Usually, when I am preparing for a product review, I find myself digging down rabbit holes, deep tunnels of interior design bliss. So deep in fact, that I might pop up hours later like a fat, happy ground hog, wondering how it got dark outside already. With the future of good, old fashioned brick and mortar stores on shaky ground these days, there’s still nothing quite like walking the aisles of a good boutique or specialty shop.
However, I’m not telling you anything new by saying this; the internet brings us so much more – anything you can dream up is there – and we can find it all right from the comfort of our favorite arm chair.
I’m currently in the process of renovating our 1959 house so I am constantly online searching for ideas and stores to purchase from. And since my tastes vary so much, often from day to day it seems, I have curated a collection of my favorite places to go when I need design inspiration.
Some days I’ll bring out my dog-eared back issues of Coastal Living and Architectural Digest to find the boost I need and hunt up the references they provide.
As a professional E-commerce Expert, here are a few of my tips on buying furniture and home décor online.
- Try somewhere new! I know we all have the Amazon and Wayfair apps on our phones, but try some other places. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the extra customer service and attention that goes into your order when you’re not ordering from websites that dominate Google searches. I order from Amazon just like everyone else, but hey, let’s start spreading the love to other online retailers. You’ll be glad you did.
- Here’s a secret; just because Amazon says “free shipping”, I bet my hot cup of coffee that it’s not really free. I would say that 90% of products on Amazon have wrapped up the price of shipping into that pretty little price tag. So, you’ll be just as well off by ordering an item without free shipping as you would with.
- Don’t depend on the ratings and reviews. Yes, I said that. We have become conditioned as consumers to purchase items only with 5-star reviews (hey, it’s a no brainer I know), but there are many hidden gems out there that are better than those with the highest ratings. (Oftentimes, they paid people or gave away products for free to get those 5-star ratings whether the product is worthy or not.) Most online stores have a truthful description and if they don’t, shame on them. If you have any doubts, then do your due diligence by researching the manufacturer of the product or view competitor’s descriptions for insight.
So, I hope this helps you make an educated decision on your next online purchase and I’m happy to answer any questions.
Enjoy your day!