Tips and Tricks for Online Shopping

Online shopping is convenient, fast and easy to access. So Im pretty sure majority of us have tried doing online shopping at some point in our life at least once. And yes, it is more common and safe, but let’s not forget that there are definitely some kind of danger (aka risk), as well as more special deals (aka discounts) involved during online shopping. Since it is rather difficult to avoid online shopping (after you have turned into an addict), why not shop smart? Join me on this quest to shop hard and shop smart now!

1) Always check out for any first-time purchase discount code

Yes most of the online stores offer that! And usually it will range from 10%-20% off, or simply cash voucher that are claimable upon check out. Or rather, you will need to subscribe them (and by subscribing to them, they are allowed to send you promotional emails) to get the discount code for first time purchase. Either way, it is a win win situation, you get your price off on the items you want, and you get to have first hand information when they have new arrivals or special discounts exclusive for subscribers. If you like their range of items, I’m sure you will want to check back for other offerings as well. So why not?

2) Check their shipping rates and conditions

Well, i will usually check their international shipping charges and minimum before i even proceed to look at their items. This is important (if you usually do international shipping) because it will allow you to have an overview of the overall price that you will be checking out (your item(s) + shipping + any additional fees). And it is critical to know because if the shipping rates are high (e.g. $20 for international shipping), the value of the item that you are going to purchase will be more expensive than what you will consider a ‘good deal’. Thus, it may be better if you could find another online store that offer free international shipping (e.g. ASOS) or simply check out your local retail shops.

3) Read reviews about that online store or the items 

Sometimes, it is hard to determine the credibility of the online store (since it is considered virtual) and if the product that they are selling matches the price you are paying. Especially when you are dealing with money online (via credit card), it is extremely crucial to note that your details are secured. If you can’t find any reviews about the online store, then the next best option is to look out for any kind of review on items that they are selling (in their own site). This could be reviews written by customers in their site under each product. Read through and see what are some of the problems they faced and the feedback on the quality of the product etc (well it is good to know what others been through so you don’t have to go through it as well). The more reviews that the product have (when there are both good and bad reviews), the more credible they will be. And also look out for photos that customers tagged or uploaded. It will give more assurance of the reviews and reviewers.

4) Check out the sale section 

You may be surprised to know that there are plenty of good deals at the sale section, including items that look great and are heavily discounted. Sale section usually comprises item that are out of season or are previously priced too high (thus lesser purchases made) or are items that do not have much available sizes left. If you are too lazy to go through pages and pages of items that do not have your size, do go to the filter section to filter out your size, preferred colour etc. That will enhance your efficiency when looking out for good deals (that is the perks of buying online since it is less messy and more desirable to shop sale section). In addition, online shops tend to offer sale on sale (additional sale on top of the sale) during times when they want to clear their stock fast and it is a great avenue for consumers who are looking out for a good deal.

5) Place your items in the ‘wish list’

You really like many items but you are just not ready to buy them all? Yes i believe many of us experienced that. The ‘angel’ in our head will tell us NO even before we proceed to the check out counter. Thus, that is when the ‘wish list’ comes in handy to save our items so we can go back to them some other time to maybe purchase them? It is really useful as you will not have to go through the entire product list again to search for the same item when you are ready to purchase it. And in times of sale (eg. storewide sale for a limited time), you are all ready to go for it on the items that you are eyeing on for the longest time. It saves you the hassle and you will also have more time to go through the new items before the sale expires. You are also able to monitor price drop for your desired items easily. So why not? Make full use of the ‘wish list’ so you will save more $$ for next purchase. *high five*

 

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Kate Spade : 5 Must-Have Bags for Spring

Have you checked out the new range of bags from Kate Spade yet? If you have not, now is the time! And did i mention that they recently collaborated with Disney too (Kate Spade + Mickey and Minnie)? OH EM GEE yes i know you want to see it as much as i do because who don’t love Disney right? Ok i should just stop talking and get started with the bags!!

FLAVOR OF THE MONTH WICKER TEDDY BEAR

Kate Spade : 5 Must-Have Bags for Spring

How did Kate Spade know that i always wanted a teddy bear bag? It is so incredibly cute! It really exceeded my every expectations of a teddy bear bag. Who knew bringing a teddy bear out could look so fashionable. Definitely a spring must-have, and I’m sure it will fit into your spring outfit perfectly. And it is so instagrammable! Im definitely saying YES to the bear.

