Finding good quality online isn’t always easy. The internet is a murky world of dodgy sites and low quality gear trying to pass off as designer labels.
Hey, it might be a jungle out there, but we’re here to help you navigate. Scroll through to find the best places to shop online, as well as the online stores that offer the fastest shipping, free shipping, the highest quality clothes... or just the cheapest. We can help you find fashion, beauty, homewares, electronics, gifts and much more online.
Whatever you need, we've got you covered with our guide to online shopping.
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An Australian-based website, THE ICONIC is a major online clothes site stocking Australian and international designers.
THE ICONIC is your go-to shop for fashion you want fast: it offers three-hour delivery within Sydney and Melbourne. It stocks both men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, accessories and exercise gear, with Australian and international brands such as Tony Bianco, Sass & Bide, Cooper St, River Island, Camilla & Marc and Finders Keepers.
One of the largest online shopping sites worldwide, ASOS is a favourite amongst online shoppers.
Although it started in the UK, ASOS proved to be so popular in Australia that it opened an Australian store in 2011. ASOS stocks hundreds of fashion brands for both men and women, and it's one of the most trusted online clothing shops around.
It’s young, fun fashion at prices the Gen Y crowd can afford. Missguided’s Australian store stocks dresses, playsuits, crop tops, heels, boots, flats, accessories and anything else you might see at a summer festival.
An online shopping site that specialises in fun, affordable fashion.
Boohoo has thousands of cutting-edge styles for both men and women, and it launches 100 new pieces every day. If you like your fashion fun, flirty and easy on the wallet, then this is the place for you.
Shopbop is one of the largest players in the online fashion space and was once described as "the editors of what's cool".
When you jump onto an online fashion boutique and find a feature with Alexa Chung, you know you've stumbled onto something with serious fashion cred. Hundreds of designers and a finger on the sartorial pulse is what sets Shopbop apart.
A little surf shop in Brisbane has come a long way over the years.
A store that’s all about the salty breeze of a beach life, City Beach has been supplying Australians with all things fashion, surf and skate for years. Brands include Vans, Billabong, DC Shoes, Mink Pink, Oakley and more.
Serving up modern, quality menswear, it's the perfect spot to stock up on jeans, chinos and comfy tees.
Based in New Zealand with retail outlets around the country, Hallenstein Brothers supplies men with stylish clothing for the everyday as well as a small range of accessories to help complete your look.
Free shipping on Australian orders of $50 or more (or just $25 for orders to New Zealand)
There’s nothing sweeter than hearing a knock at the door and knowing your order has been delivered… except knowing that it was delivered for free. Here are all the retailers that offer free shipping, no matter what.
Which online shopping sites offer free delivery if you spend over a certain amount?
Often, online stores will charge you a flat rate for delivery. If you spend over a certain amount, you can get free shipping. The idea is to encourage you to spend more and reward customers who make bigger purchases. Only making a $20 purchase? You probably won’t get free shipping. In covering the shipping cost, the company may actually lose money on the sale. Don’t get too caught up in buying more in order to get free delivery. Would you still be ordering the item if it wasn’t just to save $10 in shipping? Sometimes, it’s worth your time to spend less overall and fork out for delivery. If you would buy it (or just want the excuse to spend more), then go forth and shop to your heart’s content.
Sometimes, you just need a new outfit fast. Like, tonight. Or tomorrow. Or by the weekend. When that’s the case, where are the best places to shop? THE ICONIC offers three-hour delivery to both Sydney and Melbourne metro areas and next-day delivery for most orders. Saba offers same-day delivery to both Sydney and Melbourne, while David Jones offers same-day delivery to Sydney only. In some cases, stores will offer you free express shipping if you order a certain amount. Surfstitch offers free express delivery on orders over $25.
Which fashion sites stock high-quality clothes?
For high-quality fashion, there are some stores to order from… and some to avoid. ASOS, THE ICONIC, David Jones, Saba, Saks Fifth Avenue, Portmans and Marks & Spencer are all fairly safe as far as quality goes, although the quality varies from store to store. Saks Fifth Avenue sells high-end designers such as Prada and Chloe and will always be of the utmost quality. Other shops sell decent-quality clothes at a more affordable price, including Jeanswest, General Pants Co, Bonds and Me and Moo. Some brands will always be better quality than others, so you may have to judge by the brand name rather than the store. For example, We Are Handsome is a high-quality brand of 100% Australian-made high-quality swimwear and is stocked across a number of sites, including Dissh, THE ICONIC, ASOS and more. Read more: 12 super chic dresses from THE ICONIC to buy now
Which fashion sites are great for cheap clothes?
