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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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! 

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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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Where to get your last minute Chinese New Year clothing online? Check out here!!!

Where to get your last minute Chinese New Year clothing online? Check out here!!!Chinese New Year is just around the corner! And if you have not started your CNY clothing shopping spree yet, better get started now before it gets too late! Shopping for CNY is always a headache for me because if i start too early, most of the clothing in stores are mostly colours like black, grey and dark blue (winter collection), nothing screams CNY to me at all. And if i start too late (as late as 1 week before CNY), i can’t find anything that fits me and my budget.

Thus i am left with ‘either just buy something or wear your old clothing’, and trust me, it is extremely stressful! Thus, i would usually go into this period of panic mode, frantically searching for clothing in every single store, even those that i have never entered or dreamed of entering at all (just to try my luck). All because of the CNY tradition of having a new piece of clothing to welcome a “brand new” new year.

Well, it is a good excuse to finally buy clothes without being nagged at by your parents too, so why not? But doing your CNY shopping now is still not too late, it is still better to get it now than being panic at the last minute. Thus, let’s start exploring our local online stores now!

MEGAGAMIE

Where to get your last minute Chinese New Year clothing online? Check out here!!!

Megagamie offers a wide range of unique style that you don’t find at other online stores. Their items are so delicate and trendy, it is really hard not to love them. At just $35, you can get a really lovely modern cheongsam top (the one in the picture above). Just top it off with their tulle skirt or a pair of jeans and you are ready for the new year!My personal favourites are the Organza Bow Belt Cheongsam Dress In Midnight (Size S & L are still available!) and Porcelain Embroidery Cheongsam Flare Dress In Red (Size S is still available!). Both items gives off the classic look of cheongsum but includes a modern twist. Get them before they are sold out!

LOVE & BRAVERY

Where to get your last minute Chinese New Year clothing online? Check out here!!!

You will be spoilt for choice at Love & Bravery because they offers such a wide range of CNY collections. Really unique designs and lovely colours as well. I really wanted to buy some of their CNY pieces but it was sold out even before i saw them. But fret not, they have just added some new pieces to their collection thus do get them early this time! Some of my favourites include TROPICAL GARDEN PRINTED CHEONGSAM WHITE (the middle piece in the picture above) and MISSA EMBROIDERY CHEONGSAM RED (all sizes are available). Both pieces are eye catching but not overwhelming. They are great for casual wear after CNY too!

MGP

Where to get your last minute Chinese New Year clothing online? Check out here!!!

MGP offers so many cheongsam inspired dresses that are great for CNY visiting without looking too overdressed. They are fun but yet gives off that festive mood, definitely a great online store to check out before you put a full-stop to your CNY purchases. My personal favourites are Loewe Cheongsam in Pink (the second one from the left) and My Fair Lady Qipao in MintThese 2 pieces are great for those who love cool and light colours (the qipao in mint is to die for). Do check them out before they get sold out!

FAIRE BELLE

Where to get your last minute Chinese New Year clothing online? Check out here!!!

If you are not opting for so much of the cheongsam design but is going for a more casual dress or top that you are still comfortable to wear after CNY, Faire Belle have a large range to offer. They have many great classic pieces that you should own that are both value for money and easy to wear. I love JENITH LACE WRAPE ROMPER – CREME and *PREMIUM* YVETTE CROCHET DRESS – CRIMSON. They are great for casual shopping trip as well as CNY brunch/visiting. Be sure to check back for new designs!

There you go! These are some of the online stores that i have bookmarked just in case i would like to have new additions to my CNY outfits. However, many sizes are quickly being snapped up thus don’t wait any longer, do your CNY shopping now!

“May the CNY clothing be ever in your favour”

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