Wish App and Wish.com Shopping Review

Updated on July 17, 2018
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Katy tests money-saving apps to find ones that are legitimate, easy-to-use and effective to share with readers.

What Is Wish Shopping App?

Wish is a shopping app based out of San Francisco that offers very low prices on clothing, makeup, and accessories that mostly come from warehouses in China. It connects consumers with a marketplace of vendors on their phone. Learn more about how Wish can offer such low prices.

Right now, Wish is a leading app for e-commerce and is leading the way for how we buy clothing and other merchandise on our smartphones. The photo-driven shopping style and very low prices make it ideal for consumers to give up the peace of mind they get when they can touch and try on a clothing item before buying.

2018 Wish App Review

Wish deals on dresses.
Wish deals on dresses. | Source

A Few Cautions About Buying Clothing From Wish

Scrolling through the app seeing cute clothes for only a few bucks makes it hard to resist purchases. Especially since once your PayPal account is linked to the app. You can make a purchase by sliding a bar below the product you want. But keep in mind a few points before you start going swipe-crazy:

  • The clothes are in Asian sizing which often don't translate well.
  • Shipping is slow (2 weeks+) and estimates are sometimes inaccurate.
  • There is little product description and many people report the pictures being inaccurate.

Clothing Size Charts for Wish

For the sizing issue, most clothes on the site are sized for Asian women, which means they will typically run one to two sizes smaller than the women's clothes in an American store. Many of the items have sizing charts to help in size selection, but often the best information is from the reviews left by consumers who have already received the product. The helpful ones mention what size they normally buy at a store in the United States and let you know if the size they ordered ended up fitting them.

Expect shipping to take a couple weeks and don't be surprised if it takes longer than it tells you. While most items are on time, the Wish app does not seem to place much emphasis on keeping their delivery dates. Remember, this is not Amazon Prime.

Product Descriptions

The product descriptions given in Wish are hard to find and not very detailed. As a mobile shopping site, it is mostly visual, banking on convincing you to buy the product with just the picture.

Product Reviews

To know if it is worth it to spend $4 on a shirt that will cost $1 to ship, read the customer reviews. Many people try to leave detailed useful information. These will usually give you enough information to decide whether it is something you want to buy.

There's an option for reviewers to post photos of the item they receive. These give you a lot more insight into what the product will look like on a person, versus the model in the picture.

Wish Shopper's Tip:

Read Product Reviews From Other Buyers

Mobile Shopping
Mobile Shopping | Source

Review: Product Quality from Wish

For the most part, the products on Wish are worth the money. But be careful when someone says that about a $3 shirt. Sometimes the material is listed under Description and that can give you an idea of what you will receive. As was stressed before, the best research you can do is reading the customer reviews and deciding if getting the worst outcome described there is worth the amount of money you would spend.

The products available on Wish tend to come without a label or brand and trends make up a great deal of the apparel products. You are not going to find your next favorite pair of jeans in that exact fit that will last you the next 5 years like you would expect from a quality brick and mortar store. But there is plenty of selection when you search "bralette" or "jumper". And the "bodycon" phase is still going strong with Wish. They do have staples like tank tops and button downs but the quality is hit or miss. Wish is a shopping venue best used for trying out novelties for cheap, and ordering more colors when it works out!

Free Gifts for New Users

When you first download the app and sign in Wish lets you pick an item for free. These normally range from $1-$5 but you get it for free plus the cost for shipping. There's no gimmicks here. You actually will receive the item you purchased from China. But as with any item on Wish the cost to ship the item is probably what it is worth and you get what you pay for.

