It is often said that what happens in the USA eventually happens in the UK and for once the trend is a good one! Americans have always been keen to dress up and party, and now we here in England are catching on fast.
But where to get those great costumes? In the past, a local hire shop may have been your only choice, but now with a great range of costumes available to buy on-line, your imagination (and budget) are the only limits. What better way to express your personality that with a costume of your choosing that wasn't worn by 10 people before you!
Wether you are looking for something sexy, scary or unusual, you'll probably find it on Ebay. As long as you shop carefully, you can be the Belle (or Beau) of the Ball!
Have a look at their feedback. Are customers happy with the products and the speed of delivery? Were problems resolved in a professional way? There are now some cheap copies from the far East in the marketplace, so be careful.
Make sure your seller is a UK based seller and have the item in stock. There are some sellers who 'Dropship'. This means they do not keep any stock and only order once you have paid them. The costumes are shipped by a 3rd party and as well as causing a delay, you may be liable for Import Duty and VAT on top of the price you have already paid. Ignore any seller who claims they are not responsible for items lost in the post - they are!
Check that the seller has a returns policy that suits you. A business seller is obliged under the Distance Selling Regulations to accept returns. If they state NO RETURNS, you may want to think carefully before dealing with someone who has so little regard for their customers and legal responsibilities and demonstrates a lack of confidence in the products they are selling.
Once you are happy that you are dealing with someone who values your business then comes the tricky part:."Who do I want to be today?" Have a great party!