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Advice for buying prescription sunglasses online?

Should I bite the bullet and buy expensive prescription sunglasses that I like and know will fit, or are there tips for buying prescription glasses online that I can use to find a good cheapo pair? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert on Jul 9, 2014 - 28 answers

Furniture for the decorating challenged

I'm decorating for the first time. I want things to look nice and not "grad school chic". Difficulty: I hate shopping and don't have a lot of time to spend fussing with things. Where should I buy stuff and how do I find out what I like? Is there a website where I can see a beautiful living room and click to buy what I like from it? [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Jun 23, 2014 - 13 answers

Free shipping in Australia?

Circumstances being what they are, online shopping is increasingly attractive to me (as opposed in in-the-flesh purchases). However, I hate to pay for shipping. Could you recommend some companies/brands that offer free shipping to Melbourne, Australia? [more inside]
posted by jojobobo on Jun 16, 2014 - 4 answers

I need to buy some skirts online

I'm doing field work in a hot climate and need to order some skirts online before I go. I'm having trouble finding skirts that fit my pretty specific requirements, but you have been really helpful with "find me this clothing item" requests in the past. Can the hive mind make some recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Kutsuwamushi on May 12, 2014 - 19 answers

Looking for graphic t-shirts that aren't terrible

I've decided that I want to get a few graphic t-shirts for the summer. I've found a few designs on Spreadshirt that I like, but I've never used the service before, and I'm sort of nervous about their general quality. Overall I'm wondering if anyone has experience buying from them. If not, then do you have experience buying from other store-fronts that sell custom printed shirts from a broad range of artists? I'm looking for a wide range of designers, and as few clever puns or of-the-moment pop culture references as possible. I'm interested in abstract designs more than stuff that's text or brand heavy. Ideally this would be about 20 dollars per shirt.
posted by codacorolla on Apr 17, 2014 - 13 answers

A better Dappered for affordable men's streetwear.

A previous question about affordable men's style generated a recommendation for Dappered. Dappered has helped in a couple of cases, but its glib self-importance, aspirational posturing, and adolescent dating advice (from a real, live woman!) make me feel like I'm reading a 19-year-old's advice for the varsity jacket crowd. What are some alternatives that do stick to a similar, relatively sensible budget and don't descend into tedious aspirational window-shopping, as many other fashion and consumer design blogs do?
posted by Nomyte on Dec 11, 2013 - 5 answers

What chocolate brand do you recommend, hopefully available online?

I want to buy delicious chocolate, online preferably. I would prefer pure chocolate (milk or dark with no nuts or any distractions) or truffles (creamy with no flavor other than chocolate). I have seen a couple of websites online, but would like your recommendations... [more inside]
posted by Tarumba on Sep 29, 2013 - 29 answers

What is the legality for a web site to make credit transactions?

In order for any web site to charge one for services or goods, in this case services, what are they legally required to record and produce? I'm having a little trouble wording my exact question so maybe this will help. The web site in question provides phone service for inmates in correctional facilities and in order for one to receive calls from a loved one in the correctional facility you have to set up an account and attach a phone number to it while loading money for the overpriced service... $5 for 15mins. The company charged me a fee of $5 every time I was to load money on the account which did not show the rate for a call per min and also charged me numerous unknown fees. I could not tell why or how much I was charged which was made worse by their not being a way to track credits and charges to the account. When I contacted customer support they also could not account for the charges and would not refund them, refused to refund my visa purchase, and claims to have no way of producing charges and credits to my account. Their customer service is no help and I'm not sure how to handle the situation. [more inside]
posted by isopropyl on Jun 9, 2013 - 4 answers

Buying Japanese snacks online from the US

Where can I buy Japanese snacks online that is not AsianFoodGrocer.com or Jlist/Jbox, with reasonable US shipping costs? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on May 30, 2013 - 20 answers

Detailed descriptions or just the specs, ma'am?

When you're shopping online, do you like to see detailed descriptions or just the bare bones specs? Or have you seen research that says one or the other? I'm responsible for adding new products to our online shops, and I'm trying to justify the time spent writing detailed descriptions. [more inside]
posted by Katemonkey on May 28, 2013 - 34 answers

What non-sketchy sites can I buy unscented bath beads from?

My Mom used to love using bath beads, but we haven't been able to find them for ages (We used to get them at a little red shop instead of a bigger store; I think it was a body shop inside of a Sears or Bay or something like that?) Anyway, I figured I would get her some for mother's day. This is turning out to be a lot more challenging than I anticipated. [more inside]
posted by Canageek on May 7, 2013 - 13 answers

Alternatives to Amazon

I am trying to avoid shopping at amazon.com because of the company's predatory business model. What are the best online alternatives for each product category? [more inside]
posted by alms on Apr 22, 2013 - 33 answers

How did this happen? Strange product order...

