I am done with insta-shopping and down with insta-saving by shopping the Wish.com mobile app. It’s an obsession. Here’s why.
All those cute dresses and swimsuits I see advertised on social media I can find on the Wish app for $10 or less. No lie. Just about anything on Wish is dirt cheap.
Of course you can shop Wish via desktop, but I prefer shopping it from my phone. And you’ll find me shopping Wish before I shop anywhere else. It has changed my life! Here’s a small sample of what I’ve bought so far.
Boho Floral Dress
I bet you’ve seen this cutie advertised on Facebook and Instagram for somewhere between $40-$60, right? I got it at Wish for $10. But, here’s the plot twist: after making my purchase, I found it with another Wish seller for only $5!!! Amazing. I was bummed that I could have bought the dress at a lower price, but it was a good Wish-shopping lesson, and my first one, too.
Tie Dye Dress
This pretty piece was advertised on social media for $20. I got it on the Wish app for $8. My only regret is that I didn’t get the black version, too. But, I still can.
I saw this sexy two-piece advertised online and on sale for about $29. I got it via the Wish app for $11.
The first thing you want to know about is quality, I’m sure. I would compare the quality to that of H&M or Forever21. So, it’s definitely not designer quality, but it’s no worse quality than your average affordable fashion boutique.
You also want to know about sizing. To be safe, I always size up; and so far, that strategy has worked wonderfully for me. Most products are accompanied with reviews and sizing charts. I recommend reading both before making a purchase.
While all of my clothing purchases have worked out for me, not every single item I bought on Wish has. For example, I purchased an anti-glare screen guard for my laptop, and it didn’t anti-do-anything. But, I paid a $1 for it. So, it’s no big deal. Also, I ordered a phone charger ($3) that was described as compatible with my iPhone 6S. It wasn’t.
However, I have ordered a lot of other things from the Wish app, and all of those other purchases have been successful, including a cute kitty cat face sponge holder for my kitchen sink ($1), a set of three loofahs (free, just pay shipping), and a razor holder for my shower (free, just pay shipping).
Here are some things you need to keep in mind when shopping Wish:
- You’re buying directly from sellers in China.
- Because of that, shipping takes forever! And by forever, I mean, like, two to three weeks. So, not really forever, but it feels like it. And, it’s normally shipped USPS. I have yet to receive anything via FedEx or UPS.
- Shipping ranges from $1-$4. I haven’t discovered any outrageous shipping prices. I would imagine it varies depending on package size.
- Not everything is dirt cheap. I’ve found items, including stylish fashion pieces, that are priced at $50 or more. I mean, for $50, I may as well as shop Amazon.
- You won’t find every single thing you see advertised online available at Wish. My sample purchases may seem impressive, but honestly, there are many items I’ve searched for that I can’t find.
- Like eBay, there are multiple sellers on Wish. So, shop around. Like I mentioned before, after I purchased that pretty boho dress, I found another seller selling it for half the price.
- Items advertised as free still require that you pay shipping. It’s not really free, but it’s close.
- Sometimes you’ll see an item advertised as one price, then when you add it to your cart, it’s more than advertised. I’m finding that the lower price is often limited to a color or size. For example, I saw something advertised as $4, but that was for size small only. The medium and large sizes were $8.
- I’ve spotted a few counterfeit items on Wish. Stay away from those. Counterfeit fashion is bad, m’kay?
- Again, in case you missed me saying it the first time, size up!
Two more things to note: I’ve not purchased shoes, yet. So, I have no feedback there. And, I have not attempted to return anything. I can’t imagine that going well. For as little as I am paying for products, I’m willing to take the risk. If it doesn’t work out, I can always donate it or give it to a friend.
My shopping pattern has transformed from instantly purchasing something that catches my eye to looking for my coveted item on the Wish app, first. Or, if I think of something I need in my wardrobe (for instance, I am currently craving yellow pants), I check the selection on the Wish app before I venture out to the mall or shopping online boutiques. Like I said, I’m not finding everything I want or need on the Wish app, but to save money, I’ll shop there first before I go anywhere else.
Now, my Wish experience is completely personal. You may not be convinced. And, that’s okay. It’s good to be a discerning consumer. So, before you download the app or shop online, read this article from Advisory HQ to learn more about Wish. Happy shopping!