Most of the people, who are avid Lululemon fans, have noticed that Lululemon does not have an official online clothing store. This is really a problem for people who do not live near a Lululemon store. Although Lululemon is growing internationally, most of its stores are still located in large Canadian centers. So what can you do if you want to buy Lululemons online? There are three popular ways to buy new or used Lululemons online (i) eBay, (ii) Craigslist, (iii) Kijiji.
First, let’s look at the benefits of eBay. In my opinion, this is the best and safest way to buy Lululemons online. The reason behind this is that you can find great deals on eBay that save you a lot of money on your purchase. EBay is also relatively safe, if the proper precautions are taken. Due to eBay’s bidding structure, most of the time you can buy Lululemons much cheaper than in the store. One thing you need to be careful about is the shipping cost, always keep this in mind when bidding on items on eBay. Depending on the seller, the shipping cost will vary from auction to auction, so be sure to look at this shipping cost for each item before bidding on it.
What most of you are probably wondering is that eBay is really safe. The answer for the most part is that eBay is safe, but you have to be careful. Since there are over 100 million buyers on eBay, eBay has systems in place to prevent any fraudulent activity, to ensure that you get what you paid for. One of the systems is eBay’s recommended payment system PayPal, which is the safest way to pay for products online. The reason PayPal is so secure is in part because it is owned by eBay. Basically, how PayPal works is that you provide them with personal information, including bank and credit card information, through a secure website, and they make it easy for you (the buyer) to pay the seller. Rest assured that PayPal will never give this information to anyone and the information is kept in a highly secure database. Specifically, after winning an auction, you (the buyer) log into PayPal to pay for the item, PayPal then transfers the money to the seller. In case something goes wrong, you can contact PayPal to get your money back.
A very important point is that you should never give your credit card information to a seller unless they have a secure website and you are comfortable with the process. If you are not sure whether a particular website is safe, you are better off using PayPal. Also, never send money through a money order company. The reason for this is that you don’t actually know where you are sending the money and if something goes wrong, it is extremely difficult to trace your payment to get your money back.
Another safety precaution before bidding on an item on eBay is to look at the sellers’ information, such as their reviews. This will tell you everything that other buyers who have purchased from this seller have to say. You can see what kinds of products they have sold in the past and where they are located. At the time of writing, I have not seen any Lululemon items sold outside of North America. However, if Lululemons are sold outside of North America in the future, I would not recommend purchasing these items as there is a possibility that they are knockoffs.
Before talking about Craigslist and Kijiji, I want to emphasize that you always make sure of what you are paying for. Don’t be afraid to ask the seller any additional questions about the item or if you want to see a different image of the item, just ask.
Finally, as Craigslist and Kijiji are very similar, I will discuss them together. Craigslist and Kijiji are online classified ad websites that allow people to list the items they have for sale. There are basically two scenarios when it comes to shopping from classified ad websites. First, the item is sold locally so you can pay cash for the item when you go to pick it up. Second is that the item is not sold locally and the seller will mail it to you after receiving your payment. Personally, I only recommend using Craigslist and Kijiji for local selection as it is reasonably safe. This is because you can see the product before paying the seller. You know exactly what you get. If for some reason when you go to pick up the item and it is not exactly what you agreed to buy, you can always change your mind.
If you decide to purchase an item non-locally (I personally do not recommend this option as it is not very safe), there are a few things you need to know. Do not give your credit card information to the seller and do not send money by money order. Just use PayPal, because if something goes wrong, there is a change, you may be able to get your money back. There are a lot of scammers on sites like Craigslist and Kijiji, so you need to be very careful when using this option, the Buyer Beware principle really does apply in this case. If something seems too good to be true, it is because it is, as it is clearly a scam.
I really recommend using eBay to buy new or used Lululemon products online. It really is the best option in terms of safety and there are also many bargains. However, it is worth mentioning that if you do not find these three alternatives attractive, you can also place an order over the phone through the Guest Education Center (more information about this can be found on the official Lululemon website).
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