Before I made my first ever purchase on ASOS, all I did was window-shop. I was either skeptical about delivery, calculating the money I needed to buy something tangible or worrying about reliability. I was pretty scared of receiving something totally different from the actual product on display.
Apart from the fears, shopping on the internet can be so much fun and amazingly easy if you are buying from a genuine e-shop. I’ve had the good and bad experiences, but never the worst.
I have always shopped on Aliexpress and wanted to try out ASOS , which is safer since you’ll be buying from a company that handles all shipment. I actually fell in love with the shop due to products on display and of course its presence online. I knew I could shop safely from the platform and probably get value for money spent.
Shopping online has been such an eye opener. Fashion is really an awesome thing to associate with and you do not have to spend a fortune to own what people call fashionable.
A Little About ASOS
Until I began writing this post, I never knew ASOS stood for “As Seen On Screen”. ASOS is a very popular British based fashion store which has taken its popularity to international levels. They ship to most countries, Nigeria inclusive.
If you are a fashion lover and have not bought from this giant, I might as well call myself more fashionable (kidding).
My Experience With ASOS
I’d definitely let you know. But first, this post is in no way sponsored by ASOS (that would be amazing though!). You can also use this post as a review to know if the site is what it claims to be.
The Drive To Shop on ASOS
I found ASOS while searching for the online shops that shipped to my country. Apparently a lot of foreign shops do ship to Nigeria. This beautiful shop had tons of positive reviews and a few came from my country. I even bumped into blog posts published by indigenous bloggers. Two of such posts are currently on Dimmahumeh and Januaryeleventh.
You know sometimes you’ve got enough money you’re willing to spend in return for nothing. I visited ASOS, found amazing deals and took a big risk. As at the time that I shopped from the site, I had zero fashion sense (at least, I can say I’m way better now). I bought without knowing what will work and not work for me. I was more interested in letting people know that I too can spend on clothes and whatnot.
If you visit ASOS, you’ll agree with me that there a lot of things to choose from. I should let you know that, this shop has both cheap and expensive stuff to satisfy your budget and sense of originality. They’ve got videos to basically cajole you into buying anything you admire.
On a beautiful day, I crossed my heart and decided to spend nothing less that $50 on the site. That’s like 18,000 in my local currency and a big deal for a student like me. I felt it was good enough to get me a few decent clothes and shoes. I’m not much of a fashionista so I was ready to settle for anything so long it’d be okay for my kind of person.
Finding the perfect category to buy from was not so difficult because they made this almost easy for anyone. Right on the first page you can begin to choose what section of the shop to visit. Their navigation menu is also awesome, but a little overwhelming if you had no specific product in mind. The menu can take you to different sections in either the male and female categories. I was more interested in gowns, tops and shoes.
Deciding on What To Buy
First thing, I must tell you that you’ll bump into expensive stuff in the catalogs but you can spice things up a bit by sorting the display. Basically I choose to show the cheapest items first. In my opinion, I think the prettiest clothes are kinda cheaper than the expensive ones. Now, I can’t tell how beautiful your sense of fashion is, but I bet you’ll discover that yourself too when you pay a visit to ASOS.
When I visited ASOS, I had no specific type of cloth in mind to buy, but I knew I wanted to get new clothes and footwear. I had a hard time deciding on what to choose so simply kept filling up my wish list. Sadly, due to my budget, I was only able to buy just a few of what I had in my wish list.
What I bought
- A gown
- Plain Tshirt
- A crop top
- A pair of flat shoe and
- A pair of sandals
After I made my decision, I settled for what was supposedly best for me. For a student, I was willing to risk $50 on a site I’ve never used. I judged the authenticity of the site through reviews left by internet shoppers. I did not consider the fact that there’s something called “review buying”. (You can actually shop safely online by reading reviews from shoppers).
I opted in for free shipping and paid with my Naira Debit Card, then received tons of emails about processing, shipping and wait time.
Apparently I couldn’t track the location of my items because I settled for the free shipping. I wasn’t even ready to spend on shipment so, knew what I was getting myself into. I trusted Asos enough to send my items to me.
When I hit the buy button, I was so sure that I’ll get my items on the 25th of January 2018. They gave me that slated assurance and I believed them so much. When the stipulated wait time elapsed, the patience dwindled and I discovered that it was just a rough estimate. I paid numerous visits to the post office hoping for news of arrival.
Eventually, I contacted ASOS support on February 15th 2018 and they assured me of actually shipping my items. But then, I will have to check the post office for delivery since they don’t really keep track of free shipping. Although they promised to keep in touch and possibly refund my money, I was disappointed.
I had all flashes of what I would have done with my money and blah blah. In fact I gave up and moved on. I wasn’t ready to make more complaints so kept fingers crossed.
On February 21st, I got a call from the post office asking to come pick my items. That was a big relieve! I had to pay 2,000 in my local currency to pick up my item (oh! NIPOST!).
First, I’m actually pissed with myself because I’m writing this post a year after. I loved the gown, tops and footwear. I sold the flat because it sadly was too big for my feet.
The products were actually true to their description and I must confess, I loved the gown better on me than the model.
Words for You
If you ever want to shop online but skeptical about what site to use, then I’d suggest ASOS. It’s one of the most reputable online stores out there.
I waited for more than 1 month to get my items (I hated this), so note that you’ll need to learn the act of patience if you ever want to buy from them. And yes, please make use of size guides before settling for anything clothes or shoes.
Would I ever Shop On ASOS Again
I have a lot on my wish list currently, so yes! I can’t wait!