Buying Shoes Online - Store Details
Every shoe store found online operates in their own way and nothing can really
be taken for granted. Looking at potentials on a store by store basis, it generally
pays to look at several factors, in regards to:
Inventory/Ordering - a great way to get started, assuming you have chosen
your desired shoe, is to verify over the phone with the store that the pair is in fact in
stock in the warehouse. Many salespersons will do this, even though supplying
numbers in terms of roughly how many pairs they carry in stock. This is so you are not
notified to find that your order is placed on 'backorder' and waiting - and online ordering programs (complicated
by scattered locations) do update on a lag time that can be nightly, or at every so many hours or minutes -
so getting a verbal with a name for your records before executing the order helps.
Returns & Exchanges the various policies will absolutely differ. Just
remember that if a return or exchange is involved, you'll have to wait a second time,
and be subject to the return policy of the particular store with whom you are dealing.
Shoes usually that have been worn outdoors or those that show wear are as a rule
non-returnable, unless it is defect related. But, if the store won't stand behind
a defect, you may have to contact the manufacturer/brand to get them to (if a period
beyond the normal guarantee has transpired).
Shipping - three to five days ground ship is typically what promotions
apply toward, unless you want to pay more to possess the shoes in a day or two. And stating
a guarantee is one thing, while making it happen within the timeframe of reality is quite another.
Credit Card Purchases - some stores maintain the credit card number following the buy.
In light of this fact, it is helpful to know if the store actually being bought from actually does
or does not retain the numbers - you have a right to know. This is a point that should be made
crystal clear, nothing wishy washy here. Since some businesses due to ever increasing, unwanted
activities tied to credit card purchases, have experienced breaches putting their customers at risk.
Yet there are other ways to tighten things up: like using a low-limit credit card, doing the checkout
through an operating system browser that uses sessions rather than IE, and type-correcting the
actual numbers after they have already been keyed into the form in an effort to confuse