I love shoes, I love shopping, and I impulse buy. Not the best combination according to my credit card statement which is why I have been searching for the best, cheapest online shopping websites.
The first one I would like to bring to your attention is www.asos.com.
One of my work colleagues told me about this site as soon as he heard about my love for shopping. He's been purchasing all his clothes for years from the site and has only ever in an emergency paid retail price at a store.
One thing I hate about these online sites is that you might think you're getting a bargain but as soon as you click that 'checkout' sign and add postage your cost skyrockets. Have you ever noticed on those great EBay sales, that the item might only be $0.99 but the postage price will be $39.99, so in the end you're really not getting a bargain at all. This is why asos.com is the perfect site because standard shipping to Australia is free. So you really are getting that great price advertised.
Www.asos.com is a site for those who are fashion trendy. With great clearance sales, they have hundreds of stores to choose from like Calvin Klein, D&G, Diesel, DKNY, French Connection and more.
You can search by price, designer, clothing type and you can even browse collections in the 'marketplace' section from up and coming designers as well as latest fashion trends and more.
The pricing is all in UK pounds but you have the option of changing it to US dollars. They are in the process of having AUD pricing available but the US dollar pretty much matches ours at the moment anyway.
When you have stocked up on all your favourite items it takes around 2 weeks for you to receive your order once you have been notified of dispatch.
I fully recommend this site to anyone who loves their fashion and wants to keep up to date with the latest trends from Europe and the UK. You will never have to pay full retail again.
This next site was a recent find. Another colleague of mine who has the same impulse buy and shopping addiction that I have stumbled across this site whilst 'umming' and 'ahhing' over which watches to buy from EBay.
Like me, this colleague fell in love with asos.com and came into work excited one day telling me that she has found a better website. I had to see it.
www.ozsale.com.au is Australia's first private online shopping club with exclusive deals to members with up to 80% off retail prices.
The interesting thing about this website is that it doesn't have set brands to purchase. The sales start every morning and run for a few days only so there is always something new and interesting to purchase.
The sales fall into the typical categories of Women, Men, Kids, Home, Beauty and Clearance, with retailers like Alex Perry, Queenspark, Ed Hardy, Vivienne Westwood, L'Oreal and many more; you are spoilt for choice.
If you are frequent shopper it might be worth your while joining the 'Priority Club'. This excusive membership for only $99.95 for 12 months entitles you to additional discounts on sales, early access to sales, access to priority member only sales and priority dispatch on delivery.
You also get rewarded for inviting friends, receiving a $10 gift card for every friend who makes their first purchase; definitely an incentive to hit up all your Facebook buddies for their email addresses.
Once you have bought an entire store full of cosmetics, baby clothes and the latest Alex Perry dresses shipping takes around 2-3 weeks and because it is an Australian site, you will be charged for domestic shipping but not a huge amount. But with all those savings, who cares!
www.1day.com.au is an impulse buy site. For all those people who like to buy things but don't really care about what they're buying as long as it's a bargain. An almost similar situation to the movie 'The Castle'.
The site is simple, it's 3 items at drastically reduced prices for 1 day (or until sold out). The items go live at 12pm every day and anyone who is subscribed gets an email with the 3 specials.
These items can be anywhere from batteries, to 10 piece stainless steel bowl sets to hoodies, surf boards etc. It's extremely random and fun trying to guess what will be on there next.
The shipping price is low as the site is Australian and it normally takes around 2 weeks (or less) to receive your goods.
I save my favourite site for last. I haven't had too much of a chance to look through this site as I am trying (not successfully) to save for an overseas trip, so I am avoiding it at the moment.
For all those people out there who like the exclusivity and prestige of designer products but can only fork out for one item per 10 years this site is for you.
www.reebonz.com is a website exclusively for designer products at ridiculous prices (up to 70% off). Now for those sceptics out there who look at the prices and claim that the items are not genuine, just ignore them. I have been assured by the owner himself that this site contains only genuine products from Prada, D&G, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent to name a few.
Like the Australian ozsale.com.au site this has a time limit on the sales. They normally last for a couple of days and once you subscribe you will receive email notification of the new sales and clearance items available.
As with asos.com, Reebonz also offers free shipping to Australia and select countries around the world. It normally takes around 2-3 weeks to arrive but with the prices on this site you'll be happy to wait that little bit longer for that perfect Hermes handbag.
So after many of hundreds of dollars spent at retail stores and many of hours trawling for the best sales sites, I can proudly say that I have found the perfect combination of online stores to keep my addiction satisfied. For now.
Hi, have you found any online sites that cater for renovators (vanity units, kitchen white goods etc and houshold furniture that are real bargains, other than the norm like ebay , graysonline that by the time you finish bidding you have just about paid retail in some cases.
By pirr - reader Thursday, 18th of August @ 11:22 pm
Brands exclusive is another site that I use a lot, designer lables for a fraction of the price. Most of these sites have a 3-6 week delivery period, so they are great if you are not in a hurry for your purchase. If you are looking for items for renovations, gumtree or even oztion are other websites that you can look at.