I'm a big fan of internet shopping, in fact it has become a bit of an obsession for me. It all started when I was at university in St Andrews where the only clothes shops were New Look and H&M, which meant that if I wanted to wear something that wasn't also being worn by everyone else I had to go online. Now that I'm back down South, I just can't bring myself to go back to browsing the rails and being elbowed by various hard core shoppers in search of a bargain.
The only problem with internet shopping of course is the delivery. First you usually have to pay anywhere up to a fiver for postage and packaging, and then you're either lucky enough to be in when the post arrives (usually in the middle of the day when you're at work or at uni) or you come home to the dreaded site of a red slip telling you to pick your parcel up from the post office before 5am. Okay, so I might be exaggerating a little bit, but I'm sure I'm not the only one to have had delivery woes in the past! If you do sympathise with me I'm sure you'll be equally pleased to learn that there is now a Matalan Click and Collect service available to you.
Matalan clothes have always been a favourite of mine and I pretty much lived in them whilst I was at sixth form. They always have a lot of trend led pieces and hardly anything ever costs over £25 or so. Finding something to buy to test out their Click and Collect service was easy and within about ten minutes I had this gorgeous outfit in my basket and paid for. The dress is very 'me' and I've been dying to try out a pair of hi-tops for ages, now I don't think I'll ever take them off!
The process itself couldn't have been easier, a couple of days after my order I got an email and a text message informing me my order was available to collect at my nearest store and when I was in town the next day I popped in to pick it up. I was in and out within ten minutes-all I had to do was show my email on my phone to the till assistant who then radio-ed for my order to be brought up for me to sign for. The only slight potential problem I'll mention is that you should ask someone which tills deal with the Click and Collect orders before you queue up, so that you don't wait five minutes just to be sent elsewhere once you reach the cash desk. Apart from that everything was as simple as could be. Now...how to stop myself ordering everything in sight and justifying it with the fact I don't have to pay delivery anymore?