Online shopping has come of age today and if there is a product that can be even thought of, it will be available online. With babyT everything that I ever used or made him wear has been bought online. In fact, I think if I ever walked into a brick and mortar store for kids-wear I wouldn’t have a clue how to shop. This took me back to his newborn days where I was drowning in all my hormonal swirls and being a breastfed baby meant I couldn’t really be away from babyT for long periods of time. At times like these, it was online shopping that saved the day for me.
Shopping online for kids-wear especially has been a blessing because it is super convenient, offers an unimaginable variety of clothes, facilitates comparison as per whatever criteria you have for selection and the cherry on the cake is the exemplary customer service that the e-retailers offer.
Oh, the convenience of online shopping. I don’t need to dress up and drive and park and trudge up and down the mall floors and go from store to store to find what I am looking for. Add to that the thought of a toddler who a) refuses to get dressed b) Needs to be accompanied with a big bag of diapers, wipes, water, snacks etc. c) will only drive me insane running amok all around the store.
I can shop online in my pyjamas, with bed hair, while I sip away my morning cuppa and keep adding to the cart and finally check out at night when all is settled in this household. Sounds way better than a day at the mall to me, don’t you think?
The online retail space offers a one-stop shop for everything you could possibly need. For instance, you can buy Indian wear or western wear, sleepwear or party wear, clothes, and matching shoes and accessories. All this under one roof, or website rather. Don’t take my word for it, go check all the categories on offer at an online store – literally everything from A to Z.
I don’t think I know of any mall outlets that can offer all these and that too for multiple brands.
Online shopping sites use algorithms and software to make searching for your dream product easier than clicking your fingers. All you have to do is tick the right boxes from a drop-down menu for options like age, size, colour, price range, discounts, brand names and more. You can really narrow down the search to find that one product you are looking for. This is way easier than looking for kids wear in a store.
Gone are the days when online shopping meant not being sure of what would turn up on your doorstep. Any brand that is conscious of their image and wants to survive and be profitable knows that they cannot compromise on quality. So the brands available to online retailers to collaborate with and stock on their website have also multiplied manifold. You as a customer ultimately benefit because you are assured of great quality products at competitive prices.
The only downside of buying clothes online is that you don’t get to try them on first. And honestly, even when you do visit a store chances are your toddler will bring the roof down before you can convince him to try on a new outfit.
While most sizes are standardized and if you have used a particular brand once you can follow the size guide for future purchases, there are still times when you feel a product is just not hitting the happiness quotient.
Well, even that is taken care of with a no questions asked returns policy. Most online stores treat the customer as King (or Queen) and have a very open policy of accepting products back if you retain the tags. The process of return is also simple and hassle-free. You just have to log in and select the products from your past orders and check the “return/ exchange” option. Online stores like Myntra even arrange to have the product picked up promptly and process the returns in a very timely manner.
Some other points why I love online shopping –
With all these guarantees and variety it is not surprising that online shopping has become so popular today. And it is serious retail therapy too. I get instant gratification for when I am feeling the need to splurge on new clothes for babyT. When I was in my Cloth Diaper hoarding phase and I needed a bug and butterflies themed T-shirt to go with his new bug print diaper, it was only online shopping that saved my day. I cannot even imagine going to ten different retail stores and asking them for a T-shirt with bugs on it. They would have just looked at me funny!
And lastly when has an outing to the mall to shop been just that. You also need to dine out, spend some time in the soft play area, eat extra calories in the form of dessert, give in to impulsive shopping and buy tin foil balloons which in 4 out of 5 cases will limp up before the car ride home ends. So save yourself the time, money and effort and shop online.