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Member Name: Natasha_25
Advantages: no fights over sales, quick, simple to use, not all of it is overly expensive, caters to most tastes
I am not a fan of trawling round shops, fighting through the crowds, to return home with some top which I only bought so I didn't feel that the battle was a waste of time. So when I found out about ASOS I thought this is the way for me.
ASOS is an online shop which sells clothes from leading brands like All Saints, Wheels and Dollbaby and French Connection, and they have their own ASOS Collection. A lot of their clothes are cheaper versions of outfits seen on celebrities, hence the acronym As Seen On Screen.
Having a shop online makes things so much easier for the shopper. There is a search bar where you can write a description or product code if you know it, or if you're not sure of what you're after you can hover over dresses, tops, t-shirts, knits, jackets, jeans and more categories. Once you have decided what sort of thing you are looking for you then have the choice to narrow the search down by colour, size, price range, brand, celebrity style or product type. You can also reorder the products according to relevance, price and how new it is.
There are also sections for men and children, beauty, designer, outlet and life. You can also search through the lists of brands.
So what about prices? ASOS ranges from the ridiculously expensive (£385 for a dress and you can match that with £120 for a pair of leggings) to the perfectly affordable; tops for £6. They also have a clearance sale on most of the time and you can sometimes get discounts through if they start sending you their magazine. These are usually £10 off if you spend over a certain amount.
The website itself does have quite a nice layout; it is clear and easy to use without looking too bare. The homepage has the logo and departments at the top, along with a search bar, shopping bag summary, account log in, help and option to change the currency. The rest of the page shows models in the latest fashion, a 15% sale and the September issue of the magazine. Once you've chosen the item you want to look at you can flick through three or four photos of it, with certain products also the different colours. You can also zoom in on certain areas and make the whole picture bigger. I like that the item is always shown on a model to give you a better idea of what it would look like when being worn, even if most of them are stick insects. There is a choice of what sizes are available, sometimes in 6, 8, 12, or in small, medium, large, but always with the numbered size beside it and a size guide to help. There is information on the product, care, delivery and returns. There are four products shown that would 'Complete the Look' and items other customers bought with it.
Once the item is chosen you can go to your bag and chose to pay securely through the account you set up with them. You can ask them not to save your card details. At this point there is a chance to put in any discount code you may have and to choose delivery.
For delivery there is a Super Saver which is free and takes up to six working days, but I've never known it to take more than four. The UK Standard is £3.95, or free if you've spent over £75, and takes three working days. UK Next Day delivery is £5.95 or free if you've spent more than £100, you can only do this before 7pm on weekdays and before 2pm on a Sunday. UK nominated day is £5.95, you can choose up to seven days in advance. UK same day delivery, it is for selected post codes only, costs £7.95 and has to be ordered before 2pm midweek and midday at weekends. There is international shipping. To the Americas it takes about seven days and costs about $6.00. There is also an express option which takes about three days and costs $12. To Europe it takes about five days and cost is from Euro6.00, or express is to days and the price is from Euro12.00. For the rest of the world it costs £10.50 and takes five days, express takes two days and costs £20.
I have always been happy with the products I have bought so I can't tell you how reliable they are but the product must be in its original condition and must be returned within twenty-eight. ASOS promises to refund the product, but not the delivery charge. They will also exchange for a different size or colour.
I love this website, not just the way of shopping but the products they have too. I don't think I've ever been on the site without going 'Ooo I'll have that, but I like that, oh and that!'
Summary: the perfect way of shopping for me