Dresslink.com is an already world-famous Fashion Webshop based out of Hong Kong. Dresslink has only been around for a couple of years, but already it has managed to become one of the most popular websites on the planet. With an Alexa ranking of 12,777, Dresslink is among the 13,000 most-visited websites in the world. Dresslink has proven particularly popular in India, where it ranks among the top 6k websites, but is also quite popular in the United States as well as Brazil.
If you're familiar with the popular webstore CNDirect, then Dresslink's layout, and maybe even some of its stock, should be familiar to you: the two websites both operate under the same parent company. But where CNDirect tries more to be all things to all people, Dresslink focuses exclusively on high fashion at low prices, and it's proven to be excellent for this.
Fashionistas used to getting free shipping on their online orders may be a bit surprised to find out that Dresslink in fact charges for shipping. No need to worry though: in our experience on Dresslink, in comparison with some of the other fashion shops we've reviewed, Dresslink is cheap. So cheap, in fact, that the moderate shipping prices even out with those of other sites that offset their free shipping costs by raising the prices of their products, such as Twinkledeals and Oasap.
We were amazed at some of the prices on Dresslink, at first. The shipping costs did put a bit of a damper on our initial excitement, but we were still happy with the overall price of ordering on Dresslink. We were, however concerned about the quality. What could a 1 cent dress possibly be made from, anyways? Tissue paper? Much to our surprise, the quality of our test orders were on par with other bargain competitors.
Speaking of our test orders, all of our packages arrived within one month. We were also pleased with the products themselves, which were all correct in color, material and, most importantly, size.
Check out the table below for an at-a-glance view of our impressions, or read on for an in-depth review of what to expect on your next impulse buy.
Dresslink is pretty normal in terms of payment. It accepts the three biggies for online orders. Namely, Paypal, Credit or Debit Card, and Western Union. As always, we recommend paying with PayPal to take advantage of its excellent internal buyer protection program. In case you're unfamiliar with PayPal, it allows you to open a case against any payment made within 180 days and get your money back in case there's a problem with the shipping or the product itself.
|PayPal||With an internal buyer protection program and the uber-practical Express Checkout, PayPal is our clear favorite for online payments.|
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|Credit/Debit Card payments are pretty straightforward. Plug in your card info and go. The biggest problem we've found is that it can sometimes take a few days for non-Chinese card payments to be confirmed by the Chinese recipients.|
|Western Union||It offers little in the way of buyer protection, costs extra, and requires you to go to a Western Union office to complete your order. Not recommended.|
When ordering from Dresslink, you will have a few shipping options to choose from. As you can see in the screenshot below, your choice of carrier ranges from the cheaper, slower ChinaPost, through to international budget carriers like ePacket, up to more familiar private carriers such as FedEx, DHL, UPS, and EMS. It's important to always pay attention, as the prices can vary drastically depending on the product and shipment weight. ChinaPost is usually the cheapest, but as the other prices fluctuate, you can sometimes get deals on faster services. Below, for example, the slightly faster carrier ePacket is cheaper than ChinaPost with a tracking number.
So far, all of our experience with Dresslink's packages has been pretty good. All of our orders got through customs without issue and arrived at our office within the estimated 3-4 weeks. That being said, it is always worth it to check out your country's rules and regulations surrounding international shipments and importing goods. Customs may stop even perfectly packaged and declared shipments, either for routine checks or on high-priced goods.
For shipments entering the US, extra taxes and fees on your product are possible. Not every item is taxed when entering the country, and the majority are only subject to a nominal processing fee of between $2 and $9 in the case of a random customs stop. The amount to be paid, however, can vary widely depending on the product and how it’s sent. If you are concerned about your item, or are planning to order goods in excess of $500, it is worth it to check with the Customs Office at the port of entry to confirm any extra fees.
Any extra taxes or duties on your shipment will either be paid at your door when the mailman drops it off, or the package may be held at your local post office. In which case, you will need to go pick it up and pay any applicable fees in person.
In our experience with the site's customer service, Dresslink really wants its customers to be happy with its clothes so it offers one of the most flexible return policies in the business. You may return your products at any time for any reason.
Should a product arrive damaged or defective, Dresslink will refund your money in full. Should you simply not like an item or accidentally order the wrong size, however, Dresslink will subtract a restocking fee from your refund. All returns must be registered with Dresslink's customer service before being sent back.
Dresslink differentiates itself from its competitors with the presence of Dresslink Wallet and its internal Point System. Dresslink allows you to pre-deposit money in your Dresslink Wallet for use when shopping on the site. The Wallet is also where Dresslink will deposit any Return Credit you receive. Of course, this is only really useful if you write so many reviews and are so active on the site that you constantly have Dresslink giving you shop credit, but it is a nice feature to have on hand particularly if you are an ultra-savvy shopper and you're afraid your currency's value will drop soon and you want to freeze your money's value at that time.
Dresslink's Point System, on the other hand, allows you to collect "DL Points" by posting reviews, photos or videos of products for their blog, and inviting friends to join the site. You can then convert your DL Points into shop credit in your Dresslink Wallet to put towards your next purchase. If you're particularly active (or you have lots of friends) you could save quite a bit of money collecting DL Points.
Dresslink is most definitely worth a visit and an order (or two). The prices regularly match or beat those of competitors, and the discount shipping costs keep this site competitive even with other shops offering free shipping. We were very happy with the quality and accuracy on all of our orders thus far and we look forward to placing a few more orders. Overall, a great fashion shop with some really unique pieces and a great selection of the basics that will please even the most discerning fashionista.
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|OnFancy is notable for its attractive site layout, decent prices, and free shipping|
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|SheIn specializes in offering unique, quality women's wear at competitive prices. Free Shipping is available on orders over $30.|