Buy Clothes Online
by Lance Lahara
Learn to Shop Smart for Best Selection and Savings
"You buy clothes online? You've got to be
joking!" My wife and I were having dinner around this time last
year, and I was looking over our latest Visa bill. Several of the
charges were from women's clothing catalogues I'd seen around the
house in recent weeks.
My wife assured me she was not joking, and
that, furthermore, she would continue to buy clothes online,
"But how can you know what you're getting!
What if the size is wrong? Don't you have to pay for postage and
'handling' when you buy clothes online?" And don't you remember
that genuine leather-look" bomber jacket I bought a few years ago on
my first and only buy clothes online venture---the fake leather was
as thin as saran wrap! Didn't that teach us a lesson?!"
My wife nodded. "Yes, you do know what
you're getting when you buy clothes online these days. The sellers
are meticulously specific about sizes. Photos and virtual modeling
take the guesswork out. And you can ask questions via e-mail before
you buy. "
But what about those bogus "handling"
charges when you buy clothes online?!" This one was always my pet
"Think about it," my wife said, smiling
patiently. "If you wanted to buy a jacket, would you rather pay $5
or more in gas and parking, plus fight the crowds, plus wait in line
at the store, or pay $3 or $4 postage and handling? Besides, when
you buy clothes online and order more than one item from the same
place, the postage is much less per item, and many online clothiers
will give FREE postage and handling with a minimum purpose."
"But the bomber jacket---"
"That was years ago, and we didn't check for
the return policy. Nowadays, many merchants have a 'no questions
asked' free-return-postage policy when you buy clothes online. Those
that don't---like the creeps who hawked that bogus bomber
jacket--don't stay in business very long. At least they don't get my
business any more."
My wife is disabled and going to the store
is a hassle for her anyway, so I adopted a wait and see attitude.
After a few months, I had to admit that the buy clothes online
method was the way to go, even for actively mobile folks. I've since
bought several catalogue items I could never find in stores, and
I've become quite a vintage clothes shopper on E-bay. I never
thought I'd ever find fifties-style flap pocket shirts with pearl
buttons again, and now I have them in several colors and materials.
Sure, we've had a few problems with sizes
and an occasional customer service person who was less than helpful.
But the net gain in convenience and the net loss in aggravation
we've garnered from staying away from the mall more than makes up
for the little glitches.
In short, a year after my little tirade, I
buy clothes online more than otherwise, and I recommend it,
especially to those who like taking the initiative and see the
notion of "Let the buyer beware" as a positive challenge.
If you're ready to take the
buy clothes online plunge and would
like a list of specific tips for smart online purchasing, I couldn't
do better than direct you to this site, which runs it all down
Happy hassle-free shopping!
Lance LaHara has a 100% positive feedback on his
E-Bay clothing purchases.
He writes unique opinion pieces on life topics for PulseMed.org.
His formal education was literature and anthropology, but his real
world background is civil rights and intercultural communication.