I love my son… and he makes a pretty good shopping companion. However, I’m not fond of torturing him while I go from store to store trying to find the exact thing I need. Dealing with strollers and car seats too many times in one day gets on my last nerve. And, he still doesn’t get that much exposure anyway.
Enter the internet…
I’m on the hunt for the perfect pair of summer sandals. Something comfortable and stylish, without too much of a heel. I was convinced this search would be the end of me.
And then I remembered Zappos.
Shopping online at Zappos is like traipsing around to 3 different malls… there’s that many shoes! And their search function is great, allowing me to whittle my pickiness down to the last detail.
With their outrageously generous shipping policy (FREE BOTH WAYS!) and easy-peasy returns (you have a full year), when I’m in the need for new soles, I look to Zappos… every time. If you were already planning on buying shoes and paying department store sale prices, Zappos is definitely for you. Their pricing is very reasonable, and for the convenience, I consider it worth every penny.
So, I wait until the day after my credit card statement closes for the month… then I go crazy shopping at Zappos, putting all the shoes in my online cart that I would have asked the shoe salesman to pull out for me at the store. Lately, it’s been about a dozen shoes or so at a time (there’s just too many to choose from, and brands I’ve never bought before, so I have no idea how they’ll fit). :S
Because my order is large, Zappos upgrades my shipping to overnight for FREE. So, the very next day, I receive a big box of shoes on my doorstep… seriously – the very next day. (I placed an order yesterday at nearly 7pm my time, and according to my package tracking, my order will be delivered TODAY.)
In the comfort of my home, I take my time trying and evaluating which shoes I want to keep… sometimes its just one pair, sometimes a couple. When I’m all done, I visit their site again, process my return, print out my label, box back up the shoes I want to send back, and drop the package at my local UPS store. For me, I make sure to do all this before my credit card statement closes for the next month, thereby ensuring I don’t have to pay or carry a large Zappos charge on my statement. They’ve always processed my refund and posted my credit within a week of my return shipment.
So seriously, if you’re in the market for a new pair of shoes… you can’t go wrong with Zappos!
Please note: I am NOT being paid or compensated in any way to write about Zappos… unless you consider the fact that I’m about to receive my second dozen set of sandals to peruse. :S I’ve just had a really good experience, and wanted to share the love!