Clothing retailers online have an enormous responsibility to us shoppers: We give them sensitive credit information, and we take a lot on faith in their integrity.
Here are some questions most shoppers have.
There are lot of tricks for making a baggy garment look great on a model, such as using clothespins up the back to create a figure-flattering fit.
Sometimes, I cannot even find the fabric description. I will not buy anything if I do not know this.
This is a tough one, because we have different standards. Tell us yours by posting a review using the form at the bottom of this page.
If the fitting instructions were accurate, the merchant does not have control over how the item works with our unique body shapes. Inaccurate sizes can be a legitimate problem.
The clothing retailers online have no control over the delivery provider, be it United States Postal Service, UPS, or FedEX. They can make sure the order leaves the warehouse in a timely fashion.
There is no excuse for poor packing; that is totally the retailers responsibility.
I received garments from one store that were so wrinkled, my dry cleaning bill would have been enormous had I kept the products.
Occasionally I've had a product never arrive. Thank goodness, merchants have always made this right for me.
Im sure it's happened to you, too. Online clothing retailers who act quickly to track and correct the error deserve kudos.
Usually this is the fault of the delivery agent. The merchant has an ethical responsibility to track the shipment, find out what went wrong, and refund promptly.
If the checkout is an https, the s stands for security. The security is often better than that at your local restaurant or department store.
According to a 2012 security program I attended, electronic scanners allow identity thieves to scan cards that are being used at our local stores -- and even those in our handbags.
According to this expert, PayPal is the safest checkout and should always be first choice when available.
As you check out, look for checked boxes at the bottom of the page. You may have to scroll down.
You may unknowingly be agreeing to have the merchant send you updates, sale offers, and newsletters that you'd rather not receive.
One merchant no longer featured at Fashion After 50 promised to refund in 30 days, and then had not done so after more time than that.
I also have learned to check shipping charges carefully.
Even if I spend a few dollars more at clothing retailers online who offer free shipping both ways, it is probably less than I will spend if I have to return that package at my own expense. A merchant may qualify for bulk shipping discounts; I do not.
These questions show just how much trust you to put into clothing retailers online and their products when you order.
I put my best preferences on the site pages. Extremely comfortable dress shoes are an issue for me, so I have descriptions of products I like where they appear.
My mother loved Sears and Speigel catalogs. My history with mail- and telephone-order purchases antedates the web by decades.
After all these years of remote-control shopping, Ive had to remove an affiliate merchant from Fashion After 50s pages.
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