Try before you buy. Then buy.
Queensland retailers are revolting. Well, they’re fighting back against the trend of people who enter their shops, try on their stuff and then leave without buying it.
What shoppers are doing is sizing it so they can buy it online.
As an online shopper, I take a lot of risks with my purchases. Ask anyone I know if they’ve been given something I’ve bought online because it was too small or too big.
While I use a tape measure, I may not have used it correctly, and when it comes to measuring for pants I know I have a lot to learn about where the tape goes.
However, I have checked the garments against the measurements when I’ve got them home and found they don’t fit, and sometimes the manufacturer has got them wrong.
But getting it wrong is the risk I take for buying online and from overseas.
And this is the risk other online shoppers have to take, too.
Friends who work in retail have revealed some disgusting habits of women shoppers. Trying on swimwear or underwear and taking the plastic out of the crotch is just half a horror story, and the other half is so disgusting I won’t go any further.
Then there are the people who leave things on the floor in a tangled mess for staff to clean up. Have their mothers not taught them about caring for their clothes? Have their mothers not taught them they don’t own the clothes until they’ve paid for them?
I’m not saying that people should never buy online. I don’t just believe in online shopping, I live it.
For example, a friend’s child had a drink container which didn’t leak. They’d purchased it from a shop that wasn’t in Queensland. So I Googled it, and bought it online. Two days later, my child has the same leak proof drink container (with a top so hard she can’t chew through it.)
Nor am I saying shoppers shouldn’t try on clothes in a shop and make the honest choice of not to buy it. Or buy one item and buy similar items online. Particularly if they are brand loyal.
But I can’t believe anyone would walk away from an item which fits them beautifully with a view to buying it cheaper online. Retailers are discounting like crazy at the moment. How greedy do you have to be?
For example: a pair of jeans in a major retailer was reduced from $100 to $70. With the added bonus of an old gift card with $10 left on it, they were $60 jeans. Why would I walk away to try to find a better deal?
It’s swings and roundabouts. The money you save on a top or jacket bought online from an end-of-season discount shop offsets the little bit more you pay for the item you buy from an Australian retailer because you are not prepared to risk getting the size wrong.
You get a cheaper item online because you’re not paying for a showroom, staff to set out the merchandise and take care of it.
If you buy online, you will make mistakes and you will lose your money. But there is Ebay for mistakes and grateful family and friends who benefit from your inability to use a tape measure.
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