Shopping for clothes online can be convenient in a lot of ways, but it can also present a lot of challenges. If you’re new to the whole idea of paying for clothes before you try them on, here is how to reduce the risks of clothes shopping online.
- Check to see if they have a good rating. Before you even waste your time looking through all of the clothes on any particular site, you want to be sure that the site has a great user review rating. There are several different sites that people use these days to rate businesses, and people often give very long and thoughtful explanations for why they gave either a high or a low rating. You can even look on people’s profiles to see if they are simply just whiners, or if they have some legitimate claims.
- Look into return policies. It’s always a good idea to look into a store’s return policy before you pull out your credit card. Most businesses will give you a reasonable number of days to try the clothes on and decide if you want to keep them. However, some will only give you store credit, or they will have a strict policy on all sales being final. If you’ve been buying clothing from that company for some time now, you probably know their policy already, but it’s always a good idea to check and see if it’s changed.
- Know your size. Oddly enough, just because you may be one size according to one brand, it doesn’t mean that you are the same size for every other brand. Knowing your size is something that you need to figure out for every store that you patronize. That’s why it’s important to take your measurements and check to see if they provide a sizing chart. If you are shopping with Broken Arrow, you won’t find one, so you’ll have to make your best guess.
- Ask for close-up pictures at all angles. If you’re buying used or vintage clothes online, you’re going to want to see the clothes close up and at a number of angles. You want to be sure that all the buttons and zippers are intact, and you’re going to want to get an idea of the texture of the fabric. Oftentimes, these clothes can look very different in person than they did in the picture. If the person you’re buying from is honest and wants to make the sale, he or she will certainly be willing to help you out a bit.
- Use secure payment sites. Whenever you buy something online, you always want to be sure that you are using a safe and trusted payment site. If you don’t, you are most definitely opening yourself up to fraud or theft. If the package never comes, or if the clothes arrive ripped or stained, the secure payment site is going to be your saving grace. They will come to your defense and you should discontinue working with that particular vendor.