Online Shopping


kspencer1
on Jan 04, 2012 @ 08:16 am

Hi Ladies!

Hopefully everyone had a great New Year!

So this year was the first year that I did my Christmas shopping online, and I LOVED it!

I was extremely satisfied with the customer service with the following places:

Forever21, Bluenotes, Bentley and Amazon

I received most of the orders the next day or within only 3 days of the order! Nothing arrived late and everything was of great quality!

I did however have trouble ordering online from LIDS. The order took way longer than they advertised for standard shipping time (I did give them leeway of a week on this, because I do understand the postal service can get busy). I did call to speak to customer service to inquire about the status of my order twice and received the same reply, "It will be there sooner than you think."... this apparently meant an additional 13 days.


Anyways, I did want to know if anyone has stores they recommend for online shopping, or stores they suggest not to order from, since I'm still a newbie to this!

Thanks!!
 

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curlysue10
All about the online shopping on Jan 04, 2012 @ 09:08 am



I did the majority of my Christmas shopping online this year too and was incredibly pleased with the service I received. Particularly amazon.ca was great. I ordered a few things one afternoon and received them the following day! It hadn't even been 24 hours. I was very impressed.


Also some online communities I used this season were Blurb (which I have reviewed here, http://www.chickadvisor.com/item/blurb-make-your-own-book/) and Etsy (which I have mysteriously not reviewed lol I should get on that, but other chicks' reviews can be found here: http://www.chickadvisor.com/store/etsycom/?page=1#reviews).


My mom ordered some items from Old Navy and was impressed with how quickly they came and how accurate everything was. Overall I have to say I am completely converted to an online shopper particularly for Christmas shopping!


As an aside, I ordered a laptop from futureshop.ca and was kind of unimpressed with their service. I understand that I ordered it during the boxing week rush which I'm sure is a hectic time so the time it took for it to get delivered is not what I am upset about. I am unhappy because I was eligible for free shipping which amounted to my laptop being shipped by MAIL!!! I am not impressed with this because my computer could have just been left on my front porch because it does not require a signature for delivery. Luckily our mailman had the sense to ring the bell and actually hand the package to someone but I fear what would have happened if he had not. This is crazy Futureshop, just crazy.
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mamaluv
I shop online all the time on Jan 04, 2012 @ 09:31 am

Living in the US as I do, there are tons of perks to online shopping (I know it's a little more limited in Canada, but fingers crossed that this improves soon!). I shop all the time online, both for special occasions and for everyday purchases. I am usually able to find a coupon code that makes my purchase just that much cheaper, plus I often use shopping affiliate programs like that offered by my Discover Card or Ebates (to name just one). These result in cashback in varying amounts above and beyond my other purchase discounts. Sometimes I can even pair these with a Groupon.

Just in the last 2 months, I've online shopped on Amazon, OshKosh, Old Navy, GAP, Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, Staples, Toys R Us, Macy's and several others. In each case, I was able to score at least the same price as I would have paid in stores (and in most cases cheaper than in stores) all from the comfort of my couch - nothing beats that! Holiday sales are particularly good because the stores are trying so hard to win our dollars with a huge variety of promos and gifts with purchase.

Nearly all of my shipments come without signature confirmation, but since we live outside the city, I have little fear of someone swiping my goodies. If we lived in town, I'd be very worried about that! Our biggest problem is that the UPS truck that delivers in our area has a problem with its oil pan and my hubby grouches about the stain on our driveway! Ah, #firstworldproblems....
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AlexJC
Online Shopping on Jan 04, 2012 @ 09:43 am

I was never an online shopper until about a year or two a go when I got super into it, which at the same time, was super dangerous for my credit card!

I don't usually buy clothing online because I need to see the actual pieces but I've bought make up, jewellery and cds, books and dvds.

I love amazon as well for books and music and dvds. Etsy has some gorgeous stuff too- and if you do a bit of searching you can find really great deals. I've bought online jewellery from girlprops.com and make up from elf.com.

I have a friend who orders online from Gap a lot and she loves their service- you can also return in store which is nice.

