Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Clarification on Eshakti

Hey, once Eshakti read my review they had a couple of clarifications....

Here's what they said:

Thank you for the review. We appreciate your candid remarks about the site load time. We did encounter very slow load times for about a week or so. Our team has worked on it and it is now working fine.

Just thought we'd clarify a few points that were noted as part of your review:

We do not charge separate fees for size & style customizations. Any change you do to a particular garment is at $7.50

And the first time you place a custom order with us, we do not charge and do it FREE

We have our Returns center located in Seattle, WA and customers do not have to send any return back to our India office. We also reimburse the difference in return shipping charges that customers pay over $6.50
All of that is good news and makes me excited to slim on down so I can order from them once I my next ten pounds reward. :) 

Hope it's helpful to someone, I'm hoping to do an affiliate program with them, so check back if I review them again. :)

Monday, January 3, 2011

Thanks Eshakti

Eshakti allowed me to do a review for them, and I was SO Excited.  Lara had recently done a review and after looking at their clothes they just knew my style (BTW, Lara and I independently chose the same dress in different colors, what are the odds?)!

But more importantly, they care about my style.  Because my style needs to have sleeve and go below my knee.  That's the kind of gal I am, as are many of my friends and it can be pretty hard to find a dress like that out there....

So, I'm going to go ahead and review the entire ordering process.

First off, their site is REALLY slow.  Painfully slow.   It's something you peruse while you're on facebook... have a few windows open... {sigh}  I'm hoping they have some tech guy working on this... becuase it is a problem.  Huh, as I'm looking for my dress today it does seem a bit speedier.  It was the main complaint of friends who's opinions I asked for.

So, once you find what you want, there is a 7.50 customization charge (one for size and one for the sleeves/length... I think).  I'm not sure if I'd do this again.  They did allow me to customize it for this order (obviously free) and it does fit really well.  However, I think I would've just gone with their sizing chart for my top half and ordered since the bottom half is pretty flow-y anyway.

Shipping is 8.95 for this order.  So, with the customization I think I could be charged up to 15 dollars to have the right size and the sleeves, etc.  However, I doubt that I'd do the sizing on this dress. SO, my total would have been 76.40 including shipping.  Which, for this type of dress, I think, is really reasonable.  HOWEVER, you do have to pay the return shipping if it doesn't fit and they ARE located in India... so weigh that.

Anyway, fast forward a week or so and I recieve it (SUPER fast considering they had to alter it AND it came from far away India).  Now, don't be afraid when you get it -- the whole dress is in there.  They really fold it neatly (I am guessing to save on shipping charges) into a very small little box.  It did require some ironing on my part.  But, I think you have to expect that with shipping.

The fabric and the dress is well made.  Is it nordstroms 1k dress well made?  Well, no.  But I wore it to church WITH my children with no fear that they could rip it off of me.  The entire dress is lined and the size zipper is well hidden.

So, the 10 million dollar question.  WILL, I order from them again?

The answer.  Yes.

I just saw that they have free shipping for orders over 100 bucks (at least for right now, I sense they have coupons fairly frequently like most online merchants).  So, my next reward, once my body is at 160 pounds or below I think that will be my next reward.  I'm excited to workout and make that happen.

You all know I'm need of some skirts, and these 3 just happened to catch my eye:
I just had a girl in our ward get a dress from there for a recent school dance and honeslty, I think the Mormons could easily find their niche with this store being able to add both length and sleeves.  She looked adorable and I know they also asked for a small amount of fabric to cover up the V-neck in case it was too low, and they recieved it with their order (I wish I had done that, mine is a little low, I think I will were a camisole with it next time).  Something to think about.

Anyway, those are my thoughts, I would give eshakti a try next time you're in need of some clothing.  I know I will.  BTW, they carry up to size 26 so it's a great option for us bigger gals. :)  Oh, and they have a lot of great photos on their facebook page -- to give you an idea of how they look on real women. :)

*As with all of my reviews, eshakti did send me the dress for free in return that I review it on my blog.  I wasn't paid for the review in any other way, besides the free item.  I tried to be honest with my opinion, as I always am. :)
* Hey, I just registered with the site (the dress came through another form so I hadn't actually registered prior) and I got a 15 dollar gift certificate, so if you're ordering, register first so you can use that!