A Few Things to Remember When Buying Clothing from Online Auctions

  1. You can’t return it.
  2. You can’t try it on.
  3. You can’t feel it.
  4. Titles and descriptions are not always accurate. Mistakes and typos are common.
  5. The photograph may not be a good representation of the garment.
  6. Colours are not standardised. What is teal to me may be green to you.
  7. Sizes are not standardised. A size 10 from Monsoon is not the same as a size 10 from Karen Millen.
  8. The seller’s idea of sexy, pretty, floaty, stunning may not be the same as yours.
  9. The seller’s idea of “great condition” may not be the same as yours.

10.  Used doesn’t necessarily mean worn out. It may mean it’s been worn once for an hour or many times over the course of a year.

11.  New doesn’t always actually mean new. It may mean it was tried on, worn once or even worn several times but is in “as new” condition.

12.  Online auctions aren’t always cheaper, especially if the postage and packaging costs are high.

13.  If it’s not right, you might not be able to sell it for as much as you bought it for.

What all of this means is that you have to take more care when buying clothes from an online auction than you have to when purchasing from a high street shop or etailer.

Read the description very carefully, check the measurements, ask the seller questions, get more photos sent and make sure you know as much about the garment as you can before you decide to bid.

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