Katy tests money-saving apps, tools, and websites to find ones that are legitimate, easy to use, and effective to share with readers.
What Is Wish?
Wish is a shopping app based out of San Francisco that offers very low prices on clothing, makeup, and accessories, mostly from warehouses in China. It connects consumers to a marketplace of vendors, in a way that's similar to eBay. The difference is that all of the products on Wish come directly from China. The "stores" on Wish have no middlemen, retail outlets, or advertisements to pay for, so the prices are really low. On the other hand, the products aren't high-quality and can take weeks to ship. You get what you pay for!
Right now, Wish is a leading app for e-commerce. The photo-driven shopping style and very low prices make it ideal for consumers who are willing to take a chance on products that may or may not be very good.
Best Items to Buy on Wish 2018
- Smartphone cases, cords, screen protectors
- Bluetooth accessories
- Women's tank tops and loose-fitting tops.
- Women's sunglasses and socks
- Women's sandals, slippers, and boat shoes
- Snap wallets and cosmetic bags
What NOT to Buy on Wish
- Anything made of "leather"
- Tennis shoes
- Clothing with zipper closures or exposed stitching
My Review of Product Quality on Wish
For the most part, the products on Wish are worth the money. But be careful when someone says a $3 shirt is "high quality." Sometimes the material listed in the product description can give you an idea of what you will receive. The best research you can do is to read the customer reviews and decide if getting the worst outcome described there is worth the product price.
Wish is a shopping venue best used for trying out cheap novelties and ordering more colors when they work out. The products available on Wish tend to come without a label or brand and generally follow fast-fashion trends closely. You are not going to find your next favorite pair of jeans in that exact fit that will last you the next five 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.
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 of shipping. There are 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 more than the price of the product. On Wish, you get what you pay for!
What About You?
Review of Electronics on Wish
Slow shipping and iffy product quality don'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 smartphone. There are plenty of items that are worth buying if you do the research.
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 show the case or accessory with your phone model, you can be pretty sure the item will fit correctly.
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 until you buy and receive it.
Do some extensive research before purchasing! Look up the Bluetooth-capable speakers on Wish that are waterproof. 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 counterparts.
My Review of Women's Clothing on Wish
Clothing on Wish can certainly be hit-or-miss. You might get a few items that are poor quality or don't fit, but chances are you'll also find a few "finds" that are really affordable and become wardrobe favorites. Read these reviews on specific products before you buy.
There are some super cute boat shoes that are popular on Wish right now. Shoe sizing on Wish is actually pretty reliable. The results are not going to be too far off what you see in other stores but beware of shoes with stitching and seams because those are the first to rip. Other than that, you get what you see in the picture.
Tops and Blouses
Wish probably has more tops and blouses than any other type of product. These can be super tempting in the pictures, but they are actually among the higher-risk items you can buy. This is because the sizing is much more difficult with a blouse than a skirt or a dress. If you're willing to risk it, then read reviews and make sure you see customer photos that verify the garment isn't too sheer (a common problem with Wish clothing). Consider sizing up a lot and being okay with an over-sized fit. Better too loose than too tight!
If you like to have a new suit every summer, then Wish might work for you. You'll find plenty of variety here, but don't expect the suits to last through more than one summer's worth of water and sun. Fit can be difficult here, so proceed with caution!
There's a huge selection of leggings on Wish and a wide variety of quality. I ordered a pair last winter in a fun, bright pattern and loved them. They were $5 plus shipping. For that price, I could have bought a pair at Walmart or Target.
Stretchy Fast-Fashion Clothing
Fast-fashion items like stretchy skirts, dresses, T-shirts, and tanks can be excellent purchases from Wish. Novelty T-shirts with cool graphics or funny sayings are hard to go 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 "wiggle room" if you get the wrong size. Beware of items with exposed stitching or zippers because poor quality in those areas can ruin a garment.
Tips to Buying Great Stuff on Wish
Scrolling through the app and seeing cute clothes for only a few bucks, it's hard to resist buying everything. Especially when your PayPal account is already linked to the app. You can make a purchase by sliding a bar below the product you want. But keep a few points in mind before you start going swipe-crazy:
- The clothes are in Asian sizing, which often doesn't translate to U.S. or UK sizes.
