Online shopping habits

I do love to shop, I think it’s part and parcel of being a blogger really. I’ve always loved a good splurge, or even just a little treat (on a regular basis) but over the years I have definitely seen my online shopping habits change. I actually remember the first time I ever shopped online – and it was with the one and only ASOS, which was at the time still known as ‘As Seen on Screen’ and you could shop by searching your favourite celebrity to find outfits and looks inspired by them. I didn’t actually do this, I bought a random (and really tacky to be honest) homeware item – a pink night light that was surrounded in pink fluff. It probably said the word ‘babe’ on it or something. I seem to remember it cost me around £12. Random fact for you there.

asos online shopping

But that’s where the online shopping habit started – and has just increased ever since. There are some places that I will still always prefer to go in store for – Primark, believe it or not. Despite it having a brief episode of being sold on ASOS, I would still prefer to see it in store. I’d rather be disappointed in know the quality in store before I purchase than have it arrive and only have to deal with sending back when it wasn’t quite passable. Alongside ASOS in terms of ‘most frequent’ there’s also Amazon and eBay – both ones that I have been a pretty regular customer of for many years now. Amazon is basically the go-to for everything, if in doubt – Amazon will have it, and probably cheaper than elsewhere. Which is great for the shopper, no so great for smaller businesses or even some department stores I guess. But as a customer, I’ll always go for the cheaper option when it comes to a purchase if there’s somewhere selling for less. With eBay I’ve dabbled in selling a few items in the past too after wardrobe clear-outs, but found the amount made was never worth the time so now opt to donate to charity instead – but I am still partial to a browse of what’s on sale – it’s often a good place to find sold out items from other stores (Topshop in particular).

But the main way I have seen my habits change in terms of online shopping is how I know research and basically prefer to do everything online. From booking beauty appointments (I’d rather call to book a bikini wax than have to say it down the phone when others can overhear) to researching more ‘everyday’ things, like my latest gym membership or switching broadband which can be a bit of a headache. Basically, there’s not much you can’t do on the internet nowadays, and shopping has to be my very favourite – although bizarrely, we’ve never quite taken the step of doing our food shop online.. I don’t really know why as neither of us particularly love lugging a load of bags back from the shops. But I guess some things should just always be done the ‘old fashioned’ way.

When it comes to online shopping habits, what are yours? I know some people are still a bit wary of buying online – where do you sit? Do you have a favourite online store?

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  1. March 14, 2014 / 2:59 pm

    I agree, this whole showrooming thing with people shopping in store then buying online will be the future though I think, as it is so easy to shop online!

    Josie xoxo Fashion Mumblr

  2. March 14, 2014 / 3:09 pm

    its crazy how much internet has taken over lives. theres still something nice about clothes shopping in stores though. Sometimes sizing and things are easier to work out when you can try the items on.

  3. March 14, 2014 / 3:39 pm

    I know what you mean! It really stresses me out when places don’t have all the info for me to ‘preshop’ online even when I have no intention of buying. Even if I’m eating or drinking out I like to know what’s ahead of me.

    Usually if a shop/bar/salon/restaurant doesn’t have info online and you have to call and find out – they lose my business. With the exception of Primark of course…

  4. March 14, 2014 / 4:04 pm

    I am awful at buying things on ebay, my paypal account is linked so it is ridiculously easy to just buy things instantly! x

  5. March 14, 2014 / 4:41 pm

    Haha I never knew that’s what asos stood for! You learn something new everyday…!

  6. March 14, 2014 / 6:55 pm

    I’ve been wary of online shopping mostly because of the price of p&p and the cost of returning unsuitable items. There are a few online fashion stores I won’t buy from for this reason (ahem, boohoo) ASOS is great as it offers free delivery and returns, I think other online stores need to try and model this!

    • Jen
      March 15, 2014 / 8:08 am

      Totally agree, I was often put off of returning things because of the cost and hassle – but it’s so easy with ASOS. Not so much with other retailers though!

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