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To my mind, online shopping definitely takes the cake for invention of the century! Despite the obvious advantage of convenience, many ladies still hesitate to take the plunge and are often disappointed when they do so. Never fear – these five tips will make the process much more pleasurable and far less painful!

Use the Size Guide

Seriously! The problem with online shopping is that you will never know whether their clothes run larger, smaller or true to size. Instead of taking a random guess, refer to the size guide to save you the hassle of returns and refunds. Obviously, you must have an accurate set of measurements on hand to make use of the size guide. It is always a good idea to have someone help you out with this to ensure that your recordings are spot on. In the rarity that the website does not have a size guide, try to get the low-down on sizing by past customers with a quick internet search.

Find Yourself Some Coupons

When I first started shopping online, I had no idea how fruitful it could be, not only because of the convenience factor, but also because of the moolah I managed to save by taking advantage of discount coupons. There are a host of coupon websites where you can find discount codes for all of your favourite online retailers. Do not forget to check out the stores’ social media feeds for promotional codes as well. Ten minutes of careful investigation can go a long way, possibly getting you those black heels you have been eyeing for months at 20% off. Sounds like a pretty good deal to me!

Search Multiple Sites

Glamdolls, I am sure that you will agree when I say that nothing is more disappointing than buying something, only to discover that the same thing is available at another store for ten dollars less. The same applies to online shopping as well. With the sheer number of online stores that have been born in recent years, it goes without saying that many of them carry products which are very similar, if not identical. Have you ever heard of price discovery websites? Use them. You are welcome.

Always Read the Reviews

Before you hit the tempting “add to cart” button, please, please, PLEASE spend five minutes reading reviewers from customers. These titbits of information can tell you a lot about the product which may not be visible on the website. Perhaps the fabric used it that stunning black dress creases far too easily or those palazzo pants are actually bright red instead of the lovely orange they appear to be in the photographs. Plus, if you are on the fence about purchasing something, a read through the reviews can be a great way to take the decision.

Understand the Return Policy

When it comes to online shopping, you are not going to hit the bullseye every time. There will be times when you have to return an item because it was damaged in transit, does not fit or simply is not what you imagined it would be. That is why it is absolutely critical that you have a quick glance at the return policy before indulging in some digital retail therapy. Many online retailers have a limited time for exchanges and returns, usually asking the customer to bear the brunt of the shipping costs. More often than not, items on sale are not even returnable so that money just goes down the drain. To avoid wasting your precious time and hard earned dollars, get the low-down on the return policy before you begin browsing.