If you’re after cheap fashion online, Beginning Boutique, Boohoo, Showpo and Missguided are all great sites to find on-trend pieces at affordable prices. Hunt a little further and you’ll find that ASOS’s own brand is on the cheaper end of the clothing spectrum. THE ICONIC’s exclusive brands, Atmos&Here and Spurr, are both cheaper options that are still fashion-forward and of decent quality. Of course, if you find a coupon code for your favourite fashion boutique, you can always shave a little off the end price. Discounts are only a search away. Read more: Where to buy cheap shoes online
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With more than 20,000 items from more than 200 brands, StrawberryNet has your beauty and cosmetic needs sorted.
Selling quality cosmetics and beauty products for almost 20 years, StrawberryNet has got it down to an art, with shipping available to about 200 countries and discounts of up to 70% off some of your favourite brands.
Loyalty program with discounts up to 10%
Free shipping anywhere in the world for skincare and makeup
DWI is a favourite of photographers worldwide, both for its immense product selection and very competitive prices.
DWI (formerly Digital World International) has the digital camera game down. It has the best cameras, the best lenses and the best accessories – at the best prices. Luckily for us, it dabbles in other areas of electronics too.
One of the largest collections of amateur and professional cameras
Dell is a world-recognised computer and technology company specialising in laptops, gaming consoles, desktops and tablets. Dell also offers servers, switches, storage devices, peripherals and more, making it a great place for Australians to shop for all their computer needs.
Easily customise your computer order by adjusting your specifications
While book lovers will agree that nothing beats spending hours browsing through a bricks-and-mortar bookstore, when you need something specific – or just need to find a gift – ordering a book online is so much easier. Here are two of the best online bookstores:
Well-known Aussie brand Coles takes the stress out of grocery shopping by letting you order online and delivering right to your door.
In addition to skipping the crowds, the website will always let you know when your favourite items are on special. You can also select a recipe and add the ingredients straight to your shopping basket.
Click & Collect allows you to order online in the morning and pick up in store later
Launched in 1982, Cellarmasters has been a leader in the wine industry for decades.
With wines to accommodate all tastes from Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain, Chile and France, wine lovers are sure to find what they are looking for. You'll also find mixed cases, clearance wines and gift packs.
Customer service wine experts can you help with your selection
Order in your own time and have your wine delivered
With over 5,000 restaurants on board, Menulog is a market-leading takeaway delivery service in Australia. Get a huge range of food delivered, including Spanish tapas, burgers, pizza and Indian meals. You'll also be able to access special offers that restaurants and takeaways offer through Menulog.
Huge choice - find which takeaways deliver locally to you
Ability to view user ratings and the most popular venues
Find the best deals for restaurants, entertainment, experiences, products, travel and much more in your local area.
LivingSocial offers great deals for just about everything, including local eateries, special event tickets, products for your home and nearby activities. Plus, it has a host of travel deals both domestic and abroad.
Simply buy online and print a voucher for your experience
Etsy is an online marketplace for independent designers, craftsmen and sellers. There are over 32 million items for sale from more than a million different sellers, with loads of handmade goodies and vintage finds.
If you're looking for a unique gift, you can't beat Etsy Australia. You can avoid mass-produced items and often buy directly from the maker, so it's unlikely you'll see loads of other people with the same item.
Gift cards available
All sales are recorded and guidelines for fairness and trust are set out in Etsy's policies
Daily deals website Groupon is one of our favourites for buying lots of things, particularly gifts. You can find deals for the gift recipient's local area such as restaurants, activities and spa experiences.
The deals are purchased in voucher form, so you can print it off or email it. The time and date of the activity can be booked later.
Convenience - the vouchers come through almost straight away
The savings - deals are often less than half price
Girls: we know you love curated online shopping sites as much as we do, and we know you love Nasty Gal. If you want a similar shopping experience and want to know where else to find the brands that Nasty Girl stock, this post is a must-read.
Shopping the international racks means you get on-trend or even fashion forward pieces before all of your fashionista friends. How's the for being able to show off your style? With online shopping, you can shop from your favourite international racks without having to walk through their doors. Here are 24 of the finest fashion shops that ship to Australian doorsteps.
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