Our naughty shopping habit that’s costing us hundreds 38



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Australians are spending more than ever.. especially on this one item and it’s costing hundreds per month! Are you one of the shoppers who can’t resist?

Yes, that’s right, our online shopping habits have increased by $200 per month and one of the most popular items women can’t go without are dresses and jeans.

Fashion ecommerce site Lyst, which allows you to shop from over 10,000 designers and stores in one place, has collated their data and founded that Sydney residents are spending the most online, with an average $667 spent every order, compared to Melbourne shoppers who spend $538.

Australians have already spent 35 per cent more on dresses this year than in 2014, with online shoppers spending an average $535 per order compared to $376 last year, reports the Daily Telegraph.

We’re also doing it in bed – online shopping traffic hits its peak between 8 and 9pm on weekdays, and our favourite colour is black, followed by white, grey and blue.

Lyst also found that we are most likely to return an item if it is red or if we purchased it on a Monday, and Brisbanites buy more swimsuits than any other state.

As shopping habits change, so does our want and need to score a bargain. 24 per cent of shoppers try an item on in-store then buy it online later, while 13 per cent couldn’t save money to save their lives: they shopped online three to four times a day.

We’d also hate for our partner, friends or boss to find out what we’re doing behind closed doors or secretly looking at when we’re not being watched.

Roy Morgan Research also looked into online shopping in Australia and found 7.6 million Australians buy one of more products every month, and that food and beverages were being bought online in droves. We also love to buy magazines and books – 2 million Australians purchased reading material every four weeks last year.

So tell us below: when was the last time you went shopping online? What did you buy? Do you prefer it to traditional shopping? 


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  1. Love shopping in person & on line & especially getting a bargain, have made the most of some of the good deals Starts at 60 have passed on as well, keep the helpful info coming.

  2. I do not shop on line. I prefer to look at the fabric & feel of the clothes, & try them on Things are not always as they seem in a picture

  3. I am not a shopper. When my clothes wear out I replace them. Someone else must be spending up big to make up for me.

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  4. Have NEVER bought anything on line. Don,t need anything…wardrobe full of good clothes. Enough to last the rest of my life! X

  5. It’s a terrible habit but it’s so much better than going to the shop. You can shop the world.

  6. And I bet their wardrobes are full of ill-fitting clothes. I never buy online because every manufacturer has a different idea of a size 14. Sometimes I need a 12, sometimes a 16.

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    • That’s why you check out their sizing details before you order them, I’ve never had a sizing problem with anything I’ve ordered.

    • You can return anything that does not fit and if you buy at 80% off the return postage is nothing compared with what you save over all

  7. I buy art supplies and books. Magazines that are not available locally. Never clothes or shoes.

  8. In my 66 years, I have bought only 1 dress, 4 tops and 3 skirts that were new. Mum was a dressmaker and I made my own clothes. Also got clothes from friends when they went on a diet and got rid of their old ones. I don’t like shopping..

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    • That is amazing Cathy. I wish I had the willpower over the years. I have given clothes to charity that I have never worn! At least they went to people who needed them. NOW I start my ‘no more buying clothes’ regime!

    • Mother was a dressmaker one of the best,I also when young made my own clothes & my kids in early years,now much cheaper to buy ready made & couldn’t be bothered making them now even if it was worth it…

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