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Online fashion shopping is on rise – Survey
May '13
A new survey carried out by PriceGrabber.co.uk illustrates that the way we buy fashion has evolved with nearly half of all of respondents (47%), admitting that they now buy the majority of their fashion online.

Conducted from March 12 to April 22, 2013, the survey includes responses from almost 1,000 UK online shopping consumers.

The figures highlight a trend that has resulted in the explosion of online fashion retailers in the past couple of years. PriceGrabber.co.uk has seen the fashion category grow in volume over the past few years.

Justin Sedgmond, Head of PriceGrabber.co.uk said, "In recent months we have witnessed huge growth in our fashion category and it is now the most visited area of the site.  We are able to offer shoppers product and merchant reviews and the opportunity to purchase big name brands at the best prices available.

"Some of our popular brands include North Face, Adidas, Barbour, Oakley and Ugg. We continue to expand and broaden our fashion category to offer our users the best deals around on the fashion items they want."

When shoppers were asked whether the amount of fashion bought online had increased the past five years, those who said yes, explained the surge of activity as due to three main factors. Firstly, the increase in the number of online retailers and therefore choice (28%). The second reason specified in the survey was the ease of shopping from their computer and whilst out and about (24%). Lastly, the fact there is an increased level of online trust in the industry as a whole (17%).

Not only has the shift from the majority of fashion items being bought in store (53%) to online fashion purchasing (47%) almost equalized but the way we are buying online is also moving with the times. Up to 32 percent of respondents said they had bought fashion on a smartphone or tablet.

Marketing enticements to increase online fashion buying does seem to play a role in generating interest in online fashion purchases.  Almost half (49%) of respondents said they know what they are looking for when shopping for clothes online.  As many as 41 percent indicated they both like to be inspired by the emails they have signed up for with merchants to promote brands as well as knowing what they are looking for before they shop for a particular item.

Refreshingly the days of ordering a garment or fashion accessory online only to receive the delivery and be disappointed, are long gone. It seems that fashion buyers are savvier about what they buy. Nearly a third (26%) said they never return items, as they know their size and stick to what they know will fit.

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