Shopping online is so much fun once you get the hang of it! If you’re from Trinidad (or any country outside the US) then you would know that it can be a bit tricky. No worries though-I’ve got the Online Shopping 101!
There are two things that you need to shop online:
1. A credit card
2. A shipping address.
Let’s start off first with the credit card:
I love the concept of a credit card- the ability to just swipe your card any time and anywhere…the thought that mmm you’ll just swipe just this once, and you’ll pay it back- later. Yeah, I’ll keep dreaming. Being the shopaholic that I am (and believe my I’m just about as chronic as you get) a credit card with its ‘imaginary’ money is just not for me. Instead, I signed up for a Visa Travel Money Card which is like a credit card and like a debit card. It’s like a credit card in that you can basically use it exactly the same way that you would use a credit card (online shopping, international locations etc.) but only this time , you control how much money you put in on the card, and thus, you control how much money you spend. Say bye bye to the concept of debt right? That’s why I love this card because it limits the way I spend and it just removes the temptation to swipe every minute of the day.
[If you’re from Trinidad, you can get this card at Republic Bank…if you’re not, I’m sure there is an option like this at your local bank]
Now a credit card or a card like mine, has 3 important numbers that you would need to complete your online transaction:
1. The card number which is a 16 digit number found at the front of the card most of the times
2. The expiration date which is in the form month/year and gives to date your card will be expiring and found at the front of the card most of the times
3. The security code which is a 3 digit number that is found at the back of the card most of the times.
When shopping online, there’s always the option to pay through PayPal and I strongly recommend that you use this option since it is so much more safer since you won’t have to keep entering your credit card information into each and every site that you shop on. By just clicking the PayPal option, you would avoid this step and it definitely eases the hassel of having to continuously enter your information each time you want to shop in a new place.
Okay now that we have the credit card talk out of the way, let’s talk about the shipping address.
Now, if you’re in the US, then you don’t have to worry about this since your packages would come straight to your doorstep. Now if you’re living out of the US, then this point is for you.
I don’t like using ordinary courier mail i.e.. having my things shipped straight to my doorstep because living in Trinidad, I find that that is a bit of a risk to take, especially if you’re shipping costly items. Things can get lost or even stolen. I therefore shop through a SkyBox which is essentially a company that would assign you a personal address in the US (mine is located in Miami, Florida) to use as your shipping address. When you shop online, you use this address as your shipping address and all your packages would be shipped there and from there, it would be shipped straight to your door. I prefer this way more because it is so much safer and definitely less complicated since you are sure that your items would be shipped to that SkyBox address. From there, it is guaranteed to arrive at your door much faster than through normal courier service.
A great side to this is that most of the times when you’re shopping online, there is free shipping over a certain price to anywhere in the US and this is beneficial since your items will have the perk of being shipped to that SkyBox address free of cost to you as a consumer. The only cost that you would have to pay is the shipping from the SkyBox to your home/office/whatever address you’re using, and this is billed according to weight.
I use the Caribbean Express Service as my choice for the whole SkyBox arrangement and fortunately for me, when my mom signed up for it when it was now introduced, there was a lifetime offer for $600 and we took that and now, it turns out really great because we don’t have to pay anything again…for life! Now, to use a SkyBox address, you have to pay every year a certain amount in order to retain/use the address. I also saw the option for Lifetime but that now costs $1008.00 TT/$160.00 US.
[Sign up for the Trinidad Express Individual– pay an annual fee]
[Sign up for the Trinidad Express Lifetime– pay one initial fee]
Now when I did this video, I went out later that day and coincidentally, I saw a new kind of courier service called Aeropost Network and I didn’t really investigate it into details as in I didn’t compare it with Caribbean Express but definitely check it out and see what works for you.
Okay so now that we had that little chit-chat, here’s the video where I take you through my shopping experience. I felt like shopping at Sigma so let’s get into it- don’t forget to thumbs up and subscribe!
Hope this was helpful!
XO, The Classy It Girl!