When given the choice between shopping online and in person, a lot of people opt for shopping online. Online shopping can sometimes be easier and more fun than shopping in person, but there are things you need to watch out. You have to be especially careful when you are purchasing shoes online. The size, style, and fit can all be a difficult task to assess when you can’t see and touch them in person. Which is probably the reason that brick and mortar shoe stores, while declining, are still in business.
Here are three mistakes you want to avoid when shopping for shoes online.
Ignoring customer reviews
Customer reviews are a great source of information. If the shoes tend to be smaller or bigger than expected or are true to size, the customer reviews will be where you can look to find out. You can also get more info about the quality, look and overall level of comfort. However, if you have ordered shoes from a particular brand or store before and are familiar with their shoes, then customer reviews will only be somewhat helpful. Whenever I shop on stores like Amazon I always make sure to filter via the customer reviews, and typically don’t look at any products that are less than 4 stars. Sometimes this limits the cheapest items available, but like the old adage says, “you get what you pay for”.
Not checking the return policy
Return policies may be a bit different when you are purchasing items online. When buying items in person, most stores give you thirty days to return something. If you purchase an item online, you’ll want to check out the return policy just to be sure you can return items if you need to and how have you have to do so.
Not searching for a coupon/discount code
One of the great things about shopping online for shoes is that you can use coupons and discount codes to save money on your purchase. For example, if you want to purchase a pair of sandals from Aldo, you can enter a coupon code when you are checking out. In some cases, you can get free shipping or a certain percent off your total. Either way you are saving money. These days there are as many discount websites as there are online retailers. Even if you aren’t familiar with some of the biggest players out there you can simply do an open search on google and find plenty to choose from. Or you can even opt for purchasing a discounted gift card to the retailer of your choice and going that route.
Online shopping has a lot of perks that people enjoy. Whether you are new to it or have done it before, it is understandable that you opt to shop from the comfort of your own home rather than deal with the lines and chaos going on at stores. You just have to avoid making certain mistakes if you want to have a good and fruitful online shopping experience.