To borrow from those old-school Sara Lee ads, nobody doesn’t like cheap online shopping. Especially when there’s a new kid on the block by the name of Wish, where you can get thousands (if not millions) of dirt-cheap goods from overseas, shipped right to your door in compact China Post boxes and envelopes.
Of course, there’s a catch: the quality may not be great. However, sometimes that does’t matter, such as when you need items that will seldom be used.
What is Wish.com?
I think we all know someone that has used the Wish shopping app to buy stuff and bragged about it. If you don’t, or have no idea what is the Wish app, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. It’s an app and website that let you access a huge online marketplace where you can search for and buy products from overseas vendors (mostly in China), and have them shipped to you hassle-free.
Is the Wish app legit?
Based on my experience, indeed it is.
No, really, it is!
If quick shipping time and product quality are not a must for you, then you may be able to take advantage of getting stuff for a ridiculously cheap price, as I’m about to show you.
I learned about the Wish shopping app through my mom. Like the normal know-it-all-daughter that I am, she told me about it and I dismissed it. 😏 I thought it was a scam and since she had not bought anything at the time, I had no real reason to believe it worked.
I forgot all about it until a few months later I was in the market for some modern hanging wall vases for my bathroom. I was set on buying a specific model and, as my usual practice, I turned to Amazon. I saw the product (a set of 4 vases) retailed for $29.99. Although it was not crazy expensive, the bargain-hunter in me wanted a cheaper deal. I noticed that as I scrolled down for the products on Amazon some were not sold by Amazon itself, but by sellers in China. Having a shopping epiphany, it dawned on me that I could search Wish and see what came up!
How to browse the Wish shopping app
Download it! In order to browse their products, I had to create an account, which was a little annoying. But hey, I was enticed by the promise of a bargain and sheer curiosity. It was a fast process. I entered my query: “cylinder wall vases”.
The results: a bunch of listings for different vases, varying in price. It was a shopper’s paradise. So many things I didn’t know I wanted. I kept scrolling down, trying to stay focused on looking for the things that made me go to the website in the first place. Then, suddenly, I told myself: whaaatt?!?! I was in shock to find the same product, same pictures and all for approximately $1 to $2 per vase.
My experience shopping on Wish
Having found what I wanted, I looked carefully at the item’s description: this is key when shopping on Wish as it tells you how many items to expect, size, color, etc. I then read some of the Wish.com reviews of the product and looked at pictures posted by buyers, not the seller. It seemed legit and people were pleased overall. I decided to pull the trigger and ordered 9 vases for a total of $17.10. I also received a coupon since it was my first order.
The vases arrived 30 days later, not a problem since I was not in a rush. The vases now hang in my bathroom and I can say I am very pleased with the buy.
Lesson learned: Depending on the thing I’m searching for, I now do a search on Wish among my online research alternatives.
So what else is worth buying on Wish?
Here are 15 things I either
need want or have:
1. Cell phone stands:
3. Photo clip lights strings:
4. Party decorations:
5. Cake decorations:
6. Wall decals:
7. Artificial flowers:
8. Fashion jewelry:
9. Mason jar stickers:
10. Pantry organizers:
11. Wall hooks:
12. Patio lights:
13. Ceramic planter pots:
14. Cell phone cables:
15. Scalp massager:
This one’s special to me, a personal favorite. I use it every day, especially if I’m on hold at a customer service line or when I have to listen to someone on the phone give me a long-winded, irrelevant story. Keep it stashed in your desk, close the door and reach for it when needed. You’ll be more patient and a better person to the one on the other end of the line.
What if you can’t find what you’re looking for?
If you search Wish but don’t find what you’re looking for, modify your search or keep on scrolling until you find something similar to what you want. Click on it and go to the second tab that says “related” it will generate a list of similar items. That’s also good for price comparison, since sometimes you’ll find the same item from different sellers cheaper.
If you don’t need the thing right away, and the quality of the product is not essential, give the Wish shopping app a try and get some seriously cheap stuff.
That’s my take!
Have you bought anything on Wish? Let me know what are other good Wish steals that I don’t yet know I want or need?😉
I’m Lily, a lawyer and aspiring Miami fashion entrepreneur sharing life hacks and my favorite tidbits on lifestyle, shopping, fashion, and beauty.