Online Shopping: Perk or Peril?

There was a love letter to online shopping in the London Times this weekend. The author says, "Shopping has long been viewed as something that offers
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There was a love letter to online shopping in the London Times this weekend. The author says, "Shopping has long been viewed as something that offers
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There was a love letter to online shopping in the London Times this weekend. The author says, "Shopping has long been viewed as something that offers comfort in times of need, loneliness, boredom or inebriation, and now the door is open 24/7." She'd rather spend obscene amounts of money on Net-a-Porter than in Harvey Nichols and even admits to buying a few outrageous pieces after a night of heavy drinking. Natalie sympathizes. She loves to shop online - she's bought clothes, shoes, bags and even, wait for it, bras. She credits some of it to the fact that she often buys the same brands so she always knows her size - she also knows the difference between buying a bag (safe) versus buying a dress (risky) over the internet - and that Nordstrom has the best return policy ever. But I'm so baffled by the entire concept. How in the world do you know how something fits/feels/hangs without trying it on? When I shop, I have to take every size - yes, small, medium and large - into the dressing room to see which fits best. I own jeans in sizes 28 through 31, dresses range from a 4 to an 8 and that's even from the same brand! I can't be bothered with ordering something, waiting for it, and possibly hating it and having to go through the trouble of sending it back. Not to mention the fact that I have little self control and once I open the floodgates of online shopping, it's only a matter of time before I stumble home at 3 am and buy the shoes to the left with little or no thought of the consequences. If you shop online, how do you do it? And do you still go to real stores like Natalie, or do all your purchases get made in cyberspace?