy online shopping, shoppers!