I’m often asked to give my opinion on fashion or trends. While I am always honoured to be asked I often find myself thinking that I am a mere civilian and all I can offer is opinion. One thing I definitely feel qualified to comment on is shopping. Yes, shopping is a recreational thing for me but I enjoy it and I do it often and I have a lot to say about it. This is why I decided to start a little series where I review online shops that I like to shop at. Bloggers and other people who are on the Internet a lot and who trust the Internet have been shopping online for ages. There are lots of people who are too scared to shop online. Some of these people are my friends I hope these series of blog posts will sway to try online shopping.
If you’re a regular on my blog you’d know that I am a fan of Spree. Buying online for me comes down to a few things. How fast will I get my item? What is the quality of the stock vs price and how stylish/fashionable/unique is it? Is their website easy to use without bugs and hassles? How much does delivery cost? This is how Spree fares on all these questions in my humble opinion:
The Turn around time
They get straight to it. You receive feedback about your purchase very quickly and you receive it very quickly. So quickly that you never need to track your purchase. I bought an item one evening and received it the next day before lunch (fantastic!). I’ve never waited longer than two days to receive a purchase. Their head office is in Cape Town so that’s obviously in my favour.
Generally speaking I’d say that Spree is not the place you’d go to grab a cheapie item. They stock clothing mostly by South African designers. If you’re like me and like to support local design and don’t mind paying a little more for good quality then Spree is for you. They do always have a specials tab though which I love. What girl doesn’t love a mark down? One thing I have noticed about their merchandise is that you’d find certain items by designers that you don’t always see on other sites. eg. another shop might stock the same brand but then I wouldn’t see the specific item that Spree stocks in the other online shop. So chances are you’d could be buying something that not a lot of other people will be wearing.
The design is not too cluttered. One thing that many online shops do these days when you visit their site is pop up a modal asking you to subscribe to their newsletter, Spree does not have this. Thank goodness because it’s my pet hate! The site is acceptably fast and is relatively user friendly. One thing I love is the litte info graphic they have illustrating how far your purchase is.
There is a “Why Buy” section on each item on the website and it gives mostly useful information like how to wear the item which is a nice extra.
Checking out (purchasing) on their site is quick and easy. They offer EFT and credit card. All in all I am very happy with the Spree online shopping experience. There are one or two minor things I would do to improve the buyer experience but they are no biggie and it might just be on their to do list. Being a techie, I always have these kinds of things in the back of my mind.
Free. Mahala. Gratis. Nuff said. (oh and by courier to your door – that’s always a bonus).
Spree gets a thumbs up from me, but you probably knew that already They give great customer service and their product is fairly unique and stylish (duh). I have got my eye on some of their items for Autumn. Can’t wait to buy them. I already bought the boots above at their sale.