I also have a few places that I browse constantly online but have never shopped- thinkgeek.com, nastygal.com, bhcosmetics.com

I am very curious about ordering baking supplies online- if anyone has any good stores or any stories or experiences, let me know!
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shellsbells85
... on Jan 04, 2012 @ 07:45 pm

Ive done a BIT of online shopping this year, but I have to agree, it is tough when you see the credit card bill...its so easy to get carried away fast! I personally love Amazon myself and ebay is fairly reliable as well. Here, you can find cheaper S&H;rates than other places....thats the downfall I find is that some places charge an arm and a leg in shipping fees, ultimately making it more expensive than if you were to purchase in-store.

Oh yes, and I cannot forget about ETSY.COM...however, this is more for homemade and crafty items or things for parties and weddings if thats what you may be wanting. Everyone I have dealt with on there has been excellent and ships very promptly!
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LadyChick234234
I'm still paranoid.... on Jan 05, 2012 @ 02:32 pm

....about giving my credit card info online.

And I like actually physically going to the mall :)
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Yuri C.
Shopping online on Jan 06, 2012 @ 02:15 pm

I usually shop online for cosmetics, seems like Canada are more restricted in cosmetics and beauty products. Many of the products especially whitening and acne products can not be found here. So I shop online from US, Japan stores.

Only shopped few times for clothing online, I really like to shop for clothing online, especially the big brands in the mall. Just because the products are still in their plastic package, rather than folding, hanging, and many people tried it on. I don't know, I like "new" things.
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AngelinaRosaries
MEC, Amazon, Home Depot on Jan 06, 2012 @ 02:45 pm

Since having kids, shopping has become a chore, rather than the pleasure of browsing and looking at good deals, and even fitting the dress you like.

I am in Ottawa, ON Canada, and winter stops me from going out to get gifts. Here are the consistent stores that I shop online:

1. Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC) - Bob Stroller, climbing gear-shoes, biners, harness, kids wintercoat and toasty mitts, lounge pants. A coop, so you own it too.
2. Stonz - Vancouver base specialty store for kids hat, mitt, booties - higher end, but quality is superb.
3. Amazon - books for darling hubby and son and myself
4. Canada Post - I need those postage stamp delivered at home for my cards, got no time to line up for it. Arrived in 4 days.
5. Home Depot - always arrive in good time via UPS, one time a vaccuum arrived broken, but they asked the UPS guy to pick it up and returned.
6. Toys R Us - they got good deals at a good time. But expensive, so I seldom shop here.
7. trainsgalore.com - a US company who do not ship to Canada. So i ask them to ship it to my aunt in Calif, and she mailed it to me.
Prices are great from Thomas Trains, my kids are nuts about it.
8. ebay - buying seeds and plant stuff - i love houseplants and gardening.
9. Old Navy/GAP/Banana Republic - kids clothing. They always have a deal, free shipping.
10. Lee Valley - some neat stuff that you cannot find anywhere else, and durable too.

Angie
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Aliza
Love it on Jan 06, 2012 @ 03:09 pm

I love online shopping when I can. It really saves time more than money. Amazon is really great with shipping, so is Zappos.
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peggylee50
beyond the rack on Feb 08, 2012 @ 07:00 pm

I have become addicted to online shopping Beyond the rack is one of my favorites as they have a variety of items at awesome prices and delivery is fast, modinique is another favorite and of course sears...I do like to occasionally leave the house and go to the malls to shop, but not over the holidays as I cant stand the crowds..
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Ali de Bold
Search for coupon codes on Feb 08, 2012 @ 08:16 pm

I do a fair amount of online shopping and have found that it pays to do a quick search for online coupon codes before placing your order. Sometimes there are limited time codes out there that are not advertised on the site you are buying from. For example, I bought my baby a snowsuit from gap canada online and they were doing a 40% off sale. Then I searched for coupon codes and found a site that had one for an ADDITIONAL 50% off the sale price. So in the end all taxes in, I paid $30 for an $85 tax snowsuit. That also included shipping.
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