Online Shopping Hacks & Tips (Sales, Discount Codes & Advice) – Lily Melrose

Transcript 00:00 – Hi guys, I hope all is well. 00:01 So for today’s video I thought I would do 00:03 what I mentioned in I think it was my last video, 00:05 or maybe it was my Top Shop call, 00:07 that I would do a video on some of my online shopping tips.

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00:00
– Hi guys, I hope all is well.
00:01
So for today’s video I thought I would do
00:03
what I mentioned in I think it was my last video,
00:05
or maybe it was my Top Shop call,
00:07
that I would do a video on some of my online shopping tips.
00:10
This is very specifically for online shopping,
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because I do think that going to an actual shop,
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the experience shopping is completely different,
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and I can probably do a video on that in itself
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because it’s a very big topic,
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but for today’s video I’m gonna be focusing on the online.
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So without further ado, let’s get straight into it.
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So my first tip is to keep in mind the measurement.
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Pretty much every website lists the measurements
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and lengths of most of their items on the actual website.
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It’s always a good idea to look at the size of the model
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as well, they normally list them as probably like
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five foot nine, and size eight, but sometimes they do vary.
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I always think of something that’s long on a model
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that’s five foot nine, it’s gonna look way too long on me.
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Or if something looks oversized on someone
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who’s a size eight then maybe think about sizing down.
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I’m not really one that ever really looks at label sizes,
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I always look at things on how they’ll fit.
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Obviously in an online situation
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you don’t have the luxury of seeing what it will look like
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before it comes, just sort of guesstimate based on
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what it looks like on the model,
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and then what sizing I would normally get,
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and just kind of play it by ear and hope for the best.
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My second tip is to always Google for discount codes.
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Most of the time I’ve noticed that discount codes
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normally come up around public holidays,
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like Easter, Halloween, Christmas, New Year,
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also normally codes around pay day,
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but I think it’s always really, really important
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just to Google whatever shop,
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like New Look discount or whatever,
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and just see if there is any active codes at the moment.
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For example the other day I bought some stuff
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off River Island, I don’t normally shop at River Island,
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just because it’s not really one of those
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shops I normally go on.
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This shirt is actually from River Island.
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Basically I just Googled discount codes River Island,
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and then one popped up for 25% off,
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which is a pretty good deal, like this shirt
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was like, 39 pounds, with 25% off,
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it’s even better you know.
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Obviously if you’re a student,
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always use your student discount,
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and I think UNiDAYS is like the big thing,
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I think that’s the site that everyone uses now
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for discount codes for students.
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I haven’t been a student for a long time
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so I feel like I can’t really comment on that,
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but always just Google it, it’s always worth it,
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if you’re gonna save like 10% or 5%, or even 25%,
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like I did with my River Island order
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it’s so worth spending those extra five seconds Googling.
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I have also noticed that if you’re a member of a site
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and you’re logged in, and you save stuff into your bag,
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and don’t check out, often you’ll get a discount code
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like a couple of days later, kinda trying
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to push you into buying stuff.
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I know that FeelUnique and Lookfantastic
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do that all the time, they always seem to like,
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send me a discount code just a couple of days after
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I’ve been on the site and not bought anything.
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Though it’s kind of stalkerish and very, very weird,
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it does save you money in the long run.
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Next thing is about quality and cheapness.
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I don’t think quality and cheapness are always relative.
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Sometimes you can find things that are
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really, really cheap and really affordable,
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and they look amazing, for example I have this white top
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from Boohoo which I absolutely love,
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and I think I paid 16 pounds for it,
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but I think looks really, really expensive,
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it’s amazing quality, and it’s just honestly
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one of the nicest things that I’ve bought
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in a very long time.
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Obviously it’s a lot harder to tell
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when you’re looking at a picture,
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if it’s gonna be cheap or look bad in real life.
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Although I love Boohoo, I often find
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a lot of their stuff is very, very hit and miss,
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some of it’s amazing, some of it’s really rubbish,
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so it’s definitely worth keeping that in mind,
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if it looks cheap and sounds cheap, and is cheap,
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it might be cheap in the end.
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That literally makes no sense, I’m really sorry.
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I’m really struggling to film this video
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because we’re having our irrigation system redone,
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and it’s so loud and so noisy,
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and it’s actually making this room that I’m in shake.
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(distant machinery hums)
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Ooh, they stopped, maybe I can talk again.
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Another thing to keep in mind is if you
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desperately need something for an event,
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don’t leave it till the last minute,
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and definitely buy more than one size.
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I’ve had so many mishaps with Asos recently,
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with them, basically their delivery cutoff time
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is normally like, 11, 12 o’clock,
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and I’ve ordered things at like, nine, for next day delivery
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and they’ve arrived on time,
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and then I’ve ordered things around the same time
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and they’ve not come on time,
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and it’s the most frustrating thing ever.
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Obviously it’s my own fault for leaving it so late,
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but normally they’re pretty reliable,
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but I’ve had a few mishaps recently
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and it’s pissed me off.
