7 Tips on Shopping Online Like a Pro This Holiday Season

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There are two types of holiday shoppers the world over: the go-getter who tackles her gifting list strategically, working through it way in advance – and then there’s the procrastinator. She leaves everything to the last minute and panics when she’s left with practically no time to cross everyone off her list. It’s usually the latter, the procrastinators, who hate trawling the malls and who opt for the definitive medium when it comes to avoiding the crowds – a.k.a. online shopping.

Whether you’re a first-time online shopper or a seasoned shopaholic, scroll through as Savoir Flair turns to insiders from top luxury e-tailers to share the shopping hacks they’ve picked up after countless rounds of hitting the checkout button. With their help, you’ll be navigating the web like a pro in no time.

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Delivery Dilemma?

"Try to take advantage of same-day delivery options when buying online. Farfetch offers same-day delivery in some of the world’s major cities." – Candice Fragis, Buying and Merchandising Director, Farfetch
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Social Shopper

"Keep connected with your favorite stores on their social-media channels. By following and liking their pages, you will always be updated on the latest news and product deliveries, and you might even get access to special discounts. Another way to be amongst the first to know about new brands and get exclusive deals (such as early access to sales) is to sign up for a store's e-mail newsletter." – Laura Larbalestier, Buying Director, Browns Fashion
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The Art of Letting Go

"If you are not sure about an item, put it in your cart and leave the site without completing the purchase or leave it in your wish list – 80 percent of the time, the brand will contact you with a better deal." – Gaelle Dalati, Communications Manager, BySymphony
Photo: Courtesy of Juergen Teller
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Size Matters

"When shopping online or in-store, one of the biggest let-downs is spotting the perfect option and realizing that it’s not available in the size you need. The first thing to do when shopping online is to filter by size. This ensures that you will only see pieces available in your required size and avoid any disappointment." – Ida Petersson, Accessories Buying Manager, Browns Fashion
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Make a List

"Throughout the year, it’s nice to keep adding items to your wish list or keep a list of things you’ve seen that you know someone would like. That way, you can refer to it when you’re gifting." – Candice Fragis, Buying and Merchandising Director, Farfetch
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You Snooze, You Lose

"Don’t linger too long over a purchase! The best pieces often go very quickly, particularly at peak shopping times such as Christmas and during a sale." – Ida Petersson, Accessories Buying Manager, Browns Fashion
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Scour the (Online) Stores

"Look for the best deal. I recommend trying several websites that have the item you are looking for and comparing prices to get the best deal. Also, always search for coupons or vouchers before you buy online." – Gaelle Dalati, Communications Manager, BySymphony
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