So who shops at Zulily?
I personally love it!
I get only one email notification every morning listing the day’s new vendors – I skim through them for brands my family likes and end up with things usually more the 70% less then their normal retail price.
Now I know there are several sites like this. Zulily and Totsy are the only two I have actually made purchases from. The only real problem with sites like this is that they are no more then an online TJ Maxx – You are at the mercy of the vendors … and you only have 3 days to shop that sale. I prefer Zulily but if I have time I do check out Totsy. Totsy sends odd emails at unscheduled times so I don’t always expect it or make it a part of my daily routine. In the end however, most of the vendors are the same just a few days apart.
The big difference I find between these two sites is the time frame for your shopping cart. Now the vendors only offer so many items in certain sizes etc, so the supply is limited. With Zulily I can add something to my cart on Monday and just have to remember to check out by Wednesday. Of course if enough people purchase the item in that time frame, I may lose it (as often happens) but at least if I am busy or want to place one order over a few days of shopping, I have the option.
Totsy on the other hand, gives you only fifteen minutes for your shopping cart. So if you’re a busy mom trying to do some shopping, make the kids lunch, check an email, que up the cartoons, and answer a text, you are never going to have enough time to browse the whole list of vendors and make your purchase. The first time on Totsy I took about an hour to add things to my cart and was not only shocked, but a little disgruntled when I went to check out and things were gone. I’m sure there is a reason for this fifteen minute cart feature, but it really is not user friendly for the busy mom.
The other advantage for Zulily, is the option within each sale to sort. I can narrow it down to girls, size 5, etc. Totsy does not allow that, so as I’m zooming through my fifteen minute shopping window, I waste time on sales that in the end weren’t even an option due to sizing.
I also cannot say enough about the Zulily Customer Service. I’ve contacted them a few times about things and they are Johnny On The Spot with answers. They also make good on their sales. This spring I purchased a pair of sandals completely bedazzled in gems for my daughter. The shoes were junk and the stones fell off the minute she put them on. I contacted Zulily for the sellers info, and nothing more needed to be done. They refunded my money with an apology! On another occasion an item I had purchased was no longer available. Those things happen – we all make mistakes. They not only apologize for my inconvenience but also me store credit with the apology 🙂 That just makes me want to do business with them more. I haven’t done enough business with Totsy to have to return anything, so I have no comparison to offer.
Both companies offer a refer a friend deal. Totsy gives you $15 once the friend makes their first purchase. Zulily gives you $20. Now I don’t know a lot of people that shop on line enough to do this, but another woman that I know, that LOVES Zulily actually had cards made and when people notice her kids clothes or shoes, she actually gives them a business card with her referral information so that she gets that $20 kick back. It’s not anything that I would benefit from doing, but if you run with a large circle of moms (or have 4 kids in a large school district like she does) this is a great idea! I mean hey, why not!?
So that’s my take on these extreme deal websites for kids clothes. My daughter is always dressed in unique, cool stuff that left several mother’s in her preschool class last year asking, Where do you shop for her?!! The best part… I have never paid more then $25 for a complete outfit for this kid, and she looks spectacular!!
**Both of these sites sell more then just kids clothes, that’s just what I purchase the most from them**