Here’s how you can shop smarter and own more for less
By Samantha Francis; Cover photo: Courtesy of StyleTheory
If shopping is your cardio of choice, you must already be familiar with credit card rebates, sale seasons and outlet shopping.
But for those who love a good dose of online shopping, these three websites are god-sent. There’s an infinite wardrobe subscription, a cash back site for luxury shopping and a peer-to-peer buying service that can get you (almost) any item you want in the world.
Time to cart out!
1. Buy (almost) anything from anywhere in the world
Do you covet beauty brands like Colourpop or Anastasia Beverly Hills, that are not yet available in Singapore? Or cult status bags so popular, it’s near impossible to cart out before it’s gone OOS?
With Shopandbox, you’ll be able to easily buy items that are either not available at the country you’re based in, or available at a much higher price.
Unlike existing freight forwarding services, the peer-to-peer buying platform delivers a personalised service by matching Shoppers with Boxers who share their interests.
Boxers do not mark up the cost of items and simply collect a small service fee of 10-14% of the total bill as compensation for their time and effort.
To sweeten the deal, Boxers can shop across multiple stores and give real-time updates on product availability, as well as access limited edition items.
Thanks to an exclusive partnership with DHL Express, shoppers can enjoy international door-to-door service in just 1-3 days with lower rates than any other shipping method.
2. Enjoy cash rebates as you shop
If you’re an avid (read: incurable) online shopper, you must’ve heard of ShopBack. The platform works by helping shoppers get great deals, discounts and most importantly, cash rebates, on more than 500 stores including Zalora, Lazada, RedMart, Agoda.
But if luxurious brands are your weakness, be sure to check out ShopBack Premium. Highlights include a 3% cash back for shopping on Net-A-Porter via the platform.
Here’s an example: Your purchase of a vintage gown from Dolce & Gabbana (USD 9,375) essentially translates to a saving of USD 281.25. This could easily go towards scoring a matching pair of gold-plated earrings from Chloé to complete the look.
Shoppers can also enjoy up to 7% cash back for brands such as Karen Millen, Rebecca Minkoff, Ann Taylor and more.
3. Own an infinite wardrobe of designer clothes
StyleTheory aims to solve the age old dilemma of having nothing to wear — often coupled ironically with an overflowing wardrobe.
For $89 a month, shoppers can enjoy a wardrobe of unlimited designer clothes in ‘like new’ condition.
Members can browse through the online wardrobe and build a wish list of as many items as they want, before picking the first three items to be shipped.
Soon, the clothes arrive “ready to wear” in a clean and fully pressed condition. The outfits may be kept for as long as they want and simply returned once ready.
After which, the next three items can be picked, and so on. Plus, shipping is free for both deliveries and returns.
Shoppers can expect a wide selection of clothes from trend setting designers like Self Portrait, Finders Keepers The Label, Thea By Thara, The Kooples, Tex Saverio and more.
While the platform is still in its soft launch stage, interested shoppers can start joining the wait list now.