Category: Shopping

Shopping for Sports Goods Online

Save Time

Shopping for sportswear is simply not like shopping for any other commodity. You have to choose specific stores if you are looking for quality. Because virtual sports stores are not found at every corner of the city you really need to specially exclude some time from your routine life to make a purchase which may disturb your daily activity schedule. And when you are looking for quality stuff, you definitely need to invest time in visiting different stores and choose the best from that. So, in that condition, choosing online stores is the best option as it saves your precious time and travelling costs also.

Quick Shipping Services

Shipping services greatly depend on the choice of the company. However, if you have chosen a reputable organization, you are sure to get the best delivery service. And, if in case you want the things to be delivered a bit quickly, there are the majority of the sportswear selling sites offering quick shipping services according to your convenience.

Product Descriptions and Guidance

Online portals have not mastered in selling the commodities only, but the expert advice service has added a lot to their reputation. Because everybody is not aware of the particulars required in sportswear, these portals describe what will serve the best according to the sport which helps the customers choose the best.

Save Money

Growing online business has increased the competition among the sellers. So, every E-Commerce website tries to come out with best offers to hold the customer traffic. In addition to this, the majority of the websites do not ask for VATs which saves a lot of money again.

Shop on a Budget

What Do You Really Want?

It is really important to know what you like, want or need before you set out to shop. You need to know if you want to buy one really expensive piece or a bunch of inexpensive stuff. If it’s a simple stocking up session it makes more sense to buy a number of items than one expensive one, but if it’s like a random shop then you can buy like one or two expensive items be it clothes or jewellery.

Know Your Wardrobe

If you know your wardrobe it is easy to shop when you go out. It is important to first buy what you don’t have instead of spending on things that will just duplicate your already existing collection. Do you have stone washed jeans? Do you have too many casuals and no formals at all? Do you have any date-worthy outfits? Do you have shoes that match your wardrobe style? Are you missing certain colors and stocking up on one color?

All these questions make it easier to know what you need to buy and how many do you need of a certain style.

Also sorting out your wardrobe helps. If, I have to organize my wardrobe, I will have a mount full of blue clothes and really less of other colors, so my aim will be to lessen the pile by removing clothes I don’t use anymore and buying some other colors.

You can sell, giveaway or just throw the pieces of jewelry, clothes and shoes that you don’t need any more or are broken or the ones you grew out of.

Shop The Classics

Every woman has her own sense of a classic piece, for some it can be the age-old trend of stone washed jeans and white tee, or that vintage piece of statement jewellery that you love.

You can always buy those classic items and adorn them with accessories and attachments. It is important to have a small amount of good quality clothes that look great on you than a closet full of ill-fitted bad quality clothes. If you have a dream wardrobe, add things to it one at a time, but for that you will have to save up and not splurge on unnecessary things. Also good quality clothes can be worn in multiple ways and on multiple occasions and they will make you look fabulous.

Shop Online

Look for free shipping and the option to an easy return. Online shopping is the new way to save money. There are constant deals which are available online; there is no set season sale so you can come across one at any point.

If you know your size well then buy whatever you like, but if you don’t you can buy fashion jewelry, purses, shoes, scarves etc. that will enhance that store bought outfit.

What to Look for When Buying Pearls

Check to see if the pearl has been artificially coloured

This isn’t, in itself, necessarily a problem. Typically though, purists will look for naturally coloured pearls and they might well command higher prices.

Things that might indicate the pearl has been artificially coloured include:

  • colour seemingly “wearing off” the outer shell;
  • a very dark core (indication of possible irradiation to change colours);
  • a very visible stratification of colour change on the inside of the pearl.

The final two above assume your pearl has a drill hole that you can look into with magnification.

Examine the regularity and symmetry of shape

Tiny irregularities of shape can be seen or felt – and that’s typically a good sign!

If your pearl is perfectly round and perfectly smooth over its surface, then you’re probably looking at an artificial not natural (whether wild or cultured) pearl made from synthetic materials.

However, even if you have a real pearl, remember that significant deformations and irregularities may (or should) reduce the value if they’re particularly evident or severe.

Look at the lustre

Peals may vary in both body colour (their background colour) and their overtones (a surface shimmer of colour). Some may not have an overtone and that is not a problem. A lot will depend upon your own colour preferences.

