Ordering Clothes Online

  • xKorix

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    Jul 31, 2007 2:37 PM GMT
    So I took a trip to Fargo earlier this month for some clothes, and with the cost of gas and taxes, it was an expensive trip. So I'm wondering, does it cost much more to order clothes online from online retailers and warehouses compared to retail prices? Has anybody had a lot of experience with this?
    I'm kinda thinking If I got the clothes that I got from Fargo, online, I don't think the cost would've been as high, even with the shipping and handling.
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    Jul 31, 2007 7:58 PM GMT
    I've ordered some stuff online shirts, underwear, etc. You can get some good deals online if you shop around. If I am not sure about the size/fit for some shirts or even pants/jeans, i order them from a store in which i can go in person and exchange/return if needed. Saves the hassle of sending something back and hoping the next shipment will fit right. Sometimes youre better off going in and trying it on before you buy because you never know what you will get!
  • GQjock

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    Aug 02, 2007 10:42 PM GMT
    Not a very smart idea...
    there are always variations in size
    ...the cut of whatever you're ordering may not work for you or the fabric might be different than you thought

    ....it'll be a long protracted hassle if you have to return something
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    Aug 04, 2007 4:28 PM GMT
    SOME TIPS

    -order within your country keeps things relatively cheaper
    -make sure the site is secure (the padlock icon in the right hand corner is "locked")
    -pay through a reputable online transaction agent (PayPal etc...)
    -if you don't need it right away, get standard postage
    -insurance & online/postal tracking helps keep you guarded from any problems
    -check their return policy & also what your rights actually are (when some companies say refunds aren't possible, depending on the circumstances it's illegal to flatly refuse a refund)
    -if in doubt, go with a well known brand that you've bought before & trust (helps eliminate sizing issues)
    -new clothes are better quality
    -the more information the company offers without you asking for it, the better (sizing chart in metric & imperial, multi-angle views, model wears garment etc...)
    -know your proper measurements (no sucking in your gut, laying down, give or take)

    depending on the company, i've noticed most postage would be around $10 standard postage, it saves you time if you get it right. if the garment is ill fitted, you're actually wasting time returning it so it depends on your lifestyle
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    Aug 04, 2007 4:35 PM GMT
    Many online retailers don't charge shipping if you order over a certain amount. Even with shipping, however, you'll beat the price of gas and time involved. If you have brands and styles you like, then you know your sizes already and can be pretty well assured of getting them right. Sites like Pricegrabber.com will even give you the best prices for what you're shopping for.
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    Aug 04, 2007 4:36 PM GMT
    i make clothes and occasionally i get orders from myspace but i don't have paypal yet so i give out my bank details to deposit money in. it definitely isn't an ideal way to run things but i make do with what i've got seeing that i'm not big enough to warrant the expense. the only online buyers i get are from friends of friends in different states and i understand that people would be cautious to drop money into someones account and if i were them i would be cautious too, just common sense. it's because they know me from other people that they've got something to feel less paranoid about.
  • Kohaku

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    Jan 06, 2008 8:50 AM GMT
    I've had only good experiences with buying clothes online. It's simple and fast, and discreet. Sure, you can't try it on before you buy it, but that can be worked around. If you have clothes of the same brand, base your sizing on that, or many sites have in-depth fitting guides for their clothes. Online sales are great, S&H is a pain, but not much you can do about that. If you can find several things from one site, I'd recommend that over buying one thing from several sites. It'll help keep your shipping costs down.