Someone ordered a product online using my email address and an old address of mine. They did not use my credit card. I'm pretty sure this wasn't a gift. What happened? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad on Apr 21, 2013 - 14 answers

(Wedding) dresses for n00bs; where online to look and what search terms?

I am looking for a non-traditional wedding dress but am not finding a ton that I love in my city. When I looked at Nordstrom, which was the best of the available brick-and-mortar options, I found this, which I loved and looks good on me, but the navy is way too dark a color. If I want to find something with a similar fit and/or look online, what "dress words" do I search for, and where should I be looking? [more inside]
posted by charmedimsure on Feb 25, 2013 - 8 answers

me want magic screen box

I would like to purchase an off-brand tablet computer from a discount electronics website. I know nothing about components or specs or anything- the only info I have to go on is bigger number is good. Please help me. (sorry but this post got way too long, you've been warned.) [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Feb 22, 2013 - 9 answers

Fashion emergency.

I am traveling out of town Friday morning for a family Bat Mitzvah. I had intended to go shopping for my outfit last week, but didn't due to flu symptoms, an unexpectedly heavy workload, and my characteristic sartorial ineptitude and hatred of shopping. My solution is to wear dressy black pants with a dressy blouse. I do not own such a blouse and must have one delivered to my doorstep. Is the black pants + blouse solution acceptable? What style and/or brand of blouse should I look for and where? How can I avoid looking business casual at this semi-dressy occasion? [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman on Jan 15, 2013 - 24 answers

I need to buy more of the jewelry things!

I'm getting a start making jewelry and am looking for suppliers for inexpensive beads and pendants. Most of what I've been using has been cheap stuff from Fire Mountain and I've been really happy with the stuff I've gotten for them in the 75 cents to 2 dollar range but am looking for more variety. I'm more interested in pendants and other focals than beads, but I'm addicted enough to the bead part that I'll look at sites that focus on those too :) [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Jan 3, 2013 - 8 answers

Help me cook slowly

Can you recommend a reputable online store from which I can purchase a quality north African tagine? (For cooking in, not serving) Must ship to Australia at a rate that's not a multiple of the cost of the tagine itself. [more inside]
posted by deadwax on Nov 14, 2012 - 5 answers

Riding intercity trains, dressed in European grey.

How and where can I shop for neat and tasteful men's clothing while staying within a responsible budget? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Oct 7, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me be a better online shopper

Tell me about fabrics to help me do better online shopping. [more inside]
posted by jojobobo on Oct 2, 2012 - 6 answers

Online book reviews in Brasil

Why is it that in Brazil, there are no reviews / ratings of books on any of the online book stores? Does anyone know of any stores that might have this seemingly basic functionality?
posted by mikeanegus on Sep 28, 2012 - 2 answers

RSS to SMS?

How can I get SMS text alerts from an RSS/atom feed? [more inside]
posted by T.D. Strange on Sep 22, 2012 - 4 answers

Where can I get dried spices?

Where can I get tasty bulk spices at awesome prices online? I'm particularly looking for dried whole ancho chiles (which seem to cost upwards of $10/lb online) [more inside]
posted by arnicae on Aug 31, 2012 - 13 answers

Laptop or NO Laptop.

Has my father messed up this online order? [more inside]
posted by Trexsock on Aug 7, 2012 - 6 answers

I can have clobbering time?

East coast Canada, where can I find nerf/foam swords? Local stores appear to be sold out, but suggestions of places I might not have thought of are helpful. US websites have a lovely selection, but the Canadian versions are less helpful (is this a restriction i didn't know about?). Need them for this weekend. I didn't think this was going to be hard!
posted by platypus of the universe on Aug 3, 2012 - 12 answers

Canadian/International equivalent to American Science & Surplus?

Is there any online store even roughly equivalent to American Science & Surplus that ships to Canada? By "roughly equivalent" I mean "has a large selection of random science-y supplies/doodads/gizmos at reasonable prices."
posted by btfreek on Jun 21, 2012 - 3 answers

You are getting verry sleepy... Spiral Umbrella!

Where can I get an umbrella with a spiral pattern? [more inside]
posted by catatethebird on May 2, 2012 - 10 answers

What are some good budget fashion sites?

What are some small-ish online stores for budget fashion accessories? [more inside]
posted by Snarl Furillo on Apr 27, 2012 - 4 answers

Weaseling out of a sale is uncoool

What should I do about a jewelry company trying to back out of a sale which I already paid for? I ordered online a small piece of custom gold jewelry this week, paying the price coded into the seller's own website. Now the seller's "customer service" staff has emailed me to say the price of gold went up and they can't sell me the piece at the price I paid. [more inside]
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy on Feb 10, 2012 - 30 answers

Where do all the short guys shop for pants online?