However, this is very difficult to describe but look for pearls that gently shine. If they’re a dull matt finish it might indicate that there has been some damage (e.g. poor cleaning techniques with acid) that has taken the lustre off.

That can hugely reduce both value and appearance.

Read the advertisement’s wording carefully

Terms used in some pearl advertisements which may mislead (intentionally or otherwise):

Pearls from Japan“. That phrase would be true for pearls farmed in say China, shipped to Japan and then sold-on from there. Look for “farmed in Japan” to be sure – if that’s what you’re looking for;

Certified“. By whom? To what recognised standards? Remember, a label attached to your pearls means nothing if it’s just the seller’s.

Real pearls“. That should exclude synthetics but it’s ambiguous in terms of whether your pearls are natural (i.e. found in the wild – which is VERY rare today and they’re very expensive too) or cultured.

AAAA Grade“. Gradings are not standard across the globe or universally recognised. Trust some of the other tips on this page and your own common sense.

Price

Typically, if all other things are roughly equal, from most to least expensive pearls run:

  • natural/wild (sea);
  • cultured (sea);
  • freshwater;
  • synthetics.

If you see cultured pearls advertised at a price close to a set of essentially plastic ones, then something’s gone wrong and you should be sceptical.

Uniformity

Only applicable to things such as strings, ideally the pearls should all be near identical in size and colour. If they’re all over the place in these respects, you may have a composite set.

About Shopping Malls in Dubai

City Centre Deira

City Centre Deira includes more than 115,000 square mters of retail space and contains more than 370 leisure facilities such as Magic Planet, Bowling City, and Vox Cinema which includes more than 3000 seats.

City Center Deira also offers direct access to Balmain City Centre Deira Hotel in addition to providing one of the greatest and most comfortable shopping experiences, when It comes to dining you have more than 58 different choices of international and local restaurants, it also has a fitness center, special tourism services, and a metro station just next to it.

With more than 370 stores, the mall has everything from an optician and pharmacy, to a jewellery and textile court selling Middle Eastern handicrafts, as well as a large Carrefour supermarket, a multiplex cinema, a bowling alley, and food courts.

Burjman Center

A sanctuary of high-end shopping, BurJuman is always in demand for visitors and locals alike. Conveniently located by BurJuman metro station, you’ll find luxury designer brands aplenty at this fashion lover’s paradise. Upscale offerings include Hermés, Louis Vuitton, Versace, and Cartier. While the focus is on luxury, there are also the popular high-street brands, such as Zara and Victoria’s Secret.

As with all the malls in our city, you can easily make a day of it here. Refuel by dropping by one of the 40 tempting restaurants and cafée, with dining options ranging from Italian and Indian, to Iranian and Lebanese.

Ibn Battuta Mall

Inject the fun into family shopping at the world’s largest themed mall, inspired by Arabic explorer Ibn Battuta. Shop your way through 275 retailers in six courts that reflect the different regions through which Ibn Battuta travelled: Andalusia, Tunisia, Egypt, Persia, India and China. You’ll find a Debenhams department store, popular electronics shop Sharaf DG, and Paris Gallery for fragrances.

Don’t just come here for the shopping though – the decor is a sight to behold. Persia Court features a magnificent hand painted dome, there are pyramids in the Egypt Court and a striking lion fountain taking centre stage in Andalusia Court. Choose from 50 eateries and 21 cinema screens including the UAE’s only IMAX theatre. What’s more, the metro takes you right to the mall.

Dubai Festival City Mall

Step into this mega mall for an inspiring combination of shopping, dining, and leisure attractions. This 185,806 square-metre landmark on the banks of Dubai Creek boasts over 400 stores, 90 restaurants and cafes, a 12-screen multiplex cinema and a bowling alley.

With stores ranging from high-end designer fashion brands, such as Carolina Herrera to affordable high-street chains likes Forever 21, you’re guaranteed not to go away empty handed. You’ll enjoy a leisurely shopping experience in this spacious and light-filled mall. An IKEA and HyperPanda supermarket are popular with locals.

And there’s much more. Stroll along the charming Canal Walk, and take a sunset ride on an abra before dining at one of the waterfront restaurants. Sample authentic Emirati cuisine at Al Fanar restaurant or head to the Marina Restaurant Pavilion for delicious international fare.

