Is Wish Legit?
It’s only natural to be careful when shopping online. You’ve probably heard about all kinds of elaborate Internet scams. Regardless, the popularity of online shopping is only increasing. Whether you want to or not, your first online order is probably only a matter of time away.
But how do you choose which website or app you can trust? Undoubtedly, Wish is one of the most popular online shopping apps around. If you’re wondering if it’s legit and safe to use, this article is for you.
Is It Safe to Shop via Wish?
If you have an iOS or an Android device, you can get the Wish app from the App Store or Google Play Store. It’s an e-commerce app like any other in the market, but it’s become famous for its more than affordable prices.
We know this sounds too good to be true. Still, it doesn’t make Wish any less legit. It’s trustworthy, just like Amazon or AliExpress, in terms of shipping your order after you pay for it.
How Is Wish So Cheap Then?
What may be an issue is the quality of the products. Even though you might stumble upon some incredible deals and discounts, it’s better not to expect the same level of quality at such a low price. You may be shocked to see a several-hundred-dollar discount on a winter coat, but since there’s no other info about the product, you can’t be sure if the discount is real. The brands are typically ones not available in the U.S., and you may also find some imitations of brands popular worldwide.
Another reason why Wish is so cheap is the absence of distributors. The app will ship your order directly from the manufacturer, typically located in China and other Asian countries. And since there are no middlemen involved, the Wish app can offer products at low prices. This can be the reason why shipping may take longer than usual, too, sometimes more than 20 days.
Once you sign up, you’ll see a wide variety of products to choose from. You can buy nearly anything, from stationery to clothes, decorations to gadgets. If you decide to order from Wish, make sure you’re buying products that won’t disappoint you too much in terms of quality.
For example, you can buy a nice pair of leggings for your workouts, but you can probably expect quicker wear and tear damage than in a more expensive pair. After all, if you’re not sure about a product, you can always check the customer reviews.
Reviews & Wish List Privacy Concerns
Note that, in case you want to leave a review about a product, your full name will be displayed. The same goes for your wish lists. When you make one, it’s not private, but available for everyone to see. This is good to know before you start using the Wish app.
Nonetheless, you can make your wish lists private after you create them. Remember, you need to do it manually as they’re public by default. Follow these steps:
- Launch your browser and go to the Wish official website.
- Log in to your account and go to your profile – click on the icon in the top right corner of the screen.
- Choose a Wishlist you want to make private.
- You’ll see a blue Edit Wishlist button. Click to open the editing menu.
- Switch the toggle from Privacy Off.
- Select Done to save your changes.
From an Android or iOS Device
- Launch the app and select View Profile.
- Find the desired Wishlist.
- In the top right corner, tap the three-dot icon.
- Choose Make Private.
- On an Android, you’ll see a lock icon next to the edited Wishlist. If you have an iOS, you’ll see the lock icon next to the three dots.
How to Sign Up
Now that you know all the “catches” related to Wish, you’ll know what to expect from your orders. If you decide to sign up, here’s how to do it:
- Open your web browser and type in wish.com in the search bar.
- Select how you want to create the account. You can type in the basic info and create a password on the spot, or you can create an account using your Facebook or Google log-in information.
- Follow the on-screen prompts to finish the process and create your Wish account.
From an Android Device
- Visit the Google Play Store and download the Wish app.
- Once it’s installed, open it and choose New? Create an Account.
- Choose how you want to create your account. You have the same options as on the web.
- Follow the on-screen instructions until you’re done.
From an iOS Device
- Visit the App Store and download the Wish app.
- After you’ve installed it, launch it and choose Create Account.
- Pick a method to create the account.
- Go through the on-screen steps to finish creating your account.
Have Fun, but Pay Attention
At Wish, they say its shopping made fun. We agree – online shopping can indeed be a lot of fun, as long as you’re careful with what you order. Make sure to read the reviews before you order something expensive or valuable, and you’re good to go.
Do you use the Wish app for online shopping? Share your experience with us in the comments section below.