I had so much fun reading through your biggest online shopping mistake stories. There were a lot of funny ones and it seems like a lot of us are stuck with stuff that we don't really want! I chose a few that particularly stood out to me and wanted to share...
Lisa - respect the shoes: I'm not sure if this is necessarily my biggest online mistake or just my most recent, haha, but a pair of expensive shoes I have no business wearing finally hit sale and I had to snag them. A few days later before I received my order, the retailer offered an additional discount on sale items, so I figured I could just order the same shoes again to get the discount and just return the first pair. I totally forgot about their "final sale" (i.e., no returns on sale items) policy so now I have two pairs of the same shoes - worst yet, the shoes don't look super-awesome on me, so I haven't even worn them yet! Ugh for expensive mistakes!
I have done this too! Now I know, always check if it's Final Sale or not. Sometimes though I find that the hassle of returnng certain things isn't even worth the sale price anyways!
swanprincess: I think the mistakes I did a lot regarding buying things online was that I read bloggers review on clothing and shoes and raving about items that they purchased, than I would get excited and follow in their footsteps, thinking if the items looks good on them, then the items might work out for me too. But not always, some items would be either tight/big or weird on me. Than end up making a drive to the mall to return the items. Sigh....I know I should learned from my mistakes, but sometimes I got tempted by all the petites bloggers buying all nice stuff. Couldn't resist when stores having sale :D
I love this because as a blogger and the time spent reading blogs, I've been sucked into this all the time. It does help when people give accurate sizing and measurements but sometimes it just looks so cute on them that I have to have it!
Chic Work Wear: I would have to say that my biggest online shopping mistake was getting our destination wedding coordinator online based on nothing but the beautiful website they had. It was a disaster, they quoted us a great rate for our group package and then it turned out that the hotel was in the Dominican where our wedding was taking place, but the flights had been booked to Cancun! When we went back to them, the price increased by over $200 per person, which we ended up paying for because we didn't want our guests to know! Additionally, everytime, I had a question regarding the venue, they would just forward my emails to the hotel's wedding coordinator! I eventually caught on that it would be easier for me to deal directly with the hotel since the wedding coordinator we paid thousands of dollars to didn't even speak Spanish, but I did. Luckily, we also paid with our American Express card and when they tried to charge us for services that I'd coordinated directly with the hotel, AMEX was on our side and made at least that situation a bit more bearable! I would never book actual services online again without actually seeing the person I am hiring physically and having an in-person conversation! I learned my lesson in a very difficult and expensive manner... :(
Oh man, that's terrible. Sorry you had to go through that! Being that I planned a destination wedding as well and looked into destination wedding planners, I almost got caught into the same thing. Thank goodness I read some online reviews about the planners and opted to just plan from far away and play phone/email tag with the onsite wedding coordinator. I have heard lots of crazy stories with wedding planners so it's always great to hire one that has plenty of reviews from brides!
Jen: The funniest was probably an online furniture purchase - I found a good deal on a leather armchair through Target's website. The dimensions of the chair weren't listed, but the package size was - and by my (flawed) estimation, sounded like it would be the perfect size to fit in our living room (and the shipping was free, bonus!). Well, the ginormous box barely fit through our front door, yet after digging through all the packaging, the resulting chair was TINY! To compound the problem, we couldn't send it back through the mail, and the box was too big to fit in either my or my husband's cars. Thankfully, my friend with an SUV took pity on us, so her husband and my husband loaded the reject chair into the back of their truck, and helped us lug the thing into the store (a whole other ordeal, thanks to the layout of the parking garage and the store itself). What a nightmare - I'll never purchase furniture online again, no matter how great a deal!
I had to laugh at this one because I could imagine myself doing the same thing. I'm horrible at measuring spaces so would probably buy furniture that would be too big or too small too. I'm glad your friend was kind enough to take it back to the store with you!
Breezer: My biggest online shopping mistake is an ongoing one, and sometimes it's helpful, sometimes I think it's a mistake. I can very easily get sucked into the "spend $75, get free shipping deals." If I'm at $55 and shipping is already $10, then I think, "Well, wouldn't I rather spend an extra $20 and get an item?" rather than spend $10 for shipping alone. So sometimes I end up overspending because of this!
This is ALWAYS me at Christmas time. I'll order a present for someone and then notice that I need to get to X amount for free shipping so I always end up adding something extra for me :) haha, it's terrible, but I always feel like I would rather have something than pay for the shipping. Sometimes though, it's not worth it to add the extra expense. Definitely have to watch for that this holiday season!
And the winner of the $250 giftcard (which was chosen randomly from the comments from this post and this post and tweets/facebook comments) is... Truc who left this comment:
My biggest online shopping mistake was not buying shipping insurance for a high ticket ebay item. I won an auction for an expensive pan at more than half off the retail price. When it came time to check out, i opted not to pay the shipping insurance because I never had any troubles with items getting sent to me before AND i come from a frugal Asian family who never believes in paying insurance for any purchases. Apparently there was a thief either at the post office or at my apartment complex because items that i had purchased online never showed up on my doorstop despite tracking saying that it had arrived, including my ebay purchase. I tried to get my money back from paypal but they said that since i had not opted to pay for shipping insurance, the fault was mine. So i lost money ... but was more pissed off about the pan because i had been eyeing it forever.
Congrats Truc! Sorry you lost out on your package but hopefully this will make up for it! :) Your prize is a $250 giftcard from American Express Membership Rewards. Please email me (tiffany at iamstyle-ish.com) with your giftcard choices. You can choose from:
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