Right so Leigh and I are boldly going where not a lot of people dare to go…  we have made an online clothing purchase from a US store callled Forever 21.

The prices are soooooo good and they have tons and tons of really cute, fashion forward things.  But we decided to only get a few items each to test the waters first.  You see we want to confirm 2 things:

  1. The quality  (looks good on the website – but could turn out to be totally cheap & tacky)
  2. The total cost including all customs duties, VAT, delivery, package handling charges and whatever else they can totally rip you off on. From what we’ve been able to figure out so far is that we could be looking at about 40 to 45% on duties & then some random 10% customs charge and another 14% for VAT.  The delivery charge was $58 – but we’re splitting that, so that’s only about R230 or so each.

I’ve gone for 5 items in total.  We tried to get a variety of items so we could see which types of things are better made than others etc.  In my batch there’s a silver necklace, a basic fitted vest and then these 3 gorgeous items:

Dress - $17.80

Blazer - $32.80

Top - $17.80

I am really really excited.  I just hope it works out OK.  Leigh’s BF, Mike, was a good voice of reason though.  He advised us that we should plan on spending about double the cost of the items in total as a worst case scenario and then based on that decide whether we would still want to go ahead with the purchase.  I did that… and I still wanted EVERYTHING.

You see I had already totally emotionally invested myself in my wish list – I spent hours and hours day dreaming about how I would be mixing and matching the items into cute outfits and such, so there was no ways that I was letting them go. ;)

If this does turn out to be a relatively easy & affordable option – it will be really great because in general I find clothing in SA way overpriced.  When you travel overseas you realise how much we get ripped off.  People overseas have so many more options and they don’t have to save up for months to get their hands on that hot fashion item.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for supporting local trade, but I also want to make sure I’m getting my money’s worth…

So please hold thumbs for our little test run. :)