The Wish app is one of the most popular free iPhone apps now as shoppers turn to this bargain shopping app to look for presents and for things they wish they owned.
Wish is a shopping service in the U.S. and the UK that puts consumers directly in touch with sellers in China to buy clothing, electronics and gadgets at a steep discount.
Shoppers can use the Wish website or the Wish app that is available on most major platforms to shop through an array of items.
While the Wish app is proving popular for holiday shopping, there are some things that users need to know about this app before placing an order.
Here is what savvy shoppers need to know about the Wish app on iPhone, Android and other platforms.
What is the Wish App?
The Wish app connects mobile users to the Wish website, where they can buy clothing, accessories, gadgets and more at steep discounts. There are a lot of various items for sale, including products that look a lot like name brand versions — but are not the same.
For example, there is a Bluetooth stereo neckband headset that looks like the LG Tone Pro, but instead of $69 it is only $6. There are many other similar style deals with smart watches, selfie sticks, jewelry and more. In addition to the normal savings there are also daily and hourly deals.
You Need an Account to Use Wish
Like many shopping apps you need a Wish account to use the Wish app. Until you register you cannot see any of the deals, so you’ll need to sign up to figure out if you want something that they sell.
Even when you go online, you will need to create an account before you can see what the service sells.
What’s the Wish App Catch?
The biggest catch with the Wish app is that you will not get your items fast. Shipping ranges from 11 days to 22 days for many items, which means if you order now you might get the item in time for Christmas.
These items ship straight from China, which is why things are not arriving in two or three days like you get from Amazon and other retailers.
Keep in mind if you get a defective item it may take up to two days to hear back from Wish customer support. From there you can ask for a refund or exchange.
Check the reviews for information about shipping times before you order.
Look for Reviews and Actual Photos
As you look for items to buy in the Wish app, you can read reviews to see what other people say about the quality of the items.
You can also read the Store Ratings to see how that store is overall before placing an order.
The best thing to do is skip past the product photos that the seller uploads and look at user photos of the products to see how the actual product looks and what users have to say about it.
Watch some video reviews of the Wish app purchases on YouTube to see what people think of what they get.
Wish App Shipping
Many of the items that you buy in the Wish app ship for free from China, which is a pretty impressive deal. That’s why it takes up to three weeks for some items to arrive.
You can see the shipping cost and estimated arrival for each item as you shop. If you buy from different stores you may need to pay various shipping charges.
Make sure you check this before purchasing, especially if you are buying heavy or bigger items.