Just like every woman I know, I loved shopping at those big DFO’s in Melbourne rather than buying online. Nothing can be more relaxing than entering one boutique after another looking at and trying variety of short dresses. I also love designer party dresses, as they are made of high quality materials and the designs and styles are versatile and they can be easily mixed and matched for your teenage style.
The only problem I have regarding designer dress shops is that they do sell their merchandise at high price tags. This is of course very understandable as these stores have to pay for overhead expenses.
But, I want to start saving money and my dilemma was that my love for designer dresses was preventing me from doing that.
One day, I was using my laptop and browsing through social media when I came across an ad. It was for discounted designer dresses that are available online.
I have always been sceptical about online shopping. I do not feel safe using my banking details online. I have heard so much of the scams going around and about sites and individuals that use people personal and financial details for illegal activities.
But, some of my friends have been convincing me that shopping online is safe. You just have to make sure that you are going to transact with legit online stores.
As I was looking at the dresses on the ad, I was really enticed to give online shopping a try. I gave in after a few minutes and clicked on the ad. It redirected me to the shop’s homepage.
There, more dresses are on display. I was smiling as a saw the big sign: Everything On Sale at 50% off. Wow. This is really something new. The most amount of discount I usually get from the boutiques I frequently go to was 20%. With the 50% discount, I would be able to get the dresses I want and still have enough money left to save.
Yes, I was really encouraged by the discount to try this virtual shopping thing. I browsed through the site and discovered that I can make an order without registering as a member. But by being a member, I will be able to enjoy more benefits like the first-time buyer free gift.
Now, that was certainly a big bonus for me. I got to give this site an A for that very convincing marketing strategy. A freebie for first-time customers. That was something that I really should have,
So, I registered. The process did not take long, but when it was time to enter my bank details, I became a bit hesitant. He it goes, the moment of truth. Should I continue or should I just leave the site? But the big discount, the freebie and the beautiful designer dresses were very tempting indeed. How can I let this golden opportunity pass?
Of course, I couldn’t. So, despite my apprehension, I entered my bank details. And with eyes closed, clicked Save.
The site then asked me what to do next. With a little smile on my face, I have chosen the option to start shopping. I immediately went to the item categories and selected designer dresses. Again, in front of me – on the computer screen – were different stunningly beautiful dresses.
I got really excited and started. I clicked one dress after another until I got to a decision. Three dresses were chosen: a cocktail dress in green satin; a midnight-colored sequinned halter blouse-on long gown and a basic mini black dress.https://web.archive.org/web/20201023120620if_/https://web.archive.org/web/20160228160837if_/https://www.youtube.com/embed/buVSEtVcS1Q
I would have chosen two more, but I tried hard to stop myself. That was going to be an experiment. I wanted to try if online shopping was really safe. When I clicked Check Out and saw the total cost plus shipping, I was really surprised. It was half the cost of what I would normally pay for two designer dresses.
What made me more surprised was the first-time shopper gift was a 50% discount coupon that I can use for my next purchase. Of course, I cannot use the coupon for discounted items, but it’s okay. I can use the coupon anytime I want to. There was no expiration on its effectivity.
I was really happy and some of my apprehensions went out the window. I did a last check on my purchases and then clicked finish. There, my first online shopping experience was over.
The site confirmed my order through email. The message said that my order will be shipped as soon as they have been processed. I was going to receive another email to inform me that processing is over, the payment was taken from my bank account and shipping starts. True enough, another email came an hour later. These people really work fast. The email informed me to wait two to three days. A link to a page where I can track my order was also provided.
I was a very curious person, so I clicked the link and entered my order number on the search box. The result was immediate, my order was processed and it’s being shipped. The following day, I tracked my order again. It was still being shipped.
On day two I became so busy that I forgot to track. Thus, I was actually surprise when the package arrived on the third day. I excitedly opened the box and inside were the three beautiful designer dresses I ordered online.
Each one was exactly how I imagine it to be. They fitted me perfectly too. I immediately checked my email and there I saw one mail from the store. They were informing me that they received info that I have received my order and they asked if I would be willing to leave a review on their service and on each item I purchased.
Since everything went really, I was very much willing to give the store a five star rating and the dresses the same.
From then on, I shopped for my dresses – and other needs – online. My first experience was totally satisfying and I can honestly say the online shopping is indeed safe.