FLAVOR OF THE MONTH CAROUSEL BAG

Kate Spade : 5 Must-Have Bags for Spring

Kate Spade, you really do know what girls need even before they mention it! (Thank you for that!) Carousel is every girls’ favourite at the amusement park and now we can carry it with us everywhere we want. This bag is so fun and is great to match with a pair of high waisted jeans and wedges. It is not too kiddish, with just the right amount of detail. OH-SO-CHIC! I think i really need one!

FLAVOR OF THE MONTH PEANUTS BAG

Kate Spade : 5 Must-Have Bags for Spring

A peanut (or popcorn) basket? Checked. Black and white stripes? Checked. Gold handle? Checked. OH-SO-CHIC again! Dammnnnnnn Kate Spade. I guess i really need it as well! Just imagine carrying it to your garden party with your besties. The perfect fun bag for the afternoon.

MINNIE MOUSE MINNIE BOW CLASP

Kate Spade : 5 Must-Have Bags for Spring

Kate Spade + Minnie. That is what I’m talking about! You did it again Kate Spade. I do need a evening clutch for dinner and isn’t it so much fun to bring one that comes with the Minnie iconic bow? Time travel back to my childhood. Just simply in love with this clutch.

MILTON LANE SMALL LANIE

Kate Spade : 5 Must-Have Bags for Spring

Alright, to simmer down the bag-citement for this post, let me bring back the iconic Kate Spade bag that is sweet, feminine and subtle. This is the perfect bag for Spring, featuring the Pantone colour of the year; Rose Quartz. A perfect spring time favourite and so easy to match with all your spring outfit. It will go so well with lace and floral dresses (current trend for Spring) and just the right size to fit your iPhone and wallet.

I am loving Kate Spade’s spring collection and I hope you do as well! Kate Spade can really read a girl’s mind!

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My Akagu Experience

My Akagu Experience

Wait for the price to drop and bid it! That is so simple. Don’t get it? Let me explain…

What is Akagu? 

Akagu is one-of-a-kind online retailer (that is based in Australia) which allow customers to purchase items at the price the customer decide/want. Price of the item will drop continuously for a limited time period and all you have to do is to bid on the item when you think the price is right and check out. Ta Dah! All you need to do is to wait for your item to arrive at your doorstep (and yes, they do international delivery as well).

What brands do they feature?

Australian fashion labels. Check out their current brand collaborations here.

Are the events permanent? 

Unfortunately no. Akagu will inform customers of an active event in advance, which last approximately 9 hours (usually from 12-9pm Australian time) for 3 days. Akagu will inform customers via email, Instagram, Facebook etc before the launch of the event thus no one will miss out on the good deal! Just make sure you mark your calendar!

It is too good to be true, can i trust it? 

Absolutely YES! I felt the same way initially but decided to participate in the event nonetheless (because they featured one of my favourite brand) and i got my item at approximately 60% off the original price (I’m serious!). I received my item within 3 weeks (i am in Singapore btw) and am hooked to Akagu ever since!

Ok, so how can i access Akagu?

Just click here. Do remember to sign up and log in before bidding to ensure that your bidding is being secured and went through successfully.

 

By far, Akagu is the only retailer (that i know) that operates in this business model and i think that it is a fantastic idea for customers (us!). Who wouldn’t like a good deal or discount, especially on items that we have been eyeing on for weeks (or months).

Well, still find it hard to believe? Well then, read on and follow me through on my Akagu journey below. Just continue scrolling on!

 

This is the first page that I saw when I entered the website during the event. 

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Remember to sign up! Signing up after bidding may affect your chances of a successful bidding. 

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These are the items that i was eyeing on! As you can see, the hanger backless shirt’s price had already dropped from $70 to $53.12. 

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And yes, as a typical Asian (who loves discount), i continued to wait for the price to drop further.

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And yes! At the final minute of the price drop (OMG IT IS $28.39😱), i decided to bid on the hanger backless shirt (bidding button is below but make sure you choose your size first). And yes i got it at AUD$28.39. By this time, I’m overwhelmed by what Akagu can offer and i seriously can’t wait to receive the item. 

Now just fill in your payment and delivery details and ‘sit back and relax’ while Akagu do the remaining work for you. And btw, there is a 10% off on your first purchase! 

My Akagu Experience

And after 3 weeks…….. 

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Now that I’m hooked on Akagu, i think you should too! Good things are meant for sharing😜. Sign up now so you wouldn’t miss any of their event! Calling all ladies, now is the time to add new clothing to your wardrobe and I’m sure your wallet will thank you for that!

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