It’s the pay-after-delivery payment engine you can use to try items before you buy them, and it’s the reason both Max and I got ourselves some brand new duds to wear last weekend.
Now, full disclosure: this is a sponsored post, but I’ve genuinely been using Klarna ever since I worked with them last year, and I now go out of my way to use retailers who offer this particular payment method, in favour of those who don’t. (You’ll find a full list of Klarna-enabled retailers here: the fact that ASOS is on that list will probably go a long way towards explaining why I love it so much. And also why I’m the local Hermes delivery man’s best customer…)
Why? Well, it’s simple, really: with Klarna, you shop online in exactly the same way you always have. The only difference is that, when you select the ‘Pay later with Klarna’ option at checkout, you get to order your products without actually paying for them – or not right away, at least. Basically, the way this works is that Klarna pays the retailer right away, and then you pay Klarna 14 – 30 days later: so you have plenty of time to receive your items and try them on (Assuming they’re clothes, obviously – which, in my case, they almost always are…) before you have to pay for them.
As a new mum, this kind of flexibility has been invaluable to me. I know I’ve mentioned this once or twice or a billion times already, but, having been roughly the same size my entire adult life – which made online shopping pretty easy, really – I now have absolutely no idea which size to order, because my shape is so different right now. There’ve been a few times in the past few months where I’ve ordered something only to have to return it for a different size – and then return it AGAIN when that size turned out to not be quite right either – and, well, those kind of shennanigans get old pretty quick, don’t they? I mean, by the time you wait for the first item to be delivered, then wait for the inevitable return to be received and the exchange to be sent out – and then do that 3x in a row – you’ve more or less lost interest in whatever it was you were buying, not to mention, you know, the will to live. Ahem.
With Klarna, though, you don’t have to bother with any of that, because, as you don’t have to pay anything upfront, you can afford to order more than one size to try on, knowing you’ll only have to pay for the one you keep. Genius, no? I, for instance, ordered these jeans in two different sizes because I had no idea which one would fit best, which meant I only had to deal with one order and one return, rather than the two or more I usually have with other retailers.
(Oh, and the other big advantage of Klarna is the fact that it’s introduced me to a bunch of retailers I might not have known about otherwise. My Joules top, for instance, is from Henmores, who I hadn’t heard of until I saw them on the Klarna retailer directory, but who I already know I’ll be buying from again!)
As for Max, meanwhile, I’ve found the sizing on baby clothes to be so erratic that I have similar issues shopping for him, too, so I was really happy to discover an awesome new source of babywear in the form of Alex & Alexa, which also offers the Klarna “try before you buy” option. I got him this gorgeous little Baby Gap onepiece, and I’ve also got my eye on a few other little pieces for him:
(Er, excuse the grumpy face -he’d literally just woken up here!)
At 13 weeks, Max is just edging into the age 3- 6 months category for baby clothes, but he still has some 0-3 months clothes that he only just grew into in the past couple of weeks, and this week I put him in an age 3-6 month romper and thought, “Hmm, that’s not going to last him much longer…” So, yeah, baby sizing is still a complete mystery to me (And for good reason, really: I mean, there can be a huge size difference between a one month old baby and a 3 month old, so it’s a little bit odd that some brands just lump them both together in the 0 – 3 category…), and I’ve made a few mistakes when shopping for Max too, so at least the Klarna option means I don’t have to pay for them all and then wait for a refund – which allows me to get on with the important task of shopping for the next preppy little romper instead…
[This post is a collaboration with Klarna]