- Shipping is slow (2 weeks+) and arrival estimates are sometimes inaccurate.
- There is very little product description and many people report that the pictures are inaccurate.
Read the Product Reviews!
Don't rely on the vendor's photo and descriptions. The only way to know if it is worth it to spend $4 on a shirt that will cost $1 to ship is to read the customer reviews. Many reviews are detailed and useful. You'll usually get enough information here to decide whether to buy or not.
There's an option for reviewers to post photos of the items 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.
Use Clothing Size Charts
As for sizing, 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 a store in the U.S. or Europe. Many of the items have sizing charts to help in size selection. But, again, the best information is from the reviews left by consumers who have already received the product. The helpful ones mention they size they normally buy at a store in the United States and whether the size they ordered ended up fitting them.
Don't Expect Fast Delivery
Expect shipping to take a couple weeks and don't be surprised if it takes longer than they say. While most items are on time, the Wish app does not seem to place much emphasis on delivering on schedule. Remember, this is not Amazon Prime.
What to Buy from Wish
|Category||Typical Prices||Safer Buys||Riskier Buys|
Tanks, Loose Fitting Tops
Bras, Tight Tops
"Leather", Tennis Shoes
Bags and Wallets
Snaps, Cosmetic Bags
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.
Wish Shopping App Review
Have You Bought Anything on Wish?
Have you used Wish? Share your experiences below.
© 2016 Katy Medium
Patrick Woehl on August 05, 2020:
I ordered a few items and they took from 2 weeks to 5 months to arrive. 2 items never arrived, but I was charged . Today I saw a large charge on my credit card from wish.com even though I never ordered anything! Good luck calling their support . They say they will get back to you in 2 or 3 business days! Boycott all things a China!
barend on March 13, 2020:
I stop my oder bat the payment stil go of my bank account
SVLawyer on March 06, 2020:
I shopped for three items: iPhone screen protector, weighlifting gloves and a baseball hat. After I selected the items and put them in the shopping cart, the prices on all three items were increased from what was shown in the browsing section, and then the prices on some items increased again when I put my credit card information in. In the U.S., this is unlawful; it is called "bait and switch." They wasted my time and lost a customer for good. If this is how they want to do business, they will fail. They are a very far cry from Amazon.
Pete on February 18, 2020:
Wish.com is the worst rat-bag organization imaginable. Customer service is essentially nonexistent, and there is no monitoring of sellers' fulfillment of customer orders. Merchandise is often only a pitifully-made approximation of what was advertised, and not the real item.
IF YOU VALUE YOUR MONEY AND TIME, STAY FAR AWAY FROM WISH.COM
Char Fisher on January 26, 2020:
Are your products are in the same area as the out break of that virus in China where are all people are getting sick
Tracie Oden on January 17, 2020:
I love wish the things I buy has been great.the only downfall is I would like to put money on my account, but to do that you must have a barcode. I can't find mine.
Kerry on December 24, 2019:
Wish is a scam. I ordered base layer clothing (top and bottom). I received a pair of cheap socks! Trying to go through customer service is a joke!
Beware to all who use Wish.com!
Victor Friday on December 21, 2019:
Where is my order I sent last month
Ken Smith on December 10, 2019:
Mainly cheap crappy Chineese. knock off junk that takes months to be delivered. AVOID THIS COMPANY!!!
Osunyoyin Alake on November 30, 2019:
Purchased 3 hats from Wish. They all arrived crushed and unwearable having only been shipped in. Plastic envelipes. It would cost me more to ship it back to China and what I paid for it. What a waste.
Wish Is A Scam on November 03, 2019:
Wish is A Scam! Buyers Beware! Items packaged poorly and damaged when received. No customer service help at all!
