Buying clothes online is supposed to make our lives easier but in reality I find the exact opposite happens.

Shopping on certain websites is somehow worse than going into an actual TK Maxx and finding something. There’s way too much on there – most of it awful – and after a while the task of finding something I like becomes so great I just sack it off.

Even if I do find something I like and order it, it’ll either not fit or look nothing like what it did online. And do you know what the worst part about it is?

I can’t even be bothered to return the items so I just end up with a wardrobe full of clothes I hate and an empty bank account.

It’s the height of laziness.

However, some people play the game of ASOS far better than I do, utilising the company’s free returns policy to stock up on items before, say, a night out, and returning them at their convenience.

But I’ve got bad news, folks: the site and other retailers could soon blacklist those who return to excess, comments from a new survey suggest.

According to new research conducted by resource planning platform Brightpearl, which asked more than 200 retailers across the UK about their biggest issues, shops have seen a huge increase in returns in recent times.

As a result, retailers like ASOS told the survey they are planning to monitor repeat offenders – and have already resorted to checking social media accounts to catch out customers who wear clothes before returning them, according to The Independent.

The brand said it had even resorted to checking people’s Instagram and Facebook accounts in a bid to catch out consumers who wear clothes before sending them back, and falsely claim they have not received items bought online.

But ASOS denied the procedure was designed to check up on people who simply return unwanted items, saying customers are “within their rights” to do so.

Speaking to Brightpearl, Hester Grainger, a stylist at Hester Styles, said that retailers should put more trust in their customers.

“In my opinion, ‘serial returning’ is now the way of the world,” she said.

“I think that as consumers, we want, need, expect – and deserve – multiple options. Especially with a garment that involves stepping out of your comfort zone. 

“I think it’s normal to order different colours and sizes – especially when sizes vary so much from retailer to retailer.

“I think ultimately, that retailers should trust their customers, and that there are many different reasons for consumers to return items, for example, sizes not being standard, wanting to try different colours, not being sure if a style or garment will suit.”

I don’t necessarily think this is a bad idea really.

Obviously most people return stuff honestly, but there are a lot of people who spend a shedload on clothes and just hoard them for the best part of a month.

These are the people who are responsible for the fact we can never find anything in our size!

These people need their comeuppance.

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