It’s no surprise that we have fallen in love with catalogue shopping on the internet. With the convenience of being ‘open’ 24 hours a day, and with enhanced websites that offer smart, quick search tools and better browsing options, we now have more stock at our fingertips than we could find in several shopping malls put together.
For online stores like isme, women’s clothing is by far the most popular department. Reports show that in 2011, they sold a dress or a pair of jeans every 12 seconds! Whilst other products including electricals, furniture and men’s and children’s clothing are also popular, 71% of the site’s sales are made in womenswear, indicating that the ability to search for different brands, sizes and budgets across the site is a major selling point for women nationwide.
3 tips for happy catalogue shopping
- Know your product
Take a good look at any visuals that will help you get a better idea of the size and quality of the product you’d like to buy. Read the product details carefully – a material that looks like cotton might be dry-clean only linen, whilst a sofa might be wider than you think. Reliable websites will give you all the dimensions you need to ensure your purchase is as expected when it arrives.
- Manage ‘buy now, pay later’ offers
Good websites will make it clear how much you will be paying each month. Reconcile this cost against your monthly expenditure to make sure it’s affordable, and look into interest-free periods to make the most of any deals on offer.
- Check delivery arrangements.
An online company is only as good as its ability to deliver your goods quickly and reliably. In addition to standard postal and next-day courier choices, investigate whether the website offers Collect+ – a really useful service that lets you collect your parcel from one of several local pick-up points, instead of waiting in all day for the post.
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