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There are brands that I just definitely
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don’t order from because they’ve done so many things
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to annoy me in the past, to do with delivery,
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for example Missguided, I won’t buy from Missguided
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because I hate Yodel, the delivery company,
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and I just really don’t like Missguided at all,
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I don’t like, I just don’t like them.
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Maybe I’ll talk about it one day,
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the behind-the-scenes stuff about that,
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but that’s another story.
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Again if you desperately need something
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like a dress for an occasion, buy more than one size.
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Obviously it’s more expensive and if you have the money
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to be able to buy the same dress in two sizes,
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just to see which one fits better,
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then definitely do it,
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it’s not worth risking it if you need something ASAP,
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and you need something urgently,
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and it comes and you could do with a size up
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or a size down, so just order the two sizes.
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Then we come to sales, now I’m not a sale person,
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I don’t enjoy sale time,
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I always think if I didn’t want something full price
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why would I want it half price?
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I’m not really that into sales so I can’t
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really comment on this, but I’m gonna add it in anyway,
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because I feel like it’s an important thing to make.
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Look around for presales and then typical dates
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that sales start, if anyone works for any specific retailers
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and wanna leave some tips down in the comments section,
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then help a sister out, I’m sure there’ll be people
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out there who’d love sales and would love to know
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when they’re gonna start,
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because there’s nothing more annoying
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than when you buy something full price,
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wear it, and then next week it’s like
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half price in the sale.
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That always happens to me, and that’s why
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I get so annoyed about sale time.
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But I do think it’s definitely worth looking
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for high-ticket items go into the sale,
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for example coats, coats always get super cheap
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around New Year.
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Check other brands websites.
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An example of this is when I bought a mesh bodysuit
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from the brand Glamorous, on Asos,
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I think it was like 28 pounds,
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and I went on their actual website,
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the Glamorous website, and I think it was like
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in the sale for like, 10 maybe,
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and then I found a discount code for 15% off,
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so I think in total I paid 10.25 plus postage,
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for this bodysuit which was on Asos for
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literally, like double the price.
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I don’t normally do that but I was just
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checking something else out on the Glamorous website,
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and I was like, wait a second,
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why am I spending double on the same thing,
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so it’s definitely worth checking out
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the original retailer if you’re buying something
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on like a multi-brand website.
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But speaking of multi-brand retailers,
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they’re really good if you wanna buy things
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from more than one shop, but don’t wanna
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keep paying all the postage for different things.
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For example Asos and Zalando have so many different brands,
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Asos has tons and tons of brands
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as well as their own branded stuff,
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and they stock River Island, they stock New Look,
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Warehouse, Oasis, like so many High Street retailers,
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and you can just buy it all in one place.
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Always look for free shipping and free returns.
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I always, always loathe any website
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that makes you pay to return something.
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I don’t think that’s right,
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I know Missguided charge like 2.50 to return a parcel,
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and I think that’s wrong, I think you shouldn’t charge
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your customers a return fee, I just think it’s weird.
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Most if not all online fashion retailers
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offer free postage over a certain amount.
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But always look for free shipping codes.
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When you’re buying stuff online and you’re not sure
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if you’re gonna keep it you don’t wanna be throwing away
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four pounds delivery if you don’t actually like it,
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it’s just a waste of money.
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I love Asos Premier, I think Asos Premier
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is so, so worth it, it’s like 10 pounds
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for a whole year of free next day delivery.
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Boohoo have also started doing free next day delivery,
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for a year for a tenner, and honestly
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it’s one of the best things that I pay for,
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it’s so useful, it helps me out
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in so many sticky clothing situations,
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and it really, really is worth it.
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When you think about it, next day delivery
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on a lot of websites can be between 6-8 pounds,
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I know that Zara is something ridiculous.
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Yeah, always, always check for free returns
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and free shipping, don’t pay for it,
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just don’t, it’s not worth it.
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So yeah, there we go, those are my online shopping tips.
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I think that those are like the key ones,
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I feel there’s probably more that I’ve missed out,
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but if you guys have any tips or tricks or whatever
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when you’re online shopping
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then do leave them in the comments, because I know
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that most people watch videos and read comments
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at the same time.
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That’s definitely not just me, right?
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Coz I swear that I’ll watch a video
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on the YouTube app and then I’ll always scroll down
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and read the comments.
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So if you do comment with any useful information
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I’m sure everyone will be really, really appreciative.
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I know a lot of people find it
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intimidating buying things online,
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but I haven’t had any huge issues ever,
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which I’m very, very thankful for,
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apart from with Missguided, I just don’t like Missguided.
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I really hope you guys enjoyed watching this video,
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please give it a big thumbs up if you liked it,
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please subscribe to may channel if you’re not already,
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and I’ll speak to you guys in my next video.
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If you have any suggestions of videos
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you’d like to see on this channel, then do let me know.
09:01
Yeah, thank you so much for watching and bye.
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