To encourage my agoraphobia even more (ok, I’m not really agoraphobic, I just hate people and I hate shopping), I ordered LaRedoute and 3Suisses catalogs so I could shop from home. I could just as easily shop from their websites, but I prefer looking through real pages rather than adding even more
minutes hours to the exorbitant amount of time I spend online already.
Plus shopping in France is 10,000 times more stressful than shopping in the US. It doesn’t matter what day or what time you go, the stores will be packed with people young and old, which you assumed would be at school or work. But you were wrong. And there will be no salespeople to help you. Ever. This is why I choose to avoid French stores like the plague.
Anyway, both catalogs arrived the same day. Both are ridiculously heavy and include a Chèque-Réduction as well as offers of a Cadeau Gratuit. LaRedoute will give me 20 € off of a purchase of 50 € or more, whereas 3Suisses will give me 11 € off of 20 € or more. 3Suisses wins round one.
And the free gifts? They’re almost exactly the same. Orange and yellow silverware with either table mats and napkins (LaRedoute) or plates (3Suisses). Ooh, 3Suisses wins again because momma needs more plates.
Plus if I order 3 items from 3Suisses, I will get another free gift: un superbe collier STAR ACADEMY. Umm, no thanks. LaRedoute wins for not shoving a crappy “gift” from a crappy show at me.
If anyone wants to order stuff from either place, they have parrainage (invite a friend?) plans. From LaRedoute, you would get un sac week-end et sa pochette, 20% off your entire order, and the catalog for free. From 3Suisses, you would get un sac Ines de la Fressange, 25% off one item and the catalog for free. I would get to choose from 5 or 6 gifts, none of which I really want (luggage, bedding, a wok, a vacuum?), so I’d end up giving it to you anyway. LaRedoute wins the final round.
I guess the score is tied, but either way, I’m never stepping foot in a French clothing store again. Now if only I could do all of my grocery shopping online…