Because spying + shopping is cool: TheShelf.com

by on Monday, November 19th, 2012

If you could see exactly what all your friends are buying, wouldn’t you want to take a little sneak peek?

Well, that’s one of the things you get with TheShelf.com.

We’ve (this means you!) been asked to give some input on this new site. It’s in beta testing right now. This means that if you want it do something, you just have to suggest it and it might happen. Your opinions will help shape it, and if it’s a site you and others use in the future then you’ll be so happy that you did. You can see my thoughts below, and then hopefully you’ll offer your own two cents!

This is what I like about the site:

  • You can share your shelves of actual items you’re going to purchase with other friends, and they can help you decide what to get.
  • When an item goes on sale in  your size, you’ll get an alert.
  • You can stay organized.
  • It lets you organize your promo codes.
  • Possibly better than an Amazon Wish List for the fashionista set. Just click and e-mail it to your admirers!

My input on tweaks:

  1. I’d like to be able to make my own categories for the shelf. But at least offer more than “accessories” – I want to do just rings for RingOBlog.com,  so at least have a jewelry shelf.
  2. Naturally more stores will be added, I’m sure. But it’s tough to see only one sort of store there right now. Ideally, you’d be able to shop on any website – whether it’s Shabby Apple, Saks or Target. There should also be a way to use Etsy items.
  3. It’s very similar to Pinterest except that this is about active shopping. But most people like creating dream boards on Pinterest, not necessarily planning out purchases. The way to make it work is to capitalize on letting small shop owners and bloggers really publicize things by sharing their wares and shopping lists. Getting traffic is something everyone wants. I don’t know if the curated blogger boards are all that great.
  4. I’d add a “Bought it!” board. And then the ability to post a starred rating of the item.
  5. I’d allow for people to link to reviews on their own blogs. I don’t want to take time to review something on someone’s site, even if I get account perks, when I have a blog where I already do it. A lot of bloggers feel this way. But we’d post links to our reviews, with snippets and starred rattings. Again, everyone wants traffic.
  6. I’d ask MakeupAlley.com if they want to collaborate in showing clipped reviews on beauty products, since that’s such a great hub of knowledge.
  7. Expand to offer craft stores, home appliance stores, etc. People can do tutorials and then have boards that show you what items went into making a piece of jewelry, or a doll, or a painted lampshade.
  8. There’s no plus size stores added, I don’t think.
  9. For an item that goes on sale, I’d want an alert that it’s on sale rather than knowing it’s gone down to X price.
  10. You can’t currently comparison shop because everything so far has very brand-specific stores. But what if I want to know who has the cheapest Cole Haan riding boots? Something to consider.

What do you think of the site TheShelf.com? Leave a comment below! It can be as long or short as you like!

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