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 doesn’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. There, 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.
Update and Bonus: 20 More Things to Buy on Wish!
16. Suitcase Cover
This is an awesome alternative to protect your beloved suitcase, conceal an ugly one, or just help you spot yours better among a crowd of suitcases that all look the same.
17. Garbage Holder
This garbage holder could be kept near your kitchen cutting board when chopping veggies or fruits. That way, you can easily dispose of the peel and whatever else you discard, helping you save time and avoid a mess.
18. Sponge Holder
19. Reflective Tape
Everyone should keep this in the trunk of their car. It can be a lifesaver -literally- if you ever have a flat tire and need to pull over in the middle of the night. Putting reflective tape on the back of your vehicle or at a noticeable place is a great way to alert other drivers of your location and make the scene safer.
20. Beam LED Light Bar
Useful for camping trips, for people in the tow and recovery business, and for anyone planning an adventure in off-road vehicles.
At this price, it even makes sense to keep one of these LED bars handy in the trunk of your car if you live in an area prone to really bad weather conditions; that way, you’re not caught off guard on the road.
21. Wireless Phone Charger
22. Car Repair Pump
23. Microfiber Mop Head
This mop head can also go over an old Swiffer Mop! It’s functional, and also cheaper than the regular Swiffer wipes! So, give it a try.
24. Pocket Over the Door Shoe Organizer
This is also useful for organizing oversized fashion jewelry (especially necklaces) so you can find them easily the next time you’re trying to put together an outfit and need that last-minute accessory to complete your look.
25. Portable Mini Fan with Mist Spray Bottle
I know someone who recently got together with other parents and bought a hundred of these mini fans; she sold them at her kid’s school for $5 to get funds for the class graduation trip. They made some good dough!
26. Toothbrush Holder
I like to keep an extra toothbrush in the shower to shorten my morning routine and brush my teeth in there. This friendly flamingo will keep your toothbrush in place, and make you smile too.
27. Universal Car Phone GPS Holder
Everyone that has forgotten to pack this for a trip knows the pain of having to pay for it at full price at about $15…ouch! Better to get a few on Wish at this ridiculous price and keep them handy or pre-packed in your suitcase.
28. LED Party Decoration Curtain
An LED curtain helps fill up the space behind a cake table. Therefore it saves you money on decorations which -let’s be honest- most of the time we end up throwing out anyway.
29. LED Toilet Night Light
For those midnight trips to the bathroom – so you don’t trip or miss your target! I’ll admit that before I knew about Wish, I ordered this item from Amazon and gave it to my dad as a gift. I felt like a fool when I found out how cheap it is on Wish.
30. Special Occasion Gowns or Costumes
If you need a dress but it doesn’t have to be of super high quality and you anticipate wearing it only once or twice, you should consider this option. Always read the reviews and pictures posted by others. And, if it doesn’t work, you can always use it as a costume for your next Halloween party!
31. Bridesmaids Dresses
I have more than one friend that has ordered bridesmaid dresses or Sweet Sixteen (or Quinces) gowns and has been very pleased. It was actually one of our readers who reminded us of this awesome item. (Thank you!) Just remember: always look at all the reviews and have a back-up plan just in case.
32. Pregnancy Shooting Outfit
You could easily find these dresses and similar ones on Amazon if you need it right away and are willing to pay a bit more. However, if you have time to wait for the dress to arrive, then you should get it from Wish and save some cash!
33. Cupboard Hanging Hook
34. Kitchen Folding Racks
35. Linen Storage Baskets
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?😉
Last updated on February 8, 2019
I’m Lily, a lawyer and aspiring Miami fashion entrepreneur sharing life hacks and my favorite tidbits on lifestyle, shopping, fashion, and beauty.