ASOS vs The Iconic: Where should you spend your hard-earned $$$?

We compare ASOS and THE ICONIC, two of the biggest online fashion retailers, against each other to find out where you should shop.

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ASOS was one of the first and biggest online stores in the high street space. It was lauded as a new standard in shopping offering great prices and a convenient online experience to customers around the world. In 2013, it was reported that almost four jumbo jets of ASOS clothing were making their way to Australia each week. ASOS could do no wrong.

Then, along came THE ICONIC - a new player in the world of online. Launched in 2011, THE ICONIC made a splash into the Australian market offering customers the ability to shop thousands of much-loved brands in the one place.

There are a whole bunch of other big shopping sites available to consumers like (Missguided and Boohoo, for a start) but for Australian customers, two of the best are undoubtedly ASOS and THE ICONIC.

So, which online fashion site should you be spending your hard earned dollar at?

Get the facts about ASOS

  • Launched: June 2000
  • What is it? A UK based online fashion retailer stocking hundreds brands of clothing, footwear and beauty.
  • Who owns it? UK multi-millionaire Nick Robertson
  • How much does it make? Sales for the financial year ending August 31, 2013 were £753.8 million.

Get the facts about The Iconic

  • Launched: November 2011
  • What is it? A Sydney based online fashion retailer stocking dozens of Australian and international designers.
  • Who owns it? German group Rocket Internet
  • How much does it make? Accounts for August 2011 to December 2012 show a revenue of $30.6 million but a loss of $44.7 million.

Is it cheaper to buy clothes from ASOS or THE ICONIC?

Both ASOS and THE ICONIC stock a range of brands, some which are affordable and some which are a little more luxurious.

As THE ICONIC and ASOS are required to adhere to zonal pricing by certain brands. Zonal pricing or geographical pricing often sees the prices of items increase as shipping distances increase or alternatively zonal pricing can see costs decrease to fall in line the prices expected by a certain international market.

This is why occasionally you will see a price difference on the same items. For example, the Finders Keepers dress below has a price of originally $189.95 (now on sale for $132.97) at THE ICONIC and $177.00 at ASOS.

If you want to be sure you are getting the best price, it is worth checking both sites before committing to your purchase. It is also worth looking to see if either ASOS or THE ICONIC are running any sales to increase your chances of getting the best price.

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Which store has the biggest range of items, ASOS or THE ICONIC?

Both online retailers stock mens and women fashion. Both stock clothes, shoes, accessories, jewellery, plus size items, swimwear and gifts with thousands of items from hundred of brands. So where do they differ?

THE ICONIC has a dedicated sport section where you can pick up quality exercise gear including bras, shoes, and accessories. While ASOS also stocks brands such as Adidas or Nike, you have to hunt a little harder for the workout clothes.

As an Australian site, THE ICONIC has a more extensive selection of Australian brands and high-end Australian designers, comparatively ASOS offers more international brands.

ASOS leads the way when it comes to beauty. THE ICONIC does not have a skincare or beauty products section, whereas ASOS stocks a very extensive range of makeup, skincare, haircare and body products.

Another tick for ASOS is the ASOS Marketplace, which offers individual the ability to buy and sell pre-loved and vintage items. There is no section on THE ICONIC to purchase vintage items.

In essence, both stores have an impressive range of products but each store has it's own specialties.

Which one has the fastest delivery time?

For most Australians THE ICONIC will have faster shipping times. THE ICONIC offers free overnight shipping (for orders over $50) to those in Sydney and Melbourne metro areas. A three hour shipping service is also available for $14.95.

ASOS has a lower free shipping threshold of $40 so it's easier to get your order shipped for free. Orders from ASOS are delivered within five business days for metro areas and seven business days for regional areas. ASOS also offers free 3-4 day express shipping if you spend over $125.

For orders under the free shipping threshold, ASOS charges $5 and THE ICONIC charges $7.95. You can view both the ASOS shipping policy and THE ICONIC shipping policy

Which one has the best returns policy?

THE ICONIC offers free returns on eligible items. You can even opt to get a full cash refund or a 110% store credit. Not bad.

Good news for ASOS shoppers! The store has just introduced free returns for Australian customers. Eligible items must be returned within 28 days of receiving your order.

Coupon codes and sales for ASOS and THE ICONIC

Here you go! Use them well.


20% off the finer things

Verified 2 days ago Expires 20 Sep 2021
Give your closet an update for less when you shop at THE ICONIC. Valid for a limited time only. T&Cs apply.

Up to 60% off: The Designer Edit

Investment pieces that are easy on the pocket. Including Polo Ralph Lauren, C&M, Faithfull The Brand and more. T&Cs apply.

Up to 60% off: Mid-Season Sale

Verified Today
Enjoy up to 60% off sale items from Nine West, Abrand, Gant and more at THE ICONIC. While stocks last. T&Cs apply.

Up to 70% off everything

Verified 2 days ago Expires 22 Sep 2021
Enjoy savings on clothing, shoes, accessories, sportswear, and more. While stocks last. T&Cs apply.

Up to 80% off: Final Clearance

Discover 100's of selected styles from ASOS DESIGN, Nike, Vans and more. While stocks last. T&Cs apply.