Mercato Mall

Mercato is ideally located in the heart of Jumeirah, one of Dubai’s most prestigious residential areas. Much more than just a shopping mall, Mercatoepitomises the very best in Italian architecture and transports you back to the Renaissance period.

Home to picturesque cobbled streets, charming piazzas and authentic Tuscan and Venetian features, Mercato on Jumeirah Beach Road offers a unique and incomparable ambience, not to mention a thoroughly enjoyable shopping and leisure experience.

With over 140 shops and service outlets, Mercato offers a wide variety of international brands and caters to the needs of Dubai residents and international tourists alike. From fashion and beauty to homeware, jewellery, electronics and confectionery, Mercato gives you a hand-picked selection of the most popular yet accessible brands.

Shop Furniture Online

  1. The first impression that you get when you visit the Urban Ladder website is a well designed, clean and pleasant look. The site is quite user friendly and the products are categorised neatly.
  2. Urban Ladder is a niche player and a specialist in the furniture segment.
  3. It does not flood you with umpteen choices – sometimes, that could suffocate us and make it quite difficult to zero in on a final selection – but at the same time, it does give you reasonable number of choices to make you feel comfortable in making satisfying decisions.
  4. The products are priced reasonably and transparently with periodic discount offers through the year, especially December year-end sales. There are also debit / credit card discount offers and Amazon Pay discounts (10% off, maximum Rs.500) available to customers from time to time.
  5. The portal keeps its range reasonably broad based but tight which also fit your requirements. As of now, it does not offer “everything under the sun” for your home needs but suffice it to say that you would be happy with the range available and not disappointed.
  6. The fact that it keeps its range reasonably tight is a plus because it maintains higher quality control through curation of products. Its products are well curated – and when we say curated, we speak from personal experience – they really are ‘curated’!
  7. In case you are not satisfied with the product, there are easy returns available and refunds as well, subject to T & C.
  8. The listings on the website are quite detailed with explicit images from various aspects and include measurements of the products too. They cover product features, properties, material used, care & safety instructions, warranty, returns and quality promise. If you still have questions, all you need is to connect with them through any of your preferred modes of communication or simply post a question.
  9. The website is equipped with a Products Compare facility for customer selected products.
  10. Urban Ladder also offers consultancy services for Interior Designing of your home at reasonable prices.
  11. For those customers who need variety of payment options, Urban Ladder offers Cash on Delivery (COD), Card on Delivery, Amazon Pay, UPI, Net Banking, Debit Card and Credit Card Payments, to name a few. It has EMI facilities as well. And if you still need time or are planning for a future occasion, then you have the option to save it to your Wish List.
  12. The best part is that Urban Ladder not only services premier metros but also has presence in tier 2 and tier 3 cities. It has a clear vision to expand further and further in to such cities and towns. This is good for customers who often wish to buy from premier furniture portals but may not have delivery facilities to their location. Further, Urban Ladder focusses on not just delivery facilities but also brick and mortar offices in specified locations. And yes, its delivery facilities are free of cost. Customers are notified date of delivery and the products have tracking facility.
  13. For customers interested in gifting, the portal also offers Gift Cards. If the gift card ordered is => Rs.10,000/-, then customers also get Rs.2,000/- extra vouchers. The gift cards have no expiry date and can be purchased for denominations starting as low as Rs.1,000/- either in electronic or physical version. They can be customised for all kinds of occasions and events.
  14. Urban Ladder also has an attractive referral policy wherein existing customers can refer their friends, relatives and acquaintances with a designated voucher code and capping limit of 10 referrals per account. When their referral uses the code, they get 10% off and the customer who referred them gets Rs.2,000/- off on each referral. This has been quite useful for our requirements.
  15. The online venture has physical presence too in select locations through ‘Experience Stores’. These are brick and mortar stores that customers can personally visit and select their products while getting a feel on how they look and fit in homes.
  16. The best part is that their delivery staff are quite well trained and skilled. They are courteous and polite. They provide all information (including warranty, returns and refunds), you may need when they deliver and install the products in your homes.
  17. Their contact centre staff are equally competent and they have multiple modes of communication namely email, chat and telephones. The portal is setup with variety of social media accounts as well.
  18. While they do have policies and procedures that they need to adhere to, yet they are flexible in case you have any genuine query, requirement or problem. This is often missing in online portals. Moreover, the conversations are not scripted / templated and are usually engaging.
  19. Urban Ladder products are compact and can be easily assembled / dismantled as may be required. This is particularly useful for customers who are mobile and move locations periodically.
  20. Mobile friendly customers can download the Urban Ladder app available both on Google Play Store and Apple Store.

