Online Shopping Guide: Things About Zara, Uniqlo & Others You Didn’t Know
Think about how we used to shop 20 years ago. Would you have predicted that online shopping would become responsible for how almost 50 per cent of the world shops? In fact, not only have companies such as Amazon, Uniqlo and ZARA changed how we shop, with same-day delivery and technological advancements like augmented reality, online shopping has completely revolutionized how we make purchases in the 21st century. It’s become so convenient that most of us don’t even bother so much with in-store shopping anymore.
And while most e-commerce stores have streamlined their buying processes to ensure the shopping experiences is as seamless as possible, are you truly maximizing each and every site’s potential? As self-proclaimed online shopping experts (well, we do have years of experience), we went through some of the most popular online shopping sites to see how the experience differs from site to site and the advantages that you should definitely be taking note of.
Here’s are some of the things we learnt, as well as some of our favourite features.
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ZARA’s fit assistant feature
While online shopping is great for people who have no time to physically shop, the downside is the gamble you have to take when it comes to fit. Sites like ZARA as well as ASOS have a fit assistant that advises you on what size you should be buying. The feature takes note of your weight, height, fit preferences, age and body type to give you the best size recommendation. ASOS even takes data from your previous purchases as well as what you have returned to calculate the best fit for you.
Uniqlo’s online-exclusive extended sizes
If you love shopping at Uniqlo but feel that their sizes tend to be limited in stores, it might be worth heading to their online-store instead. The brand offers sizes such as XXS and XXL for selected tops and bottoms and up to a G cup for their bras.
Pomelo’s try first, pay later scheme
The pros about shopping from Pomelo’s online inventory? You’re privy to thousands of options and weekly new arrivals. The cons? Going overzealous with the choices and adding an extra eight more items “just for fun”. If you hate fronting the extra cash first and then waiting weeks for your refund to get processed, Pomelo allows you to reserve your options first at no extra cost, and then paying only for the items you wish to keep. The only catch is that you’ll have to try the items on at the store.
ASOS’s permanent student discount code (well, at least until you graduate)
Did you know that ASOS offers 10% off that can be used at any time to anyone that is a student? Yes, anyone regardless of age or school! As long as you are officially enrolled in school and have a valid student email address from one of the shortlisted countries (lucky for us, Singapore is in that list), all you have to do is fill up a form to receive the accreditation and ASOS will email you a unique discount code. Now, this code is specific to the user, so it doesn’t work if you pass the code around. If you’re not a student, it’s probably time to start sucking up to your younger siblings or friends who happen to still be in school!
Fashion Nova's abandoned cart discounts
The great thing about online shopping is that unless it’s a time-sensitive exclusive, you have plenty of time to mull over your purchases. And while you think it over, you can either do a price check on other sites to see if there are similar items for cheaper or search for an online coupon. Sites like Fashion Nova actually try to entice you to return to your abandoned cart by sending you emails with an additional discount. So, if you’re ever unsure of your purchase, abandon them for the time being and wait for that sweet, sweet email to come through. And if it’s gone, then you probably didn’t want it that bad in the first place. Win-win!
Use a shopping browser extension like Honey
Honey is a browser extension that helps you to sift through the internet and automatically price-matches and applies coupons for you. It’s been so popular and useful that even sites like Amazon have been attempting to warn their customer to prevent them from using it. C’mon Amazon, we’re poor and need our discounts too! The extension works on almost all browsers including Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari, and Opera.