Obviously, as soon as I see the word “Shop”, I can’t help myself but check it out. Tell me it’s online Shopping, and I’m all but sold.
This week, I was approached by SHOP.CA about their soon-to-be-launched online Shopping destination, essentially a virtual Shopping mall. They’ve got me interested by telling me it’s a new online Shopping mall…but when I find out it is designed by Canadians, for Canadians, they have my full, undivided attention.
So, what exactly is SHOP.CA? It is an online Shopping experience that is Canadian, rewarding, and ”built around a complete social sharing ecosystem.” Quite a mouthful, right? Well, let me break it down for you.
First, the online Shopping experience part. With 26 different Shopping categories, and millions of brand name products, you will be able to find what you want, and all in one place.
Next, the Canadian part. As I said above, this site is for and by Canadians. Which means you will not have to worry about duties/import fees/hidden charges like you would from an American-based online Shopping site (like amazon.com). Also, since it’s Canadian, all products you see will be available for you to buy – there is nothing worse than finding the product you want, and then seeing a note that it is not available for purchase outside of the United States…I HATE THAT! Shipping is also free for purchases over $40. And if your order is less than $40, shipping will only cost $7. Totally reasonable. Once, when I ordered a pair of boots from the US site shoes.com, I paid $26 in shipping and duties. I
wanted pretty much needed the boots, and they were priced ok, so I was happy. But $26? That is a lot. And I know that is a lot cheaper than most can get away with when buying from the US. And if the site you purchase from does not use a broker to ship, the duties you may need to pay when your package arrive could be more than the cost of the shipping!
Now we’re on to the rewarding part. When you sign-UP, pre-launch, you will get a $10 credit off your first $100+ purchase. And, for every friend you refer, you will get a $5 referral credit when they make their first purchase. Plus, when you Shop, you also get 0.5% back in their rewards program. And it gets better…if you sign-UP now, you will earn 5 times rewards (2.5%) back in the SHOP.CA loyalty program until the end of 2012. You are Shopping online anyway…why not do it where you will be rewarded?
And finally, the social sharing ecosystem part. You can and should connect your Facebook and Twitter accounts. That way you can easily share products with your friends, family and more through those platforms. When you start making purchases, or if you see products you already own, add reviews. And read reviews before you make a purchase. Plus, when you share your referral link through social media or by email, you will get that $5 referral.
On top of all the above, they make returns easy and hassle-free…and for the most part, no charge (some exceptions apply). There are so few sites, even Canadian ones, that offer free returns with a full refund. And for most items, you have up to 365 days to return an item for a refund. This is pretty revolutionary.
The site launches next month, and I cannot wait. Sign-UP now, and join me when they launch!