Up to 60% off: Kidswear Sale

Shop up to 60% off new kids' styles from Herschel, adidas Originals, Cotton On and more at THE ICONIC. While stocks last. T&Cs apply.
Code exclusive

$20 off your first order

Expires 11 Mar 2022
Enjoy $20 off your first order over $99 at THE ICONIC. Redeemable once per customer. While stocks last. T&Cs apply.

Extra 25% off tops, trousers, and more

Verified 4 days ago Expires 20 Sep 2021
Use the code to enjoy an extra 25% off tops, trousers, and more. T&Cs apply.

Up to 50% off new finds

Shop now and enjoy up to 50% off new finds from ASOS. Exclusions, T&Cs apply.

Up to 50% off street styles

Enjoy savings on street styles from Adidas, Nike, Under Armour, Vans, Puma, and more. T&Cs apply.

FREE express shipping

Expires 4 Apr 2022
Enjoy FREE express shipping when you spend over $125. T&Cs apply.

40% off: The Premium Edit

Score 40% off selected designer styles from Polo Ralph Lauren, Cecilie Copenhagen, Gramicci and more. T&Cs apply.

Up to 70% off women's shoes and boots

Updated your collection of shoes and enjoy up to 70% off women's shoes and boots at ASOS. Exclusions, T&Cs apply.

Up to 30% off swimwear & beachwear

Feel sexy this summer and enjoy 30% off swimwear & beachwear. Exclusions, T&Cs apply.

FREE returns for 30 days

Enjoy THE ICONIC offer of FREE returns for 30 days from the date of your purchase. T&Cs apply.

FREE delivery on orders over $50

Enjoy FREE delivery when you shop at THE ICONIC. While stocks last. T&Cs apply.

Extra 30% off outlet items for students

Students can benefit 30% off outlet items at THE ICONIC. Simply register and verify your student status with UNiDAYS. T&Cs apply.

20% off student discount + more perks

Students can get 20% off any purchase and enjoy more perks. Code must be obtained through the ASOS Student Validation form, Unidays or NUS Extra/ T&Cs apply.

FREE unlimited express shipping for $39 a year

Sign up to Premier Delivery Australia for FREE unlimited express shipping and free returns with no minimum order value. Only $39 a year at ASOS. T&Cs apply.

FREE standard shipping

Receive FREE standard shipping when you spend over $70 at ASOS. T&Cs apply.

FREE returns for all orders within Australia

Free returns available for all orders within Australia. Includes fully tracked ParcelPoint drop off and drop offs to Australia Post or Australia Post post box.

FREE express shipping within New Zealand

Get a FREE express shipping within New Zealand with this code when you order over NZ $125 at ASOS. T&Cs apply.

$20 voucher when you sign up

Stay in touch and sign up to THE ICONIC News for your $20 voucher. T&Cs apply.

Popular THE ICONIC coupon codes

Last checked Code description Code
25 Jun 2021 $20 off your first order FIN****
13 Sep 2021 Extra 25% off tops, trousers, and more TOP****
3 Sep 2021 FREE express shipping NZE****
25 Jun 2021 FREE express shipping within New Zealand NZE****
15 Sep 2021 20% off the finer things ********

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    NinaJanuary 4, 2019

    Hi there, where should I shop online when I have a long torso. I’m 5 foot 9. I can’t ever wear jumpsuits without getting camel toe!

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      JohnJanuary 4, 2019Staff

      Hi Nina,

      Thank you for reaching out to finder.

      I understand the struggle in looking for cloths that fit. There are a lot of online selling platforms that offer these types of cloths like Amazon and eBay. Just indicate in the search box on their website the size of the clothing you are looking for to better filter the search. Hope this helps!


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    OrlandoJuly 1, 2018

    Yes why is it so hard to order on the sites Asos, it really sucks

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      JoelJuly 1, 2018

      Hi Orlando,

      Thanks for leaving a question on finder.

      Sorry to hear about your issue with ASOS website. You can report this directly to ASOS’ customer service by going to their website. They also have a chat support and they are very responsive to messages.


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    BelindaMarch 13, 2018

    Hi Guys I’m wondering if the Adidas clothes frm ASOS & Iconic are the same quality as buying in shop? I ask this because I’ve ordered several items and have hardly worn em and two-three items look as though I’ve had em for at least a yr! One Adidas top has a really worn look and a pair of Adidas pants too! I hand wash em to prolong the life. But atm I’m wearing new clothes but they jst dnt look new,,,third time I’ve worn these pants and their looking pretty shabby. I’ve spent soo mch money updating my sports wear for winter and I’m hoping the other items dnt look like this.
    Regards 👍

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      Ash MunozMarch 23, 2018

      Hi Belinda,

      Thank you for reaching out to us.

      Both ASOS and The ICONIC have different manufacturers and suppliers which includes some of the known brands like Adidas, Abercrombie, and Fitch, Boohoo, Calvin and Klein and many more. You may visit each of their websites to confirm the legitimacy of their products.

      A gentle reminder that we do not represent any of the companies that we feature on our pages.

      You may ask ASOS and The ICONIC regarding the retailers that they have as well as proper material care for the items that you will purchase.

      I hope this helps.

      Please do not hesitate to reach out to us again if you have additional questions.


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