In 2017, we were 37.4 million French people who made a purchase on the internet. The boom in online sales has allowed the world of decoration to take pride of place on the web. Result? The decor is democratizing and the offer is becoming richer. The good news is that in a few clicks, you can redo your decor, but the less good is that you no longer know where to turn! To see more clearly, we have listed 8 things to do and watch out for when you buy your decor online!
1. Define the seller's reliability
It is the first thing to do before ordering anything! This means that you need to verify that the site you want to buy from is reliable. In practice, the Directorate General for Competition, Consumption and the Suppression of Fraud (DGCCRF) recommends entering the name of the site or product on your search engine and adding it to the term 'scam' to see if of consumers have already had bad experiences. As a precaution, you can choose a site whose company is established on the French territory. Indeed, this allows you to benefit from protection and national law. To find out the identity of the site, go to the legal notice (they are mandatory on all professionally edited sites). By consulting them, you can check the name, address and name of the company. If the legal notices do not appear on the site, go your way!
2. Read the whole product sheet
© Photo rawpixel on Unsplash It seems logical but believe us, it only takes an inattention to end up with a piece of furniture that is much smaller than expected… So, the first thing to do when you fall in love with a piece of furniture is to read its technical sheet. Take a priority look at the dimensions of the product, even if it means measuring the space you reserve for it in your interior. In the same way, identify the material, especially when it comes to fabrics. Take a good look at the visuals and enlarge them to see as much detail as possible. Finally, remember to check the weight, the colors but also the information relating to the product warranty!
3. Look at the general conditions of sale
In the same way as the legal notices, you must be interested in the general conditions of sale of your product. Let it be said, it is not the funniest part. But, once again, this step is important for the reliability of your purchase. Among all the information found there, here are the most important: - the seller's contact details, - the currency used, - the delivery times, - the subscription terms (for payments in several installments for example) - rights of retractions, - return costs, - use of personal data, - or if the prices are tax-free or not.
4. Check the shipping costs
Often excited at the idea of ordering the object of desire, we sometimes forget the details. This is the case of shipping costs that we all (let's face it) tend to underestimate. And when the payment arrives, we are speechless at the price which has suddenly increased! This is all the more valid for purchases of furniture, the weight of which changes the delivery price. Good to know: the site applies the legislation of the country in which the company is located. Thus, the shipping costs and customs fees may vary depending on each country!
5. Read reviews
© Photo Arnel Hasanovic on Unsplash If you've followed our advice, you've already searched the web to learn more about the online decor site you're interested in. Beyond the reliability of the seller, you can also use the opinions of consumers to know the positive and negative points of the product that makes you eye. And very often, there is no shortage of opinions, so you no longer have any excuse for not buying carefully on the internet. Remember to write, in turn, a review! Because if other people's reviews helped you, it would be a shame not to play the game, right?
6. Look at the delivery date
That's it you are convinced, you are about to crack. Yes, but before buying, you must (again) check an essential point: the delivery date. Before confirming your payment, the seller is obliged to tell you the delivery deadline. If the deadline is not respected, know that the consumer code requires the seller to reimburse the buyer within 30 days. That said, not all second-hand objects have the same guarantees.
7. Lower the prices!
Do you still doubt the price of your favorite product? What if we told you that it is possible to lower its price? Or at least increase the chances of getting a reduction! Here are some tips to lower the bill: * Subscribe to the newsletters of your favorite sites. Who knows, your favorite product may be in the list of upcoming promotional offers! Not to mention that most e-commerce sites offer a reduction with a welcome code when registering. It would be a shame to deprive yourself of it, right? * Consult the promotional code sites. In addition to subscribing to the newsletter or creating an account on the site, you can peel sites like Wanteeed and find discount codes to save money! * Leave your products pending in the basket. This tip is especially valid for large brands and when you have an account on the site. By sending you a reduction code by email, they encourage you to complete the purchase. And finally, it's win-win! * Finally, remember to delete your cookies or use private browsing in your search engine. By leaving your cookies free to access, the sites record your visits and know what you are looking for. Result? They take this opportunity to show you the most expensive products corresponding to your needs.
8. Secure payment
© Photo rawpixel on Unsplash To ensure your payment, you must verify that the web page is secure. To do this, simply see if the address of the page contains an "s" to "https" (s for secure). For the more cautious, consider the 3D Secure option. Most banks today offer the possibility of validating a payment using a code sent by message. And what's more, it's free! Anyway, never give your bank card codes by email or by phone and check your bank statements after each acquisition. Once the order has been placed, you must receive an acknowledgment of receipt. The seller is required to summarize your order in an email acknowledgment of receipt, without delay. So remember to read it again carefully to check that there are no errors. And this is the last effort to make before patiently waiting for the delivery of your future decor!