What Is Wish? Is It Safe to Shop Online With Wish?
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If you ever wanted to purchase a smartwatch or a pair of sneakers for under $10, now’s your chance with Wish, the discount store of the web.

Browsing Wish is like browsing a store from an alternate universe. With cell phones for $30, and some items even sold for free, you have to wonder if this site’s legitimacy is just wishful thinking.

We explore how Wish can offer such low prices and what you can do to avoid scams.

What Is Wish?

Wish (wish.com) is an online marketplace for anything you can imagine. From hair extensions to selfie lighting, and laptops, its inventory seems endless.

Wish Shopping Products List

Since its formation in 2010 by ex-programmers from Google and Yahoo, Wish’s worth has soared to $8.5 billion.

It’s famous for low price tags on so-called expensive items. However, the products don’t come directly from Wish itself; instead, they’re sold by different sellers. Wish only takes a portion of their profits.

Why Are Items so Cheap on Wish?

Head to wish now. See how some items often feature a price that’s crossed out? Wish sellers cut that “original” price down to almost nothing. Keep in mind that sellers have the power to make up whatever original price they want.

For example, take a look at this smartwatch. Its price has been supposedly slashed from $269 to a mere $10:

Wish Shopping Smartwatch

You’re probably wondering why Wish sellers can have such low prices. While many products are made from the cheapest materials available, the low prices also have a lot to do with where most of the products ship from: China.

China’s lenient labor policies allow retailers to produce massive volume of goods for very little cost. Wish products are often shipped by the seller, saving them from maintaining a physical store. The products can also be stored in warehouses owned by Wish and get shipped as soon as a customer places an order.

Searching YouTube for Wish unboxings can give you an idea of Wish’s product quality.

Is Wish Safe and Legit?

Despite its unbelievable prices, Wish is completely legit. That means the $0.50 earbuds you buy will be shipped to your home, but they may or may not work. But hey, it’s only $0.50 right?

Although it’s a legit site, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any knockoffs. Just use common sense—when you see a designer handbag selling for only $20, you should be skeptical.

In addition to the risks of knockoffs, you should know that some of the items you find on Wish are risky buys. Electronics might be poorly made or clothing might not fit right.

Just like the old saying goes: “You get what you pay for.”

Will Wish Steal My Information?

You’re probably hesitant to type your credit card information on a website that sells a leather watch for $1. The truth is that Wish is just about as safe as any other online retailer.

In order to view products on Wish, you’ll need to make an account. This means inputting your full name and email. Wish also tracks your computer’s IP address, social network information, location, your internet browser, and even the items you click on.

There’s always the possibility of a website being hacked, and Wish is no exception. Concerned about data breaches? Wish itself won’t steal your information. Some may even say that it’s a worthy alternative to Amazon 5 Reliable Online Shopping Alternatives to Amazon 5 Reliable Online Shopping Alternatives to Amazon Amazon is the biggest player in the game of online retailers, but that doesn't mean you have to use them. Read More .

Tips for Buying on Wish Safely

So you want to take the plunge and order something from Wish? There are several things you should know before starting your Wish haul.

If you’re familiar with the risks of shopping with AliExpress Is AliExpress Legit and Safe to Buy From? Is AliExpress Legit and Safe to Buy From? What is Aliexpress? Is it safe to shop on? Are there any security vulnerabilities? Our Aliexpress review finds out if it's legit. Read More , you won’t be surprised at the precautions you have to take when ordering from Wish. Take a look at these four tips to ensure you make a safe purchase.

1. Don’t Ignore Reviews

Sometimes it’s okay to take reviews with a grain of salt. Buyers often nitpick an item if it doesn’t mean their specific expectations, so you ignore it.

However, you should not do this on Wish. Wish reviewers will let you know the ugly truth behind that $13 drone you want so bad.

If the reviews on the item you want are mostly negative, you might want to reconsider your plan to purchase it. On the other hand, some items are “Verified by Wish Shoppers.” This means that a product has received positive reviews from customers.

Wish Shopping Verified by Wish Shoppers

2. Be Aware of Long Shipping Times

Used to two-day Amazon Prime shipping? Wish will be your wake-up call.

Wish ships from China. That means it could take a long time to get to your doorstep. Let’s just say that one week is a quick shipping time for Wish. Some users report that their item doesn’t arrive for months after their order.

It’s also possible that your item won’t come at all. According to several complaints, it’s not uncommon for a buyer’s item to never reach their home. Always keep track of your order.

3. Watch Out for Misleading Descriptions

One of the biggest issues on Wish is incorrect product descriptions and images. Descriptions aren’t always accurate and images can make the product look better than it actually is.

In this case, it’s better to pay more attention to customer reviews than the product descriptions.

4. Choose the Right Size

If you’re buying clothing on Wish, make sure to look at the size chart. The small, medium, or large in your country might not correspond with the clothing sizes from Wish.

