Is the Wish app too good to be true? Is it legit? How do I get free shipping on the Wish app? How does it work? Is it all cheap Chinese imports.
The Wish app  is a shopping app that has drawn a lot of attention over the past couple of years. Available for phones or on the web, the app promises low prices for some great products and the ability to shop from anywhere you like. With a promised ‘100 million high-quality items’ available, the app seems too good to be true.
This, of course, begs a lot of questions about the quality of the products on the app and whether or not the app is actually worth using.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at what Wish is, whether or not it’s worth it, and how you can get free shipping on Wish.
Is Wish Too Good to be True?
Yes and no.
The Wish app is real and offers real products from real manufacturers. And, while it might take a little longer than you’re used to, Wish does seem to always deliver products when ordered through the app.
However, these products don’t always match the image or description and can vary wildly in size and quality. Pricing is also size-dependent which is new. As such, it’s important to shop with caution as many product advertisements on the app can be quite misleading.
If you’re flexible in your approach to purchases and don’t mind if an item of clothing looks slightly different or is a slightly different color, you’re all good. If you’re a very specific buyer for whom the item received must exactly match the item you thought you were receiving, the Wish app is not for you.
Returns and customer service have come under a lot of criticism too. While returns for defective items are free, the process is neither easy nor customer friendly.
Is Wish Legit?
If you’re worried about Wish being a scam, you’ll be happy to know that the app is legit.
Wish was started by an ex-Google and an ex-Yahoo employee. It works a bit like Alibaba  or drop shipping. The app links to manufacturers of goods rather than to wholesalers or retailers. They fulfill the order directly from the factory and send it from the line or warehouse.
The app cuts out all those in the middle of the retail chain which is why the prices are so cheap; however, it’s also the reason product quality can be very unreliable and unpredictable.
How to Get Free Shipping on the Wish App
Most products on Wish require you to pay shipping but not all of them do. Shipping isn’t expensive, usually around $3, but as we’re discount shopping, it seems worth trying to get free shipping as well as cheap products.
There is one code I know of that seems to work well enough but you need to have been using your account for a few months before it is accepted.
When you have made a purchase, enter ‘3shipping’ into the Promo Code box. If your account qualifies, the shipping should be taken off your bill and you just pay for the items you’re buying. It isn’t guaranteed to work but it often does.
There are also lots of vouchers and promotional codes on Facebook and elsewhere that can offer further discounts or free shipping. Google is your friend there.
So, if the code provided above doesn’t work for you, a simple search for ‘Wish promo codes’ should net you plenty of effective solutions.
How Does the Wish App Work?
The Wish app  is a way to buy direct from manufacturers. If you know Alibaba, it’s the same premise as that. Manufacturers use the app to list items for sale. When you buy the item, rather than your order being fulfilled by a wholesaler or middleman, it is the manufacturer themselves that fulfills it.
Cutting out the majority of the supply chain lowers the cost substantially, and much of the savings are passed on to the consumer.
Purchases can be paid for using a credit card, PayPal, or Google Pay and you can set the app up to automatically purchase items in your basket.
You can download the app for Android  or iOS  or use the desktop website . You do have to sign in to use the app. You cannot even browse goods without giving your Facebook, Google, or email address. Once signed in, you can begin browsing right away.
You are initially asked whether you’re male or female and will be presented with a free gift. The app’s algorithm will begin learning your likes and dislikes and present you with products it thinks you might like. This is fine to a degree but makes shopping for others more of a chore than it should be. Otherwise, the app works fine.
Are Wish Products Poor Quality?
Many of the products available are unbranded or from unknown Chinese manufactures. This is not necessarily a bad thing as most of the things we buy from the store are also manufactured in China.
Where you do have to be careful is when a product says ‘Reduced from $399 down to $19.’ Lots of these claims are unsubstantiated and not necessarily true. These types of promotions are often used to push low-quality products while painting them is luxury items.
If you want to use the Wish app, it is better to ignore those discount claims altogether. Instead, look at the product in question and ask yourself if $19 is a fair price for that product while completely ignoring the $399 claim.
The Bottom Line
Wish has become incredibly popular over the past couple of years. Thanks to its incredibly low prices, the app appeals strongly to shoppers that are always on the lookout for a great deal.
However, it’s important to use Wish with care. As the products are sold and shipped by a wide variety of unknown manufacturers, quality can vary widely from product to product, and it’s common for shoppers to receive an item completely different from what they thought they were getting.
So, when shopping on Wish, be sure to read reviews, pay attention to pictures, and use your best judgment to avoid purchasing poor-quality items.