01 October 2015

..::Website + App Review::.. Popmap - Boutique & Designer Marketplace


My Review of Popmap

What is it exactly?

     From the website. . .
"We believe in building a marketplace of shops that have a story, craft their own artwork, and create selections that are held to a high standard of original designs. At Popmap, we have gathered an exclusive arrangement of boutiques to help you shop the world like a local."

Review…


Popmap is a brand new online marketplace that puts the world's niche shops at your fingertips.  Whether you are a 'computer-person' or a 'phone-person', you can access it any way you choose.

Just to show you how easy it is to use, I went through the website and did a little exploring.  Now, keep in mind that this is the website, but the app has the same basic function.

When you first type in the website, you are brought to this page.  It displays a map with shops that are closest to the area in which you reside.  There is also a list that brings up the latest shops added to Popmap. The upper left provides you with a few drop-down menus to guide you or you can type in exactly what you are searching for.  The upper right displays your virtual shopping bag as well as a personalized login screen.



If you hover over any of the catergories in the upper lefthand corner, you will find that the menu pops up and gives you a bunch of differeent subheadings to choose from.



You can also use the search bar.  If you click on the search bar, it brings up the same main headings as the drop down menus.  But, if you click on these, it treats the search as the entirety of the heading.  For example, if you click on 'women', it'll bring up everything that women typically shop for instead of narrowing it down to 'women's shirts' like the category selector will.



When you begin to type in the search bar, it automatically brings up results as you type.  I typed the letter 'h', and the search resulted in different things that started with 'h', and even different shops.



Now, you are ready to shop.  But before you do, be sure to login.  Click on the little 'login' button in the upper right.  You can login with Facebook, Google, or you can setup a username/password combination.



Next, start searching! I shopped for 'boots'.  It brings them up, listed by picture.  You can then sort them by whatever parameters you wish.



I decided to shop for a dress for my daughter.  This time, I clicked the 'kids' heading and clicked on 'dresses'.  My daughter loves cats, and I think this would be adorable on her.  From this menu, you can add it to your bag, select you quantity, choose your size, and read more about the delivery options.  If you look at the right, you can actually check out more items from this specific boutique if you like their style.  If not, you can shop under 'similar items'.



Once you add it to your bag, it's a five-step order process.  It's very simple, too!



If you like something, but don't want to buy it right at that moment, you can add it to your wishlist. To view your wishlist or past orders, click on your little profile button in the top right.  In this menu, you can also change your profile settings.



Lastly, if at any point in time you decide that you need help or if you have a question-- there is a live chat button.  No calling, no emailing, no waiting.  You can talk to a professional right away.



Pros of Popmap
  • Lots of different selections for women, men, kids, house.
  • 500+ shops from 30 different countries at your fingertips.
  • Easy guided website.
  • Professional help any time you need it.
  • Easy saving to wishlist for future purchase.
          Cons of Popmap
          • It would be nice to have a first-time shopper discount coupon to get people familiar with the site.
                  Summary

                  I have really been on this site a lot more than I intended.  I love sites like Etsy, Zulily, Pinterest-- and this really combines all of them into one easy access marketplace.  You can really shop for anything here.  This is a great place to find a very unique gift from anywhere around the world.  The prices vary because you will experience shopping with many different vendors.


                  For further information, please visit Popmap on:


                  DISCLAIMER:  I received the product mentioned above complimentary for review and testing purposes. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  All opinions stated above are solely mine, and have not been influenced in any way.  I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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