Since most clothes from Wish come from China, the clothes are often in Asian sizes. Luckily, Wish shows a meter on clothing items that let you know whether it runs large or small.

Wish Shopping Sizes

Be Careful What You Wish For

Wish’s affordable prices make it tempting to go on an all-out shopping spree. While you might want to fill your cart with cheap electronics and jewelry that would typically cost hundreds of dollars, you should second-guess yourself every now and then.

Just like Wish, other online retailers come with a host of possible scams as well. Shop smarter by heeding these tips for avoiding common eBay scams 10 eBay Scams to Be Aware Of 10 eBay Scams to Be Aware Of Being scammed sucks, especially on eBay. Here are the most common eBay scams you need to know about, and how to avoid them. Read More , which can be applied to Wish as well.

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  1. Ed
    April 15, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    I ordered a meatball maker from them. it arrived from China shipped in a plastic bag and broken into 3 pieces. Buying from them is a big mistake. Customer Service said they will get back to me in a few days. Most likely I will have to go to the New Mexico Consumer Protection Office to Get my money back

  2. Candy De Jolie
    April 9, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    WISH is a rip-off . After accepting my promo code and giving me a balance over $30 cheaper I was charged full price and received an iPhone 6 Plus with a defective battery which I am having problems returning for a discount. Customer service is all automated so 48 emails and 6 phone calls to the Florida number I found online later I am no closer to getting my discount or refund.

  3. Bruno
    February 23, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    I don't get the hype around Wish, it's just overpriced Aliexpress/ebay. Maybe it has better customer service, IDK.

    • Candy De Jolie
      April 9, 2019 at 5:55 pm

      Customer service is automated. Basically there is no customer service. Don’t buy anything for more money than you can afford to loose. Talking from experience.

  4. Gary Welsh
    February 22, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    good products and variety but their comment that they have your back if there Is something wrong with your purchase is totally FALSE. it is impossible to contact them outside their set response regeim. I had a faulty item returned and was given the refund but on having another faulty product after several successful purchased was refused and told I had overused return policy and basically rorting the return policy. . my efforts contact them was impossible. it's a good site but be very wary about their return policy.

  5. Bob
    February 22, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    I've bought around 20 items on Wish and have had a couple of fault or incorrect items and Wish have always been quick to refund me without the need of returning the goods. My biggest gripe with Wish is that their search engine is hopeless and you have to look through all the items as there is no option for sorting the search list.

    • Candy De Jolie
      April 9, 2019 at 6:00 pm

      I shopped for about 3 years at WISH only to get totally screwed on my biggest purchase. I was shocked at the lack of customer service as I never had any problems in the past. I was instantly refunded for a purchase that was late a couple years ago. Idk what happened but I was charged full price after being told I was getting a $30 discount then got a defective product that I am unable to return for a refund. Guess they got too big to care about their customers satisfaction anymore!

  6. Aquariuz
    February 20, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    I have used Wish and Geek.com for years. It's great for knick knacks. I don't buy shirts, jeans, or serious clothes.

    Socks have been ok. Watches are pretty safe. Lights and gadgets are ok. Knives are sometimes smaller than the picture makes you think they are. Sunglasses are super cheap. Do they really have UV protection? You can get some cool Harry Potter stuff cheap, some cyper punk junk.

    The craziest part is the exact same product can be on the site multiple times at multiple prices, we're talking 20-30 times. There's no way to sort by prices. So, look at the price AND look at the shipping price. I add every one of them to my shopping cart and then whittle them down by price after that. Almost everything can have a promo code.

    Shipping is 2-4 weeks usually. Don't get too excited about whatever you bought, it is going to get there when it get's there. I have not had any issues getting broken items replaced or items that never show up, refunded. Make sure you apply for the refund within the set timeframe. It's around 30 days, if I recall correctly.

    • Candy De Jolie
      April 9, 2019 at 6:08 pm

      I was told my promo code was accepted and even given a new balance but charged full price. Customer service is automated and therefore useless. My full priced iPhone 6 Plus has a defective battery and I have yet to receive the return package I need to return it. After 6 phone calls to a useless phone number in Florida and 48 emails I went to my bank. Bank charges $20 to stop payment and wants copies of all 48 emails. With no printer I’m looking at $68 to stop payment. I do not have $68. I only have 60 days to stop payment and it’s been nearly 60 days. Therefore I paid $263.00 for a paperweight.

  7. CF
    February 15, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    I gave Wish a try and purchased around 11-12 items. Guess what? Only ONE of those items was the actual product that I ordered. Everything else was a charging cable, stylus, or something else cheap like that. It may be legit but I don't think it's safe or worth anyone's time & money!

  8. dragonmouth
    February 15, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    "The truth is that Wish is just about as safe as any other online retailer."
    While that may be meant as some kind of an endorsement of Wish, it could just as well be considered a criticism of any and all other retail sites. /GRIN/