Are you willing to sign in to shop on websites?

It seems like more and more online stores want you register and sign in just to see their wares. It’s such an odd business model that I guess is supposed to simulate exclusivity but it just annoys me!

I know why the online stores want your info but I think it’s pretty gutsy to assume they can still draw the volume they need for to stay afloat and get everyone’s vital information.

I gave in a while back on One Kings Lane and signed in. I get emails from them every day now. I do like perusing the housewares and vintage table cloths and such, but I don’t want emails coming from every site I just want to click through.

Some sites that want me to sign in –

Josh and Main – I gave in a few days ago on this one and signed in and so far only one email.

Online stores should give you a couple of chances to look around before making you register. The New York Times and other news publications with firewalls handle it that way. At least you would know if it’s worth your time to register.

I am ready to switch emails and leave my old one as my shopping email to give out but it’s such a pain to notify real people that you’ve migrated to a new account.

Are you willing to register and give up your info for the privilege of just looking at their online wares? Does it annoy you? Do you have just a junk email account for that purpose? What are your favorite shopping sites that you have to register for? Which sites are worth giving up my email to peruse?

22 comments Add your comment

ATL Born and Raised

February 4th, 2013
12:55 pm

All you have to do is edit your email preferences when you sign-up.


February 4th, 2013
1:04 pm

Add the AJC to list genius. All of the blogs here are going that route.


February 4th, 2013
1:04 pm

Or when you get an e-mail, there shuld be an “unsuscribe” link at the bottom. Click on that and you will be taken off their e-mail list. Don’t reply to the e-mail, just click the “unsuscribe” link


February 4th, 2013
1:13 pm

I do a lot of online shopping and I have never had to register just to look around a website.

If required to do so … I would probably just go to a different website.

I have a shopping only email address and the “unsubscribe” button and I have become very close. :)


February 4th, 2013
1:39 pm

I have fake email addresses. But I don’t register just to look around. Plus, most of the info I do provide, is false. Except for shipping, etc.


February 4th, 2013
1:51 pm

I’ve purchased a couple of things from Zulily but never again. Orders take *forever* to arrive because they don’t actually have inventory. They wait until a particular sale is over, and then they acquire the merchandise to ship to you. So if you want something for a special occasion coming up within a few weeks of your order, definitely don’t count on them. I had to cancel an order and when I complained about their timing, they freely admitted they take a long time to ship.


February 4th, 2013
1:53 pm

If I have to sign up/register from the beginning, I just skip it. Additionally I no longer give my email when asked at brick & mortar stores that I only shop occasionally. It has cut down the amount of junk email in my inbox.

And now, many of the "blog sites" on the AJC...

February 4th, 2013
1:56 pm

…make you “sign up” and then “sign in” to blog – thanks, T, for not doing this (yet)…

And, malleesmom...

February 4th, 2013
1:58 pm

…at those “brick and mortar” stores that ask for my zip code I always say “90210″, and most of the time the clerk thinks about it and says “really”?…


February 4th, 2013
2:32 pm

Echo the thanks that we don’t have to sign up for this blog. I won’t comment on a site that requires sign up.


February 4th, 2013
2:47 pm

If I have to sign on to shop, they don’t want my business badly enough.


February 4th, 2013
4:14 pm

when they ask for your zip at a store, sometimes it needs to match the one at the mailing address for the credit card you are using if you’re using one…


February 4th, 2013
5:22 pm

One credit card I use does require my zip code at times so I will give it then. Any other time I am asked , “May I have your zip code?” I politely reply, “No” and offer no further explanation. Like a previous commenter, I keep an email address that I never even look at. I use it when some site wants my email address. Unless I am actually making a purchase all information I give is false and bears no relation to my actual name, age, sex or location.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

February 4th, 2013
5:33 pm

They are migrating all the blog gradually over to a new system that requires sign in — Have no idea when we will — but it will cut down on trolls so there is at least an upside to it.


February 4th, 2013
5:44 pm

Just curious — why don’t people want to give their ZIP codes? I won’t give my phone number or other identifying info, but a ZIP code doesn’t identify you.


February 4th, 2013
7:42 pm

I do a lot of online shopping through Ebates (, in fact, all that I can so I get the handsome rebate/reward for placing my order through their website, on a quarterly basis. I absolutely love the site .


February 4th, 2013
10:32 pm

The life of a spoiled suburbanite in Arizona, clueless of reality in the world… Online shopping causes her to blog…. So deep. UGA degree in action. Michael pulls in six digits while the twitt of a wife earns money posting this crap…


February 4th, 2013
10:41 pm

The depth of Theresa’s mind; the Royals, online shopping, the horror of floating two mortgages with a six digit income when so many float a mortgage without a job… Going to Communion without attending Confession, Sin woman Catholic…. You need to go to Confession but you won’t….


February 4th, 2013
11:13 pm

Have no problem signing into Josh and Main. Only sign in site I purchase from on regular basis. Don ‘t mind their emails.


February 5th, 2013
8:55 am

They ask for your zip code to see how far you are traveling to the store. If enough people with the same zip code shop at that store, they will open a store in that particular zip code. Folks in Cumming were driving down to Alpharetta to shop at the Old Navy and Best Buy. We now have both of those in Cumming.

Mainly, HB...

February 5th, 2013
11:06 am

…asking for ANY personal information, to me, is just not right…and, actually, they are only asking for the zip code so as to discern from where people are coming in order to target that population with their mail flyers, just as Shannon says…

And, atlmom, they ask for my zip code BEFORE they even start ringing the items, not after – and your point about the zip code matching the credit card is absolutely correct, however.

non committal mind reader

February 6th, 2013
9:35 am

No reason to sign in anywhere. If they won’t let you look or take your money without signing in, shop elsewhere.