Shopping Checklist for Halloween

  1. Halloween costume
    It’s a very busy month for the retailer and before you realize the costumes will go out of stock. So, get your outfit for the party. You can get it tailored in time if it needs any alteration. Experiment with the costume and makeup. Make sure that you buy the dress for the kids as early as possible. Try them on and make necessary changes in case it is not comfortable. Same goes with the Halloween cat costume of your feline. Get a dress that fits in properly. This will give the kitty a very spooky look. Moreover, it is cozy and cute.
  2. Candies
    Get few packets of Halloween candies for your guests. This is the simplest way to share the spirit of the day. Buy some candies with the spooky faces on them. Pack them in small gift wrappers. It will surely bring a smile on the face of your guests. Go knocking on doors and distribute dry fruits covered with chocolates.
  3. Decorative items
    Decorating the house is the most time-consuming work of the day. So, get the things that you need to decorate the place now. Get the pumpkins and crave all the scary faces on it. Artificial spider along with spider web, skeletons and lightning are some of the things that you can’t afford to miss. For the lightning purpose, you can use the Jack-o-Lantern.
  4. 4Movie and music
    Buy the CD of spooky songs. You can even download them if you want. Get a collection of some scary music. This will set the mood of the day. Watch some Halloween movie with your friends. Nothing can be more fun than this. If possible get some scary book and read the Halloween stories.
  5. Game essentials
    If you have kids at home, then, plan some games for them and their friends. You can organize some drawing competition for them. Get sufficient papers and colors. Ask them to draw some scary characters on the paper. Or else you can even ask them to make a Halloween card. Keep a stock of materials that they will probably require.

Buy Baby Walkers

Safety features

First of all, make sure that you opt for a baby walker that has lots of safety features. It’s important to keep in mind that older models don’t come with required safety features, so they can’t offer maximum safety.

It’s better to go for a baby walker that has a wide base. As a matter of fact, these walkers prevent the baby from passing through doors and getting into dangerous areas like stairs and kitchens.

Moreover, you should consider investing in a stationary walker with no wheels. While it won’t let your baby walk, it will let him stand up on his feet.

It’s also a good idea to opt for a walker that has certain features and mechanisms to prevent a baby from falling. Nowadays, different types of baby walkers are out there that have these features and mechanisms. For instance, you may look for features, such as friction strips, wheel lifts, and rubber grips, just to name a few.

Additional stimulation

You should go for a baby walker that offers extra stimulation. For instance, some walkers feature toy attachments or trays that a baby plays with. So, you may want to check out the extra features of the walker in order to make sure that there are no detachable components that may break off.

Adjustable height

Make sure that you choose a baby walker that is height adjustable. This will let your baby have fun for several months.

Ease of movement

Make sure the product you are going to buy can be maneuvered without any problem. If you opt for one that is too heavy, your baby may not be able to move around easily. As a result, the baby may get frustrated and discouraged.

Padded seats

Make sure you go for a baby walker that comes with a padded seat. The great thing about padded seats is that they let your baby have fun for longer periods.

Folding or collapsible baby walker

This type of walkers doesn’t take a lot of space in your room. So, you can put them anywhere in your room.

