My moto sweatshirt came in the mail the other day. At first glance I was overjoyed. Love the style and the material was so soft inside. But then I put it on and started to question it. A little boxy through the torso. But good sleeve length (often sleeves are too long for me). Great colors, but the white portion is right in front, making me appear, again, kinda boxy. Oh, and no pockets! Shipping was $9. Return will be $7. Will they refund the $9 or will I be out $16 with no item to show for it? Could I resell on eBay to recoup cost? Get it taken in on the sides a smidge? Do these kinds of questions go round and round in your mind? What to do, what to do!
I think this is unique to online purchases that you have to wait to actually see and touch in person to finally decide on. In store, it’s much easier to disqualify an item on fit, or fabric, or such before it even makes it into your cart. Once bought and in your house, however, the hemming and hawing can be quite a production. The second guessing. The hand wringing. Oh, who knew internet buying could be so fraught with indecision!
I still don’t know if I will keep this piece or not. To add to my confusion, I found a wonderful faux shearling lined sweatshirt at Ross two days later for just $15! It fills the same wardrobe gap. Fits better, is warmer, but is not as stylish in its design. Just a typical hoodie. I suppose I could keep them both, but I’m really trying not to a) settle and b) buy more than I need. One of these would do the trick. Do I keep the $15 one with an eye out to upgrade if/when the perfect moto style sweatshirt comes along to replace it? Or do I keep the not quite right fit, but great style, colorblock moto version?
Do you struggle more with purchases that arrive in the mail, or is it the same for you whether you are in a store debating an item as if it comes in a box on your doorstep? How do you deal with shipping and return costs, and how do they impact your purchases and return frequency?