Although most of us would much prefer to physically see and touch potential purchases before we actually buy, laziness can get the better of the best of us.
Thank goodness, then, for the birth of e-commerce and mobile apps that allow us to shop online, from the comfort of our sofas. Technology has sure made our lives easier - and if you're anything like me, it's made you something of a shopaholic too.
There's little you can't buy online these days, and the following apps are our favorites for splashing out with your iOS device. Go on - treat yourself.
Amazon's web version is a world, and its official app provides the same top-dollar service. Amazon's bottomless pit of a catalog includes just about every product you could ever think of. Add items do your basket as you browse, or to your wishlist if you need some time to mull them over - handy notifications will remind you to buy them later. Oh, and beware of the 'Buy Now with One Click' function - it's so dangerous!
If you're looking to get new ideas or sell your wares, this is the one for you. Etsy is a marketplace for people around the world, connecting them for the buying and selling of individual goods. With over 7 million unique items from 800,000 sellers around the world, it's the one-stop shop for one-of-a-kind artisan goods. Exclusivity is guaranteed.
You can get all kinds on Etsy, from laptop bags to home decor. No matter what you're looking for, you'll almost always find it on Etsy. Plus you're supporting a small business and unique talent at the same time.
ASOS is an online fashion and beauty platform aimed at the young guns chasing the latest trends. The official app presents a huge collection of over 850 brands, with a great selection of quality fashion at reasonable prices. Shipping is free when you spend $40 or more.
The quality is superior, and the shipping and return process is incredibly simple. But by-far the greatest feature is the ability to check the real-life cut, fit, and look of each item via ASOS's signature catwalk videos for clothes, shoes and accessories.
Asos contains a good selection of party dresses and wedding, high quality and good price. Shipping costs are free from 25 euros.
Germany-based Westwing offers hand-picked furniture and home accessories from great brands, with up to 70% discount, plus new and inspiring sales on a daily basis.
The app is really easy to use. Select your country and start navigating through a timeline of brand campaigns (you can even check upcoming campaigns). Tap any of them to see full catalogue of products. You can see price and other details of any of the products, then buy directly via the app.
Bear in mind delivery can take a while - so order in advance!
If you're looking for electronics and all things tech, the following pair of apps are our top recommendations: Banggood, and AliExpress.
Since most of these products comes from afar (mostly China), shipments may take a while, but the prices are unbeatable - just check out the catalog to see for yourself. Plus, in almost all cases, the sellers are pretty decent, and will offer a refund if the product doesn't live up to your expectations.