Going on a cyber shopping spree but don’t know where to begin? We’ve braved the web to give you this newcomer’s guide to online shopping.
One of the finer things in life is being able to shop from the comfort of your home. We think it’s fair to say that nothing compares to browsing through virtual sales racks for high-end labels at low-end prices, but the question is: where to start? Here’s the lowdown on some of the big online shopping retailers that should be on your bookmark bar.
If you haven’t discovered the wonderful, fantastic, shopping world of ASOS yet, you’ve been living under a rock. Or in a technology time warp where dial up modems are the norm. This online marketplace houses hot international brands, ships everything for free (returns are a different matter, but they’re easy to do) and updates stock so often you shouldn’t be surprised if a new piece of wearable eye candy appears when you hit the refresh button. Use finder.com.au for promo codes and save even more.
Shop local, shop at The Iconic. It's got all the best Aussie and international brands and has a speedy three-hour delivery service to some areas, so you can shop in the morning and wear your new clothes out on the town at night. Just don't let the boss see you're spending money instead of making money in the office.
More than a shopping website, Net-A-Porter is a fashionista’s bible. If Carrie from Sex In The City is your god, Net-A-Porter is your heaven. Flip through its dedicated publications The Edit and Porter for a global, stylish view of fashion, beauty, travel and culture. Learn tips from the experts about how to stay on-trend without maxing out the plastic. Trendsetters and trend-watchers can even see what other like-minded fashionistas across the globe are snapping up. This. Very. Second.
Say hello to Net-A-Porter's little sister. She's young, vibrant, bang on-trend and totally cool. Like her sister, she runs special free-delivery days. She also runs 'Weekend Shop In' sales from Friday morning (BST) to Sunday evening. Because there's no better way to spend a lazy Sunday coveting the latest collection by Alexander Wang, Michael Kors, J.W.Anderson and more.
Warning: budgets will be blown at Saks Fifth Avenue, but when the possessions are this luxurious you won’t regret it when you’re singing “Hey big spender” as you hit the ‘buy’ button on that super shiny MICHELE watch and chic cashmere scarf. You’ve worked hard this week/month/year/life, you deserve something pretty.
- Shipping? $14.95 for orders under $75. Free for orders over $75.
- When will you get it? Items are sourced from various outlets. Estimated delivery time will be displayed at checkout.
- Refunds? Absolutely. If you don't love the item you can send it back for free for a refund.
Fab's motto is: "Free shipping. Free returns. Smiles. Guaranteed." And the moment you reach this online marketplace, your life is certain to brighten up. This one's less high-end fashion savvy, more quirky-cool and all things art-deco lifestyle. Think dino claw rings, retro USB turntables, jive turkey bow-ties and cat tees (man not included). If it makes you smile, you can find it on Fab. Guaranteed.
Those who are patriotic can high-tail it to Booktopia.com.au. Those who know their books will already be familiar with the world-famous Book Depository. With over a million customers worldwide and touting the title of the "UK's largest dedicated online bookstore" it's the one-stop-shop for bookhounds everywhere. Best of all, books are shipped absolutely free.