Where did you get that dress? It looks fabulous on you!” “Oh did you know about this new online boutique? I just got it from there.” We’ve had so many similar conversations, didn’t we? Now, many celebrities and artists have started wearing clothes and accessories bought online. Just check the numerous tags on Instagram and Facebook, famous people are posting their #ootd #potd #latergram, rocking that studded denim shirt with those new pair of shorts and sky-high platform shoes from various online boutiques.

Why do people buy online? The reasons are really clear:
Online boutiques are a huge pool of pretty clothing sources. Spotted that new skirt your favourite beauty blogger is wearing recently? Chances are similar products will be available online soon.
Operating fees of an online shop is cheaper so shirts are sold at more affordable prices.
Convenient! You don’t even have to move an inch away from your laptop, just click.
Buying online is so easy, there are many online platforms to assist boutiques on advertising their products so that buyers can view the new arrivals of all associated boutiques without having to go search one by one.
However, new buyers usually contemplate for quite some time before they decide to buy online. By that time, your desired item might be sold out. Do you need some help regarding online shopping? Here are some tips for online shopping:
1. Is the credit card transfer reliable?
Online shops usually use third-party payment services like Paypal, Visa and MasterCard. Payment data using credit cards have to be encrypted, this is to make sure your card number is never stored anywhere after you click ‘confirm’.
2. Look for customer reviews
Satisfied customers usually encourage friends they know to buy from an online boutique, so look out for friends’ recommendations. However, angry customers leave negative reviews online. If there are several negative reviews for cases related to delayed deliveries, seller missing in action, lost refunds … There could have been even more cases left unpublished.
3. Is the shop licenced?
Many sellers don’t apply for a permit for selling online. Make sure the shop has a licence so that you know you are buying from a legit seller. Also, be cautious of the company policy. Know the conditions for a refund. What if the item was torn during the delivery? Make sure all information you need to know is visible on the website.
4. Do it privately
Do your online purchases on your own computer, away from prying eyes, and make sure it is free of spywares that can obtain your personal details and financial data. Avoid from shopping online on public computers at all costs, because even doing so in incognito mode can’t assure you of a safe transfer.

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