Julie Muljana on October 26, 2019:
I had wish account then they told me to create new account for new order. what is going on. weird if I create new account mean my wish account will miss it.Please explaint
Brenda Conley on September 26, 2019:
I didnt ordet ftom wish.com but they got into my wish list amd ordeted it
My bank account is in the negative. I have retirned all items tjat had neen sent back. I would like to know how long it would take to put moneu back intoy account???
Shay arzoian on September 10, 2019:
Wish is nothing but crap items and lies. No human contact is possible so when there is a problem, and most likely there will be, you get a computer that only has a few responces. You really don’t get help at all. I’ve been sucked in for the last time and I’m taking a stand by not buying from them as well as turning them in to anyone I can in hopes to get them shut down! The items are NEVER what they say they are and they don’t come thru with many products! Total scam and scandalous company where the customer is always the butt end of the joke!! WISH IS A SCAM DONT SHOP WITH THEM
Joan Ross on July 10, 2019:
How does one cancel an order
Helga Riendeau on March 07, 2019:
I am waiting now for 3 weeks and starting to get nervous,next time i buy in the store,i know what i get and get it right there.
Lynne Martin on March 04, 2019:
I ordered a pair tennis shoes and when they came they were different shoes. Plus i ordered one pair and they sent 6 pairs of the wrong shoe. I have tried to talk to them but its a bunch of questions back and forth. I want to know why they sent me 6 pairs of the wrong shoe.
EDWARD DIAZ JR on February 02, 2019:
i did order and i got it.. nothing happen alway send my e mail i got from them info.. good job... i heard scram but nothing happen
Vaho on January 17, 2019:
Wish is scam and fake company I did order item for $17 and they charged me $85 I did cancel right away they confirmed but after 3 days they sent me e-mail about shipping after they charged and shipped me items what I didn’t order and said I can’t cancel order because items on way . Be aware from this thief scam company
Shivani on November 20, 2018:
I have been waiting for my item for over a month now and whenever I contact them about it, they keep extending the delivery date.
When I asked for a refund and they refused to give me a refund. Now they have only refunded me half of what I paid.
They are a bunch of liars and thieves. I would not recommend them to anyone
rolandjeep on September 20, 2018:
I've ordered a couple of items from here and some of them, came surprisingly quickly. Of course now, when I ordered for my upcoming vacation, the items are nowhere in sight. The item quality is as you should expect. Everything now comes from China. Cheap ass quality, cheap price. Some things are actually worth a hoot, (for the price). How long they will last, is for you to find out.
Ravinder on September 11, 2018:
This is totally fraud sight waste of money. Totally scam
Lincoln on September 03, 2018:
I have purchased about 15 items from electronics to shoes. Everything I got was of low quality and only got worse after time. Nothing was useful after about 3 months. The makers of the app are slimy middle men that can care less after they get their cut. No customer support and the Chinese companies are unreachable. It is dollar store quality with long (2 month) waits and high shipping cost. Pictures are misleading, descriptions are purposely confusing, size charts are off, prices shown are for specific colors or sizes so if you don't pay attention you get fleeced. I can only conclude that the lack of regulation on misleading posts and low quality goods is part of the apps design. It seems to screw the consumer as a survival strategy.
Ly nn on August 26, 2018:
Dont waste money on Wish, bought several items, none of which reached me. My grsndaughter has now grown out of the size orderex and summer is over.
Lee on July 28, 2018:
Ordered an item 6 1/2 weeks ago, and still hasn’t arrived. My first and last purchase with Wish.
Tamara stark on June 20, 2018:
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
bruce58 on June 18, 2018:
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
David Betz on June 12, 2018:
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.
Katy Medium (author) from Denver, CO on June 05, 2018:
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.
Lila on June 05, 2018:
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???
suryakanta behera on May 10, 2018:
its a very bad exp i ordered 3 item since march but not deliver yet
Bindu Goyal on May 10, 2018:
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
Katy Medium (author) from Denver, CO on April 30, 2018:
Hi Susan, try accessing Wish from the app or a different browser and see if that works.
Susan Elmer on April 29, 2018:
My WISH account is not coming up want to pay for things i ordered and page is not coming up, what do i do????????
Ayanda on August 22, 2017:
Would like to know prices