Diary of an Internet shopper wannabe.....
When I think of internet shopping, visions of people in stylish 'just got home from an important corporate job' clothes with glasses of wine oohing and aahing over fashionable must have things springs to mind.....at first. I then worry about loosing track of what I've spent and I think about people who've been sitting in front of a computer for days in their jammies who need a wash and are deeply addicted and in serious debt.....
I haven't been on EBay yet and I don't really have the time to 'bid' on things and does that ever get out of hand?! I start to worry about some creep stealing my credit card details and stealing my hard earned cash.
I start to wonder if it's actually easier to go into a shop and check things out for myself in the real world. Will that pair of jeans actually fit
Trouble is, when you see things on sale or available online, they often aren't in store. I often find I ring the store and the items aren't in yet or they aren't in my size.
So, when I put my Jamies on a few nights ago, I poured myself a large glass of wine and did some research......
I got a few 'vouchers' from Mimco and Witchery as I am a member, so I thought I would take them for a test drive.
Turns out there are so many things on sale online. This works well for me, however, there is a postage fee of usually around $10.
Buying from 2 or more different companies you wonder if it's worth it. I only did $50 worth of shopping on the weekend but paid $20 in shipping. I do realise I would have had to drive half an hour to get to the mall and they wouldn't have had those items in stock, still $20 shipping does seem excessive.
Then I look at the fact I am in fact getting designer jeans for $30 (if I include shipping) as they have been heavily marked down. And designer heels for $50 (this also includes shipping). Seems worth it to me when I can't be bothered and don't have time to visit the mall and spend even more money with the other things I see there........
I get on to my favourite site 'Geek', but I don't spend as I've lost track of how much I actually have spent with add ons for postage. I'll wait until I have received 1,2,3,4 items I have ordered over the past few weeks I think....
Trouble is...I see things so cheap that I haven't even thought of and decide I need them immediately, like do I really need a pen holder in my car on my dash? Do I really need an extra cover for my phone with an added keyboard when said phone has a keyboard of the screen?
Do I need yet another band for my Apple Watch when I have 6 already? Don't even get me started on the screen covers.....
All this is really cheap, but again, postage adds up if the items are from differing companies.
I get excited when the postie leaves parcels near my front door, I actually open the door before he rings the doorbell! but they are all for other people in my household!!
Waiting........there is mail but it's all bills
Surely they have to turn up today, but I have a long day ahead of me and I'm not home till nightfall.......
I tell hubby to text me if any parcels arrive as he's home before me, he just laughs......I reckon he will hide the parcels if there are any just to see my reaction, so I have enlisted my eldest to keep him honest lol!
Well my jeans arrived and they fit!
My shoes arrived, perfect!!
So…. a few days later, I tried to order a second hand Chloe Paddington Bag from a reputable site. I’m sure I got a knock off version but it looks so good.
There is a lesson learnt from this though. Had I known what to look for I would have known it was a knock off. Had I looked at customer reviews of the site……I would have known not to trust them completely.
I did do some running repairs and restoration on the bag…..as far as I can tell, at least some of it is real leather, but the lock is upside-down (a sure sign of a knockoff apparently).
I couldn’t fault the delivery, I got it from SanFransisco and tracked it to Cincinnati then Melbourne and through each customs clearance (that was fun I have to admit). Delivery guy was polite. I didn’t pay any more than what I would usually pay for a high quality bag.
I just hope it survives through Spring and Summer…….