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ASOS try before you buy

Everyone’s go-to online retailer site ASOS have just announced their revolutionary new way to shop. Their try before you buy feature is the perfect way for students to shop without getting into debt

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Online shopping is truly a gift to us all. However, if you’re like me and never know whether something is going to fit you unless you’ve been able to try it on in a few sizes, it’s not always ideal.

As a financially unstable student, forking out a larger sum of cash from your bank account so that you can order 2, 3 sizes “just to be sure” is inconvenient especially when that money is missing until your returns are processed.

Similarly, if you have an event to go to and you need to try on a few different styles but have to narrow down your options because you cannot afford the lump sum in the short term.

Sometimes it might even turn out to be a better option to actually drag yourself out of bed and go to an actual store. Imagine that, actually having to interact with people whilst shopping!

However, hope is not lost. Our trusty ASOS online fashion store has come up with a new scheme to help us fashion lovers avoid disasters like these.

Available on their free app, the ‘Try before you buy’ scheme allows you to order items to your home but only pay for the ones you keep, at no extra cost.

‘It’s not possible!’, you might say, but it’s true and here’s how it works: You order any item that takes your fancy from the ASOS site as all products are included in this new revelation; the items are then delivered to you and you can have a massive try on of all your options and take your time deciding on which you want to keep.

Meanwhile, you haven’t been charged any fees or hidden interest; once you have decided which items you want to return, you have 30 days from the date that your order was dispatched to go onto Klarna pay later, which is the payment services website through which ASOS is processing their payments.

To pay you must be over 18 years of age, have a UK mobile number, email address and home address. Finally, to return the items that you don’t want as normal using one of ASOS’s free return options including Hermes Collection from your home so you never even have to leave the house.

As quoted in Cosmopolitan magazine, Nicola Thompson, Global Trading Director at ASOS said: “We are constantly looking for new ways to improve the ASOS experience for our 15.4 million customers around the world.”

We know people love the option of paying later only for the things they keep and are excited to introduce this to customers shopping on our app in the UK.”

This new scheme has truly revolutionised the beauty of online shopping forever and we’re very excited! After all, isn’t it all about doing as much as possible without having to leave the comforts of our own beds?