Many people forgo the amazing time and money saving convenience of online shopping because of the risks. Shopping online for clothing for your children can be particularly tricky. Online shoppers aren't able to touch the materials, ask the sales person questions and there is always some residual fear about the security of online shopping.
Will the clothing fit my child? Will it be good quality? Will my transaction be secure? Will I receive the items in time? So many risks and questions. Lets take a look at a few tips and strategies to mitigate the risks and have a positive online shopping experience.
Are They Reputable?
Before you even start looking, make sure the site you're at is safe. This means a secure transaction, you can tell by looking at the URL if it is HTTPS then the site is secure.
Also look for feedback about the store online. There are many review sites and if the site youre shopping at has received many complaints, chances are youll find them online. You can do a quick search by typing in the name of the store and the word reviews, Store Name + Reviews into your search engine of choice.
The Better Business Bureau is also a great place to check for complaints.
Does the store represent quality brands and designers?
Look For Product Descriptions
What are the items made out of? The best online retailers provide very detailed descriptions about their products.
Don't buy something sight unseen - a photo or a number of photos are one of the best ways to make sure you're buying something you want and your child is going to wear.
Be Aware Of Store Policies
Before you hit "PAY" it's important to know what you're getting into. How long will it take to ship to you, for example, is an important consideration.
What are the return policies? A liberal return policy makes it much easier to shop online. A standard policy will give you 30 days provided the tags are still attached to the item and you have proof of purchase, but you may have to pay for return shipping.
Know Your Childs Measurements
Knowing your child's size is important however knowing their measurements will be an extra benefit. Because sizes vary, knowing their measurements can help you determine the right size for your child for any particular brand or item.
Share the wealth. Tell others about your online shopping experiences. If you have a bad experience by all means post a review however don't forget to post a good review when you have a good experience. Good reviews help as much as the bad ones and they ensure the stores you love stay in business.
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