In-store vs. Online Shopping

14 Sep

The world revolves around the Internet so it’s no surprise that stores have gone online, with some only having an online version.  So which should you do, shop in-store or online?

A rule of thumb I have is always shop in-store.  This way you can try on pieces and make sure they look and feel the way you like.  Also, because you are able to see the exact article of clothing you’re going to purchase, you can check and make sure there are no snags, broken hemlines, stains, etc. prior to payment.

And if you’re anything like me, in-store shopping is an event—having a shopping day with my mom is equivalent to the way my brother and dad feel about going to a Cubs game.  I make a day out of it, and it’s something I do that makes me happy!

Online shopping can be okay if you have a lot of pieces from the store, like I do from the Gap, for example.  Gap has pretty traditional styles and cuts—so if you’re buying a shirt, and you’ve already got tons at home, it’s safe to say ordering the same size you already have is going to fit the way you expect.

If you are going to shop online—always check if there are consumer comments anywhere.  A lot of stores won’t actually have this application on their website, but sometimes you can Google to find responses.  The reason you may want to do this is to get input about how something may fit differently—someone may give insight to a boot that runs small, so to order the next size up—always something to take into consideration.
One more tip for online shoppers: make sure you pay attention to shipping and handling fees, they sneak up on you!

The main reason to shop online is because the store is totally not accessible to you, if this is not the case, then definitely take a trip to the actual store, and have some fun!

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4 Responses to “In-store vs. Online Shopping”

  1. robbielehman October 5, 2011 at 1:00 am #

    Absolutely agree here. Good post. While online shopping can be convenient and easy, I always like physically going shopping better (although isn’t it always exciting to receive a package, even when you are expecting it and know what it is?!). And yes, the times I do shop online is when I’m buying from a brand I am familiar with–I know how Nike shoes fit me, so I don’t need to try them on, for example. I definitely got the shopping gene from my mother, thanks mom!

    • lauriesthisvsthat October 6, 2011 at 2:54 pm #

      Deb Lehman is such a saint for giving us that gene! I just saw you in an “ad” for Raygun… did not know my big bro was a model!!

  2. Katie K October 6, 2011 at 11:57 am #

    I’m not a big fan of online shopping either… it’s too risky and I haven’t had a lot of success with it in the past. Clothing looks much different on the models than it does in person, and you can’t get a feel for the material. Sometimes the actual color of the clothing is even different in person! Shipping and Handling is expensive… I enjoy the experience of in-store shopping as well! The one store I will online shop on is Zappos because they allow free shipping and handling, even on returns!

    • lauriesthisvsthat October 6, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

      Yes Zappos is pretty legit! I just found out that there is a Free Shipping Day. As of now there are 507 participating merchants signed up, the list is definitely worth checking out. The day this is all going down is December 16, 2011! Just in time for those late holiday shoppers….AND that also happens to be my 22nd BIRTHDAY! (Coincidence, I think not!)

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