Guess what I did five days before attending a cocktail party? Made the worst mistake. I ordered a dress online. It began innocently. I was perusing my favorite retailers to help cure my morning blues. Every site I visited had HUGE markdowns. Who could resist slashed prices and guaranteed delivery? Not me.
Cyber Monday was my solution. The flickering sale signs lured me in.
I had $80.00 that needed to be burned. I thought, “It’s okay to burn a hole in my pocket because I deserve it,” you know? No arm twisting needed here.
Besides the dress was speaking to me from my laptop. Buy Me. I promise to look better in person. What can I say, I’m a sucker for sequins. That, and I felt it was my duty to contribute to Monday’s online sales record, which reached 1.5 billion by day’s end.
The minute I hit ‘click’ I regretted my purchase. Post buyer’s remorse is nothing new. In fact, I’m quite familiar with this condition. By the time I purchase a ‘must have’ item, and return home, the item has already lost its appeal.
This moment of impulse was different from moments past. I didn’t get to touch the garment. Smell it. Or, try it on. Nope. There was NO sensory experience. Perhaps that is one of the drawbacks to online shopping. It’s a virtual high. Not a tangible one.
Despite the disadvantages to online shopping, I’m not convinced it’s enough to quit. Since having kids, online shopping has been my godsend. I pride myself in no longer having to sift through dizzying racks for halfway decent articles of clothing. Definitely no more waiting in long lines. The only thing e-commerce requires is computer access and a credit card.
High levels of convenience and competitive pricing keep me coming back for more. However, this recent purchase caused me to re-evaluate online ordering. When the dress arrived yesterday it was nothing like I imagined. It was missing about a yard of material and had built-in shoulder pads.
Shopping with the click of a mouse might not be as beneficial as I once thought. Sure, I can make purchases in my pj’s and avoid scary salespeople. Maybe I can even help save the earth by not printing a receipt. But the flip side is that there is no guarantee I will like the item I ordered.
Nevertheless, there’s something to be said about the anticipation of receiving an item.
You know the feeling I’m talking about, when a package arrives on your doorstep. Sitting there all crinkled and crumbled just waiting there for you to open. It’s like Christmas shows up early!
Unfortunately, the hand delivered goods did not meet my expectations. For now, I will stick to PLAN B for this weekend’s outing. As for future online orders, I’m taking a brief respite. That’s what happens when there’s no consensus in the dressing room.
Do you order clothes without trying them on first? Or, is it just too risky?