Monday, 18 February 2013

The Pitfalls of Buying Your Clothes Online

Shopping is becoming increasingly easier as more and more technology enters into the world. All sorts of products can be bought and sold from numerous online dealers for a wide variety of prices. Clothes are no exception to this rule. Whether you are shopping for a wedding dress, the latest shoes on the market or even a nice pair of jeans, the possibilities are truly endless when it comes to buying your clothes online. However, buying clothes online is not always the best option. In this guide, we will review some of the most common pitfalls you may run into when buying your clothes online.

One Size Doesn’t Always Fit All

When shopping for your clothes online, you need to realize that sizing may be a problem. You may know what size you usually wear, but different designers often make clothes larger or smaller than the tag actually claims. For this reason, it is always important to try your clothes on before you buy them, so you don’t have to return them. If you purchase an article of clothing from a foreign country, you may end up ordering a garment that is several sizes too big or too small for you as sizing varies greatly from one country to another. Purchasing your clothes at a brick and mortar store saves you time, money, and hassle in the event that you need to return the items you have purchased.

Shipping Fees and Taxes

Depending on where you decide to buy your clothing online, you may have to pay taxes on the items you buy. Tax rates can be extremely expensive, and they vary greatly from one location to another. Shipping fees are another hassle that you will have to deal with when purchasing your clothes online. Many websites charge their own processing fees just for purchasing an item directly from their website. Then there are also additional shipping charges tacked on top of the price of the overall item, and depending on how far away you live from where the item is being shipped, what sort of a garment it is, and how fast you need it delivered, shipping can really rack up the price. For this reason, it is usually a better idea to purchase your clothes directly from a store, because then there are no hidden fees that you have to worry about. Usually it’s just the price of the item and sales tax, if sales tax applies in your area.

Different from the Picture/Description

Sometimes when you order a garment online, the picture or given description may show the item in one way, but when you receive your clothing, the garment may be completely different than what was shown online. Then, if you are dissatisfied with the product, you have to go through the hassle of returning it. Some online retailers refuse to let you return garments at all, and others charge you high fees to do so. When you read the description of an item, it is hard to know if that is truly what you are getting. This is why buying an item in a store is better, because what you see on the rack is usually what you get.

If you frequently shop for clothes online, you will find that some of these issues are very real and can be quite frustrating. In order to save yourself from a major hassle, simply avoid purchasing your clothes online. In this way, you can guarantee that you are getting the item you want, and you are paying one reasonable price without any other fees being heaped on top of the sale price.

About the author:

Jenny T is always shopping for suitable clothes and products online. Over the years, she has determined these occurrences to be the most problematic with online shopping.

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