Buy Handmade Jewelry

  1. Makes Style Unique
    It is well said that “when life gives you hands, make Handmade.” what could be natural beauty than a handcrafted thing. Be it Jewelry or outfit, Nowadays, it has gain immense popularity in the fashion world. These kind of pieces are not only admired because of its unmatched beauty, but it can also add an artistic vibe to your style and enhance your individual personality. Therefore, it can be the best option to do something different to your style.
  2. Provides Customized Option
    Another great way to achieve your own created customized jewelry is buying Handmade Jewelry. Most of the women are happy and cheerful to do a collection of custom design piece. Thus, it widened your design ideas and imaginations. With this, you can adopt and follow any style that complements perfectly with your face. You don’t have to depend upon on the trends and all. To acquire the world’s unique handmade jewelry you can also consider taking the advice of jewelry experts and designers.
  3. Imparts Quality Assurance
    Investing in an handmade jewelry can never disappoint you at all. In fact, it is the value for money piece that offers you greater ROI. When it comes to quality assurance, you need to consider few things like what type of metal you are using, caring & maintenance, and of course its storing techniques. If you take care of the above considerations, you could able to keep your jewelry safe for your coming generation.
  4. Perfect Gift for Every Occasion
    The best thing about this jewelry is that it can work as a perfect gift for every occasion. Be it birthday card or any artistic piece, handmade things as a gift have always been admired immensely by the people. Therefore, it has its own significance as a gift that adds a vibe of sentiments and makes it more valuable.
  5. Budget-Friendly Option
    Women love to flaunt their personality through their personal jewelry collection but not at the cost of spending lots of bucks. Thus, it is one of the perfect options to add a value to your collection and accentuate your style without going heavy on your pocket. Therefore, Handmade jewelry is the budget-friendly option.

Get Value for Every Penny Spent With Retail Shopping

Retail shopping comes with the option of helping buyers first visit a website, browse through the available product categories, analyze the choices at hand and keep them in a basket to buy. But rather than placing an online order, shoppers can find and visit a retail store nearby and complete the transaction as they have been doing for years. Which means, there is no need to buy without actually seeing the product and getting a true feel of it. This way, buyers may lose some of the convenience that online shopping brings but will avoid the inconvenience that come in the wake of wrong product delivery.

It’s true that shopping from the web saves a lot of time as the delivery is done at the doorstep of buyers, but what about products not meeting the specifications and more importantly, the expectations of buyers? Similarly, what about the mismatch between the listed products and one that is delivered? In fact, cases are growing in numbers where buyers are found complaining about not delivered with what was ordered for, or the delivered items not coming close to the features listed on the site. Plus, buying from the internet lacks the real joy that old-timers often want.

In a sense, retail shopping is for those who are looking to benefit from the technology yet don’t want to become slave to it. Such shoppers do exist in a big number as they won’t spend a penny unless they touched and felt the product. To them, it’s fine to visit online shops but only for the purpose of searches, analysis, comparison and making the right choice. Beyond that, they like to visit a retail store and complete the shopping and return home happy. So, you can also benefit from retail shopping and experience a new dimension to your day-to-day buying.

Shop till you exhaust and get value with every paisa spent. Visit market99 India and browse through a big listing of everyday products from different categories. Buy anything, be it gifts, fashion levels, home care, beauty, kitchen items, beverages etc. and get amazing offers. Plus, you get to choose online and shop offline which is real shopping at its retail best.

Different Types of Shopping Malls

A neighborhood center

A neighborhood center is a small scale mall that serves a local neighborhood specifically. They mostly have a drugstore or a supermarket as an anchor. They are also commonly arranged in the format of a strip mall. These types of malls have a retail area of around 30,000 to 150,000 square feet. They also serve a primary area in a 3 mile radius.

A community hall

A community hall can be said to be larger than a neighborhood center. It also offers a very wide range of goods. They mostly feature two anchor stores that are extremely larger than that of a neighborhood center.

A regional center

A regional center is a type of a shopping mall that is designed in such a manner that it can serve a much larger area when compared to a conventional shopping mall. Thus it is capable of offering a much larger retail area and thus it can serve numerous customers at a single point of time.

Superregional center

This is a very large type of shopping center. It covers an area of over 800,000 square feet and this is a gross leasable area.

A fashion center

A fashion shopping center usually consists of upscale boutiques and apparel shops and these cater to customers who are rich or have access to a higher level of income. They also have a retail area that ranges between 80,000 to 250,000 square feet.

A power center

A power center is a very large shopping center that features a lot of big box retailers as anchors. They have a retail area that is in between 250,000 to 600,000 square feet and they also have a primary trade area of 5 to 10 miles.

Festival center

These types of shopping centers have a very distinct and unifying theme that is followed by individual shops and also their architecture. They are mostly located in the urban areas and cater to a large number of tourists.