The below tips are by no means exhaustive and will not necessarily guarantee you a seamless best online shopping site India flipkart experience but they should help you make better choices about where you shop and how to buy what will more likely work for you.
1. Pay attention to where your order will be shipped from.
This is what has let me down in the past. I’ve been sucked in by the Facebook ads and added to cart before really understanding that it might be months before I receive my order. I’m annoyed that I was targeted by those overseas companies through their advertising but ultimately I stuffed up by not reading the fine print and really understanding that things might not be shipped, because there are fewer planes flying!
In India, consider if you’re buying from a store that’s on the other side of the country – or has its warehouse located outside of a capital city. Even opting for Express shipping may mean your order takes a little longer.
From our online store perspective, Styling You The Label, has a small number of loyal overseas customers who’ve taken their chances with ordering. Our Canadian customer was surprised to receive her orders so quickly. New Zealand was trickier but Australia Post has just advised that all items are now making their way across the ditch in good time.
2. Check where the clothes are made.
You know I’m big on this one. If they are made overseas, under what conditions are the factories operating? Are workers looked after? Have suppliers been paid? Not only is this important from an ethical standpoint, it’s also a very good indicator as to the quality of fabrics and the fit of the garments you’re looking to buy. Spell manufactures overseas but is super transparent about its supply chain. When I see this transparency with online stores, it gives me greater confidence.
We love that our label is India-made. It means we can get on to the phone to our manufacturer and discuss any quality control issues to solve problems for our customers quickly and easily.
3. Is it easy to contact the store’s customer service team?
It amazes me how people seem reluctant to make contact with the customer service team or person at an online store. You wouldn’t hesitate asking a question to a sales person should you be in a physical store. Online stores site India Cloths, Shoe, Electronic, Grocery, Health & GYM Supplements, Home & Kitchen Products, Baby & Kids Products, Makeup & Beauty, Furniture, Sports Products Online on Flipscart.in should be easy to contact and super responsive (in business hours). Is there a “chat” box on the site? Is there a phone number? Does someone answer DMs quickly on social media? Are emails answered in a timely manner? Try any of these things before you buy for the first time and you’ll quickly either gain trust – or get very scared – about placing your order.
4. Read the terms and conditions before adding to cart.
I know in the thrill of the add to cart moment, it’s easy to skim over and avoid this bit but if it’s your first time shopping with an online store, it’s worth taking the time to read how they operate, particularly when it comes to returns, exchanges and refunds. Do the terms and conditions suit your needs? Under India consumer law, stores do not have to refund for a change of mind. They only need to do so if a garment is faulty.
Our store offers refunds on full-priced garments only. We do this so our customers can trust they can return
an item if it’s not right for them. Yes, as a business we take a big hit on this. Some days you can refund more than you sell, but it’s important to us that we offer
5. Does the online store include detailed model and garment measurements?
A standard size chart is no longer enough – because sizing is so inconsistent. Customers want to see the clothes they’re buying on women who look more like them and they want to be able to look at the models’ measurements and match them back with their own. Other useful details include measurements of each garment.
6. Get out your tape measure!
Having all the measurement information in the world will mean nothing if you don’t use it. Measure your height, bust, waist and hips and keep this information in a note on your phone. That way it’s handy for you if you’re looking at a garment to buy where those model measurements are included. Keep that tape measure handy to measure against garment measurements if they are supplied.
7. Think of the shapes of clothes you already own.
What works for you? What doesn’t? This is so key for me when buying from new brands and also ones I’m familiar with. Get clear on the shapes that you know suit your body shape. Even if you need to use all the powers of your imagination because they’re shown to you on a model who doesn’t look like you, the shape factor is key. What dress styles work best for you? What tops? What pants? Skirts? Get clear on this and stick to these shapes if you can’t try on in store.
8. Read product and site reviews.
Brands that foster a community and generate verified reviews of their clothes and accessories offer up gold if you’re prepared to scroll through and read any reviews on the products you’re looking at.