The bar is always rising for what constitutes smart usage of eCommerce. It used to be that I was quite satisfied just to receive news of offers that might interest me. Today, I expect web sites to do more than that: I expect them to tailor their offers to what's actually available.
I got to thinking about this because I got an e-mail earlier this week from Patagonia announcing an end-of-year clearance sale. As interesting as that might have been for me, a regular sucker for their over-priced clothes. (Let's be honest, I'm not doing any mountain climbing soon). I scurried over to their web site to see what would make me look more athletic than I am and sure enough, there were a few items that I was interested in.
Too bad not a single one of them was going to fit me. As much as I might wish for one, I will never have a 30" waist and I can only pray that I will never balloon up to an XXL. As for all the stuff in-between, almost all of it was sold out. Really, Patagonia should know better. Any scan of my past orders would show up sizes in the M-L range with a 32" inseam on pants. And all of it mens clothing.
What do I really want? A tailored email showing me only the items that were on sale in my size range could have resulted in far less disappointment.
|Gosh, which size should I get?|