When online shopping first came about it was a mysterious world that a lot of people were very suspicious of. I remember getting a telling off from my dad for accidentally buying a load of stuff when Amazon first released their one click buy service. But these days, we do pretty much all of our shopping online. I mean, why would I spend the time going down to a shop and then carrying that stuff home when I could just have it delivered straight to my door? Most of the time things are cheaper online as well, so it’s a no-brainer. But there are some exceptions to that rule. These are the products that you should never buy online.
You’re going to spend a lot of money if you’re buying diamond jewellery. There are a lot of well-established high street jewellers that sell through their website, as well as some companies that are exclusively online. They promise better quality goods at a better price, but that just isn’t the reality. Blue Nile is a big online diamond retailer but if you check out this review from an expert (http://yourdiamondguru.com/reviews/blue-nile/) you’ll see that they aren’t rated that highly for quality of diamond or price. You’ll get much the same from the high street retailers whether you buy from their website or in-store. You’re much better off going to an independent jeweller who knows what they’re talking about and has better quality products at reasonable prices.
A lot of big online retailers have started offering a grocery shopping service, like Amazon Pantry, which sounds appealing because they offer a 15% discount with their subscribe and save service, and you can fill a box with whatever you want for a set price. Just a side note, this doesn’t include ordering online from a supermarket where the prices will be the same. But those other online companies that have started to branch out into selling food are pretty much always going to be more expensive, especially if you’re buying the own brand stuff from the supermarkets anyway, and none of them are going to get anywhere near the price of the discount supermarkets.
The price of clothes in stores and online varies quite a lot. Sometimes you’ll get it cheaper online, sometimes you won’t. The reason you should avoid buying clothes online is more to do with the fit. Even if the size is right, you can’t be sure whether it’s the right style for your body shape etc. If you buy stuff and it doesn’t fit right, you’ll have to go through the hassle of sending it back and getting a refund. Check out this article (https://www.huffingtonpost.com/lindsay-ferrier/this-is-what-happens-when-you-order-ridiculously-cheap-clothing-from-singapore_b_6249572.html) to see just how different the photograph on the website can be from the reality. It’s so much easier to go into a store where you can see it up close and try it on before deciding to buy it. You can sometimes get away with buying clothes online but only if it’s from a shop that you know so you’re sure on their sizes etc.
Most things are cheaper and easier to get online, but sometimes it’s better to just head to the shops.