Are you a guy who wears a 30-inch inseam in jeans, etc.? Share all your fashion secrets with me - specifically about clothes for the bottom half of your body. [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob on Jan 30, 2012 - 30 answers

update on tailored shirts for men online

I'd like to find a place to buy men's tailored shirts online, hopefully at prices between $20 - $50. I'd also like to know, once I get a nice shirt, what is the best way to keep it from getting a yellow ring on the collar? [more inside]
posted by rebent on Jan 28, 2012 - 3 answers

What's the best wine decanter I can buy online?

Can you please point me to a fabulous wine decanter? Here's what I mean by fabulous: 1) Dishwasher friendly 2) Lead-free glass 3) Good lookin' and good quality in person. 4) Available for purchase online. [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea on Nov 24, 2011 - 9 answers

Help me with a specific kind of window-shopping.

What are some online shops with a smallish number of interesting, simple, classic items? [more inside]
posted by fructose on Oct 8, 2011 - 15 answers

I want chocolates from a specific shop in Paris delivered to the US: please help me figure out how to do it.

I want to order from a chocolate shop in Paris, Jacques Genin, and have it shipped to the United States. But, Jacques Genin doesn't seem to even have a website, let alone online ordering. Is there a service I can use to buy and ship the products for me? [more inside]
posted by Susan PG on Sep 4, 2011 - 1 answer

Apparel purchase reference/consumer site?

Is there a site that approaches (online) purchasing of apparel from a serious and rigorous consumer perspective? I'm thinking of a site where I select, say, t-shirts and get detailed information about the garment, various garment variations (athletic t-shirt, work t-shirt, etc), washing Instructions, which high quality value brands that sell t-shirts, verified quality testing of t-shirts from forementioned brands, etc.
posted by Foci for Analysis on Jul 23, 2011 - 2 answers

A World, in a Virtual Land, Far, Far Away Where, if Even for a Little While, Everyone is Petite!

Please, please, please, where can I find this Ann Taylor Loft brown suede jacket (with detachable fur collar!) in 0p online? And is eBay the only place xs's and 0p's can find an *abundance* of cut-rate or used clothes in their sizes online? [more inside]
posted by Violet Blue on May 10, 2011 - 10 answers

I'm a girl with boy underwear envy

I'm a girl with boy underwear envy. Where can I buy (online) some skivvies that have a fun pattern or design, but that are in a cut for a girl? [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Feb 13, 2011 - 24 answers

How to best give an e-gift card to someone in Austria?

What is the easiest way for someone in the US to give an online gift card to someone in Austria? [more inside]
posted by mjb on Dec 5, 2010 - 0 answers

Amazon pumped, primed, and ready to shop!

Free Amazon Prime membership? Excellent! But what should I be buying? (I've seen this question, but most of those suggestions are baby-related, and it's just me and my gentleman companion in this case.) [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize on Jul 28, 2010 - 27 answers

Subscribe to Consumer Reports for Baby Stuff?

Is it worth getting a Consumer Reports subscription to research baby stuff? [more inside]
posted by TEA on May 28, 2010 - 20 answers

Should I be doing more of my shopping online?

Is doing more shopping online a (sensible) way to save money on standard, living day-to-day purchases? Which reputable companies and sites should I be looking to? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Apr 22, 2010 - 8 answers

Help me clone my jeans!

My favorite discontinued jeans are about to die. Help me find a place to clone them. [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Mar 16, 2010 - 2 answers

Buying tailored shirts online?

What is the best place to buy well-made and low-cost tailored men's shirts online? [more inside]
posted by 1awesomeguy on Mar 12, 2010 - 11 answers

Please recommend a very simple online store.

I need recommendations from people experienced with setting up a dead-simple online store. [more inside]
posted by fake on Feb 7, 2010 - 10 answers

I Want My Free (As In Speech) Ebooks!

Where can I find a good selection of DRM-free Science Fiction and Fantasy ebooks in ePub format? [more inside]
posted by ChrisR on Feb 5, 2010 - 6 answers

Where can I get a Virtual Debit Card

Is there a bank that offers virtual debit card numbers like the virtual credit card numbers offered by Citi? [more inside]
posted by StimulatingPixels on Jan 22, 2010 - 7 answers

The most delicious pie online?

The most delicious pies available for purchase online? [more inside]
posted by librarianamy on Jan 14, 2010 - 7 answers

What are your favorite stores for jewlery making supplies?

What are your favorite sites for jewelry making supplies? I lean toward more vintage and vintage style sites, but suggestions about standard stores that you really enjoy would also be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte on Jan 11, 2010 - 16 answers

Find me some fashion!

Help me find this dress! Thanks in advance! [more inside]
posted by alygator on Dec 16, 2009 - 4 answers

Buying a baby gift from away.

Gift-Filter - Please recommend a shop in Edinburgh that I can buy a tasteful new baby gift online that will deliver in a little over a week. [more inside]
posted by typewriter on Nov 15, 2009 - 6 answers

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