Even in a recession, we can’t seem to fight our need — okay desire to shop. Many of us prefer online shopping as it is both convenient and time efficient. It can also be cost effective if you chose the right sites. I only shop online at websites that offer free shipping AND returns. Why should I pay for the merchandise and then pay the retailer to send it to me? Below are a few of my favorite online shopping destinations.
A virtual department store, Zappos is the best website for one-stop shopping, offering a wide variety of shoes, clothing, handbags, housewares, beauty products, jewelry, eyewear, and more. Need gifts for moms, dads, and grads? Need shoes for a wedding, ski trip, or marathon? Looking for a specific designer, style, size, or color? Zappos lets you narrow down your search criteria to find exactly what you are looking for. Zappos features a wide variety of brands for women, men, and children, including Nike, DC, Calvin Klein, Stuart Weitzman , Chloe, Juicy Couture, Ugg, D&G, True Religion, and many, many more. In addition to free shipping both ways with no minimum purchase, you also get 365 days to return merchandise. Typically, you can expect to receive your package in 4-5 business days. Become a Zappos VIP, however, and you will receive guaranteed free overnight shipping on all orders. Customer service is available 24/7 to guarantee a pleasant shopping experience.
I first visited Endless when I saw a pair of to-die-for ballet flats in Lucky Magazine. I was blown away at the selection of shoes, handbags, and accessories that I discovered. When it came time to find shoes and accessories for my wedding, I ordered several pairs of shoes and clutches from Endless. I was able to try them own in the comfort of my living room and return those that I did not want. Like Zappos, Endless offers customers free shipping and returns for up to one year. They offer free overnight shipping on all new styles and free two-day shipping on everthing else. If that’s not enough, Endless also offers a 100% price match guarantee. If you find another website that offers a lower price within two weeks after the date your order is shipped, contact them and they will credit your original payment method for the difference. If Endless lowers the price on their own site within 14 days of the shipment date, they will refund you the difference as well.
3 . Piperlime
From the same retailers that brought you Banana Republic, Old Navy, and Gap, Piperlime keeps in touch with all the latest styles and trends, serving up designer shoes, clothing, handbags, and accessories for women, men, and children. Celebrity stylist, Rachel Zoe, handpicks must-have looks for every season. With dozens of styling tips, plus finds for the “Girl on a Budget”, you will find everything you need for the season’s best looks without breaking the bank. Free shipping and returns with no minimum order are offered here as well, but returns must be made within 45 days (except for items marked “final sale”).