What to Buy from Wish

Typical Prices
Safer Buys
Riskier Buys
Women's Tops
Tanks, Loose Fitting Tops
Bras, Tight Tops
Women's Accessories
Sunglasses, Socks
Body Jewelry
Women's Shoes
Sandals, Slippers
"Leather", Tennis Shoes
Bags and Wallets
Snaps, Cosmetic Bags
Zippers, Closures
Buying guide for the Wish shopping app

Best Items to Buy

The cautions on slow shipping and iffy product quality doesn't mean that all items from Wish are a bad deal. It's the largest marketplace for Asian goods and you have access to it from your smart phone. There are plenty of items that are worth buying if you do the research.

Stretchy Fast Fashion Clothing

Fast fashion items like skirt, dresses, t-shirts and tanks that are stretchy have great potential to excellent purchases from Wish. Novelty t-shirts with cool graphics or funny sayings are hard to wrong with. It is important that the item is stretchy because the sizes can vary so much. The stretch in the material will give you a little leniency if you get the wrong size. Beware of items with exposed stitching or zippers because poor quality in those areas will ruin a garment.

Phone Cases

Phone cases and other cell phone accessories like cords and screen protectors are a surprisingly solid bet from Wish. If you find a product with pictures that shows the case or accessory with your phone model you'll have greater confidence it will fit correctly.

Hidden Gems: Shower Speakers with Bluetooth

People are always on the hunt for great deals that other shoppers haven't discovered yet. These do occasionally pop up on Wish but unfortunately it's impossible to know you are looking at a solid deal without buying it.

Unless you do some extensive research before trying for yourself! Look up the Bluetooth capable speakers on Wish that are water proof. They offer quite a few and most have great reviews. Bluetooth is a well established technology and the sound quality from their speakers is actually pretty high. They will range from $5 to $15 and compare really well to their $50-$75 retail counter parts.


Wish vs Geek App

Geek is a electronics bargain shopping app that is keeping pace with Wish. Like Wish, Geek's merchandise is primarily shipped from China. Geek does have some clothing items similar to what Wish carries but most of their merchandise is small electronics and toys.

The same cautions apply to Geek: don't expect high quality or fast shipping. But with the right research (and usually a bit of trial and error) Geek can be a great bargain for the right items.

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        Tamara stark 

        4 weeks ago

        I like the cloths & soes & bags & would really like to have an account so i can buy the ones i like i dont mind waiting x

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        4 weeks ago

        I was getting refunds for orders that never arrived however now the wish site wont even let me click on refund request buttons. Tech support just plays games by telling me over and over to just "click" on the refund button while ignoring my repeated complaints that the site will not allow me to click on the refund button.

        They obviously know whats going on and let it or make it happen. This site is a ripoff and they are crooks.

        Stay away from these creeps

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        David Betz 

        5 weeks ago

        I've ordered through this worthless company 3 times. And three times have never gotten what i ordered. 2 times my order was wrong. The third was shipped to a wrong address. I live in Texas and was shipped to California. Needless to say, I believe 5 yo kids run this place and couldn't get an order right to save a life. I'll vnever order from them again No matter how Cheap they claim they can get a product. Out of 5 stars i give them a negative 5.

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        Katy Medium 

        6 weeks ago from Denver, CO

        Hi Lila,

        It should arrive in time if you buy today! But I'd recommend being ready to buy a back up just before you travel in case it hasn't arrived yet or it doesn't fit.

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        6 weeks ago

        Today is june 5 and I travel con July 6 what do I expect if I order a bathingsuit today will it come by time or never..I really need a bathingsuit for the trip. Should I buy it or not???

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        suryakanta behera 

        2 months ago

        its a very bad exp i ordered 3 item since march but not deliver yet

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        Bindu Goyal 

        2 months ago

        Wish.Com is totally fake company.... they are not sending the items which we ordered payment is made already what to do now guide us

        We r robbed where to make complaint

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        Katy Medium 

        2 months ago from Denver, CO

        Hi Susan, try accessing Wish from the app or a different browser and see if that works.

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        Susan Elmer 

        2 months ago

        My WISH account is not coming up want to pay for things i ordered and page is not coming up, what do i do????????

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        11 months ago

        Would like to know prices


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