Online shopping has its benefits

Online shopping is a way for busy or lazy people to buy cute clothes, home decor, accessories, and more from the comfort of their own couch. Online shopping is not only convenient, but very easy. As long as you have a credit or debit card, you can order anything from any website. However, all websites have their pros and cons such as time it takes to ship, shipping costs, and price of the actual merchandise.

Amazon is one of the most basic online shopping sites. The site has many departments such as books, movies, clothing, music, home, electronics, and Amazon’s own electronics like the Echo and Kindle e-reader. Amazon’s premium program, Amazon Prime, allows members to receive free two day shipping and instant access to Amazon’s collection of movies, music, TV shows, and books. The price for Amazon Prime is $10.99 per month but can also be tested through a free 30 day trial. Without a Prime membership, standard shipping takes an estimated four-five business days for $5.48. If you need your product immediately, you can also choose from one day or two day shipping options. Amazon also offers free shipping for any order over $50. From experience, orders usually come in a day or two before the day expected when you place your order if the item was already in stock and ready to ship. I ordered a skirt from Amazon on a Friday and it arrived the next Wednesday even though it originally said it would not arrive until the next Saturday. If you order the wrong size, style, or type, you are able to print out a return label and ship it directly back to Amazon. Amazon also offers selling or trading programs on its website if the item isn’t what you expected.

Another site that I order from is Forever 21. With the closest store location in Coralville, it is sometimes inconvenient to shop in person. I ordered two shirts, a skirt, dress, and pants from Forever 21, and my total was a little over $50, making my shipping free. Shipping did take a little longer than Amazon, about nine days, but it did arrive on the day that the confirmation email told me it would arrive. Forever 21 also carries more sizes and styles online than in its stores. It also has extra online sales often, making it easier to get more for your money. Forever 21 isn’t the greatest quality clothing, but is still worth what you pay for it.

American Eagle is one of my most worn and loved brands. Although we have two stores in the Quad Cities, I enjoy ordering my clothes from them online due to the larger selection of sizes, colors, and styles. I most recently ordered two shirts and a pair of jeans, and they arrived within three days on standard shipping. I also received free standard shipping because my order was over $50. American Eagle’s clothing is amazing quality, and their shirts are very soft and comfortable. Although the store does have high prices on some of its merchandise, it has sales and discount codes, so be on the lookout for those.

Something to keep in mind while online shopping is that different brands size their clothing differently. My tip for this is to be familiar with the brand before you buy it by reading online reviews or taking to your friends if they own that brand. This way, you can figure out whether the clothing runs small or large.

Anyone can become an expert online shopper with the right game plan. Shop smart by using special online coupon codes, take advantage of opportunities like free shipping, and reading reviews. As long as you’re prepared, online shopping has benefits over shopping in a store.


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