Online outlets ring up exclusive deals

by Christine Whitman, Senior Staff Writer

Online outlets have taken over the shopping cart of students all over the world. Most San Diego State students don’t have enough time to hunt for the latest fashions and gadgets in stores, so the concept of shopping online is alluring for busy college students, who can get anything they need with a few clicks of the mouse. If you’re a fashion-conscious student with no time to hunt down the latest deals, consider these online exclusive shops for your next purchase.

SE_onlineshopping_screenshopTobi:

Tobi is an online-only boutique that offers the latest styles in women’s clothing. Tobi is based in California and serves several countries all over the world. It offers an array of clothing in all styles in colors, as well as shoes, swimsuits, and accessories. As an additional perk, customers receive 50 percent off of their first order, as well as free shipping with no minimums, which is hard to come by from online shopping retailers.

“Tobi has great customer service,” speech, language, and hearing science senior Karissa Colbrunn said. “Everything they make is trendy without being really expensive, so it’s great for trying out new styles.”

Amazon:

Amazon, an electronic commerce company founded in 1994 by Jeff Bezos, was quickly established as a one-stop shopping destination for all a customer’s needs. Students can buy anything from appliances to wine (if you’re 21 years of age) on Amazon without leaving their homes. Many students use Amazon to find the cheapest deals on textbooks or electronic devices.

“I tend to buy everything off of Amazon,” biology freshman Cassandra Rosemond said. “I can always find what I’m looking for at a much cheaper price.”

SE_onlineshopping3_screenshopEbay:

Ebay is an electronic commerce company established in 1995 by John Donahoe. Similar to Amazon, Ebay specializes in a variety of products from merchants and businesses. Ebay users can typically find what they’re looking for, from antiques to car parts, for discounted prices. Ebay gives buyers options to narrow their search results for an easier shopping experience.

“For the most part, I use Ebay to buy my Jordans, or other limited edition clothing or shoes,” communication sophomore Matt Robison said. “I like everything I own to be exclusive, make a statement, and be something you don’t see everyday.”

Etsy:

Etsy is a one-stop online shop for anything handmade or vintage. Rob Kalin, Jared Tarbell, Chris Maguire and Haim Schoppik founded Etsy in 2005, and the company has since grown to serve countries all over the world. Products on Etsy vary from art to fashion, and are made by a variety of retailers around the world that become Etsy sellers as either a hobby or a profession. The prices on Etsy are dependent on the product and work that went into it.

“I like to shop on Etsy because they always have a lot of unique, vintage things that I can’t find anywhere else,” journalism junior Alissa Kasawdish said.

SE_onlineshopping2_screenshopNasty Gal:

Nasty Gal is an online retailer founded by Sophia Amoruso in 2006 that specializes in fashion for women. Nasty Gal offers both new and vintage clothing, and takes fashion trends to a new extreme. Nasty Gal offers products of every color and style for a wide variety of occasions. Clothing on Nasty Gal is to be considered both unique and fashion forward, but for a higher price than other online stores and boutiques. Although the prices are high, Nasty Gal frequently offers sales to their customers.

 

Don’t let the allure of shopping online pass by — hunt down the latest deals by taking advantage of these online exclusive shops for future purchases.

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