There are occasions when there isn’t enough time or the thought of going through traffic and crowds in shopping malls puts you off the idea of shopping: Hence why online shopping has become so popular. Online shopping sites have filled the gap for many who simply don’t enjoy the whole shopping experience and would like to make their purchases quickly and effortlessly. Without overheads, online stores are also able to offer items at much cheaper prices than regular stores.
Usually, discounts and prices offered by these sites are the main attraction for shoppers. However, one must not forget that the shipping fee can be pricey (especially for bulky items and overseas purchases). But many online stores have now realised that offering free or subsidised shipping helps create customer loyalty, and puts them ahead of the competition. This comes at a smaller cost than most think thanks to bulk and frequent customer discounts given by courier companies and the postal service.
These are the top 10 online shopping sites with competitive retail prices and free shipping!
Thepoplook sells clothing and accessories for teen girls. They offer free shipping throughout Malaysia via Poslaju and even to Singapore using SF Express Courier Service. With a purchase of RM1000 in a single receipt, thepoplook provides free international shipping to every other country except Israel. Following UK sizes, thepoplook also has sales of up to 60% every so often.
With up to 9 retail outlets throughout Selangor and 1 in Melaka, Fblock boasts a variety of products from clothes and accessories to bags and beauty products. With a purchase of RM100 and above, Fblock offers free shipping throughout Malaysia with a delivery time frame of 3 to 6 days.
3. Glam up boutique
In the running for online shop of the year in the Digi Wwwow Awards, Glam up boutique specialises in cosmetics from Korea. With the Hallyu or Korean Wave becoming popular with Malaysians in the past few years, Glam up boutique could be the go-to online shop for cosmetics. They provide free shipping to Malaysia and Singapore after reaching a minimum purchase of RM100 for West Malaysia, RM120 for East Malaysia, RM250 for Singapore.
4. Fashion valet
Fashion valet not only offers free international shipping; they reward shoppers with loyalty points where RM100 = 100 points = RM1 to spend. Free shipping is available for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei whilst other countries will have to place an order above a certain amount before enjoying free shipping (minimum amount varies depending on country. Fashion Valet sells clothes for women and children; shoes and accessories. Keep an eye out for their festive sales!
Over the years Zalora has slowly become one of the hottest online shopping sites for both men and women. Zalora offer a wide variety of choices. Whether if it is for sports, grooming, beauty, clothes, shoes, whatever you are looking for, they most likely have it. Shipping is free provided shoppers make a purchase above RM75.
Asos is well-known internationally as a preferred online clothing destination for men and women. They sell different brands and even have their own label. Most importantly, they offer free shipping to over 190 different countries with no minimum purchase required.
7. Book depository
Online shopping sites are not just about clothes and cosmetics. Book depository offers free worldwide shipping and has every type of genre imaginable. If a good book is hard to come by, then try checking out the inventory in Book depository.
Specialising in electronic gadgets and devices, Lazada provides free shipping nationwide with a minimum purchase of RM50 (Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley), RM100 (West Malaysia) RM150 (East Malaysia). Lazada works on Cash on Delivery system and items are returnable within 14 days of purchase.
eBay may come off as a shock for most people but they do offer free shipping. Just keep an eye out for sellers that are offering free shipping (just make sure you ask if postage to Malaysia is included in the offer!). Furthermore, even if they are not, negotiating with them might change their mind into waiving the shipping fee for you.
Even the food industry has taken the step into online businesses, this is not a food delivery like McDonald’s or Pizza Hut but instead, Foodworld delivers your groceries to you. This helps save time for working mothers, students living alone or for bachelor/bachelorettes. Foodworld provides free delivery as well but only within the Klang Valley area, Penang and Johor Bahru with orders above RM200.
Online shopping is slowly increasing in popularity and its market is ever growing. Exorbitant shipping and risks involved used to put people off but with free shipping and even online dispute mechanisms; could it possibly pose a threat to traditional shopping?
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