Top 20 Online Shopping Sites

Monday December 31, 2012 by Alexandra C.



Fact #1: I love shopping. 

Fact #2: I love getting a great deal. 

Fact #3: I hate crowds. 

Malls (especially on Boxing Day, nay, Week) are places of craziness that I avoid. The line ups and packed stores are too daunting. Just the thought of waiting in a hot store with my bulky winter jacket makes me cringe. 

Like all of life's issues, the Internet has a solution. Thank goodness for online shopping. Gone are the days where you would have to get up early, get dressed and trek down to find good parking. I do all my shopping from the comfort of my bed in PJs and the stores are open 24/7!

If you're like me, you're making lists and planning your online shopping haul to take advantage of sales and clearance. So we thought we'd help you out by giving you some of our favourite sites to hit up. We wanted to show some love to the International chicks too, so we came up with 10 Canadian and 10 U.S. sites to visit.

Canada 

Ebates.ca: Shop some of your favourite stores through Ebates to receive cash back on every purchase! 

Clubmonaco.com: A great spot for anything from trendy office wear to cocktail dresses and loads of gorgeous accessories. 

Jacob.ca: I love Jacob for it's simple but elegant styles. 

Garage.ca: This is an excellent shop for younger teen girls and a good place to stock up on basics. 

Thebay.com: With Top Shop, The Room and Material Girl all under it's belt, they've seriously stepped up the style game. 

Chapters.indigo.ca: A destination for gifts, CDs, DVDs and of course, books!

Eluxe.ca: A Canadian site with tons of designer brands and great labels and names.

Nailpolishcanada.com: With a huge selection and variety, this is the place for polish for all Canadians. 

Ebeauty.ca: Some hard to find items and hidden beauty gems can be found here.

Murale.ca: Has some unique exclusive brands and best seller cult faves. 

Also worth a mention: 

Well.ca: For drugstore products ranging from lipstick to vitamin C.

Beyondtherack.com: Flash sale site for brand names.

Aldoshoes.com: Heels, heels and more heels!

U.S. or International stores (that ship to Canada): 

Forever21.com: For inexpensive, trendy pieces.
 
Solestruck.com: Seriously cool shoes can be found here!
 
Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic: Some great basics, but also work appropriate and some trendier pieces. Good for families. 
 
Nasty Gal.com: Unique, trendy clothing, shoes, accessories.
 
Freepeople.com: Cozy, comfy and boho.
 
Jcrew.com: Good quality, chic and glam.

Intermixonline.com: Great options for the working woman. 

Express.com: Mix of work wear, cocktail dresses and casual jeans and tops in tons of colours. 

Madewell.com: Basic cuts in interesting colours and patterns, a cute retro feel. 
 
Ebay: Don't discount eBay! You can literally find any and everything here and at a reasonable price. 

Also worth a mention: 

Amazon.ca: A destination for books, movies and CDs. 

Asos.com: A huge selection of trendy pieces at many different price points. Watch out for duty charges though. 

A little taste of what you can find: 
 

1. Long Sleeve Print Blouse, express.com

2. CZ Falconer Striped Sweater, eluxe.ca 

3. Parisian Chic: A Style Guide, chapters.indigo.ca

4. Teal Classic Blouse, jacob.ca

5. Skin Authority Brightening Serum, murale.ca
 
6. Deborah Lippman Polish, nailpolishcanada.com

Do you have a favourite online shopping site? 

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13 Comments

on Feb 04, 2013  jamiesheerin  124 said:

I love jacob.ca, with fabulous apparel collections

on Jan 08, 2013  lucy-o  465 said:


i really like shop.puma.ca and bench.ca

on Jan 08, 2013  Ali de Bold  STAFF said:

I do a lot of shopping online. Especially from stores like Club Monaco or Banana Republic where they have good return policies, or I can take it back in store. I find malls exhausting. I prefer to do most of my shopping when I'm away on vacation. It's part of the exploration of whichever new city I'm visiting!

on Jan 04, 2013  LissaG  5,960 said:

Great list! (But shame on you for feeding my online shopping addiction :))

on Jan 03, 2013  Racenhawk  2,464 said:


not a big fan of on-line shopping, I like to see and try on the merchandise for myself

on Jan 02, 2013  Patricia  4,778 said:

I agree with some of the Chicks here... buying clothes and shoes online scares me. I had to order shoes online for a wedding because the bride wanted all the bridesmaids to wear these shoes she found ons ale on Beyondtherack. Thankfully they fit me ok but another girl in the wedding had to have them stretched a lot!

I also wanted to mention Etsy.com. Great sight for handmade and vintage items! :)

on Jan 01, 2013  Lynn hall  2,171 said:


love online shopping though it depends on their return policies!

on Jan 01, 2013  cutie_marlena  2,763 said:

For Canada I've only used well.ca and Chapters from that list. I have to say that Amazon.ca is wayyyyy better than Chapters' site (They almost always have the same prices for books, except that you have to be a member with Chapters to get that price). Plus amazon has movies, baby stuff, and so much more! Both have free shipping on orders over $25. I just wish Amazon.ca was as good as their .com site, which is crazyy amazing! Well.ca was alright. I used it when they had a great sale on prenatal vitamins, but other than that I don't really find their prices all that great. I'm still really iffy about shopping online for clothes since you can't try them on first and you usually have to pay shipping (in Canada at least...US always seems to have free shipping).

on Jan 01, 2013  midnightsun2288  5,938 said:

I love Free People, but I prefer to shop in-store because a lot of their clothes are hit or miss. I also like Forever 21 and I prefer shopping online because there is just too much stuff to be able to see it all in store. I also like Modcloth.com.

on Jan 01, 2013  takoda  25,742 said:

I've shopped at well.ca for a few years now. They take pay pal and I've even received my order the very next day. It usually is three days, but sometimes you get lucky and get your order faster. I agree with KatelynRose 1984, I've never bought clothing or shoes on line because I'm always worried they won't be the same as it looks on line, or it won't fit. Then you have the hassle of returning it.

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