Wanelo Shopping

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Find, share styles with friends -- and buy almost anything.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Wanelo makes it incredibly easy to browse, search for, categorize, comment on, and buy a wide assortment of products. One feature includes a rapid-fire, card-deck like set of images that users simply swipe right to save or left to pass on and then quickly view other products similar to those selected preferences. Searching for specific items is easy, too. Purchasing products is as simple as tapping "Buy," then you're instantly moved to the online store of the brand or supplier of the product where you're then working directly with the store, not Wanelo. When the purchase is complete, it's very easy to go back to Wanelo from the store site for more browsing.

Violence
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Language

A few swear words are displayed on specific products. None were observed in comments during this review.

Consumerism

This site is a consumer shopping site that connects users to brands and people with similar styles and drives them to the online stores where they can make purchases. While the app doesn't flash "BUY NOW" in users' faces, the impulse urge to buy items on Wanelo is never far from the surface. The developer gets a commission every time a user goes from it to a store and purchases an item they've seen on Wanelo.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Wanelo Shopping is a social shopping app (and website) that connects users to styles, brands, and products, as well as to other people on Wanelo with similar preferences. Teens and adults can post their favorite things -- clothes, home goods, cosmetics, and more -- and browse by brands, items, and lists created by other users. "Wanelo" stands for "Want, Need, Love," and one of its mottos is "All stores in one app," which isn't much of a stretch, given the fact that it includes hundreds of thousands of stores and millions of items posted by users to browse and buy. The app also calls itself "dangerous fun," which is also true, unless your teen can browse, share, and make lists of things without always wanting to buy them. Type "jeans," and hundreds of images of jeans of all colors and styles from different designers appear. Tap "Buy," and you're instantly moved to the online store of the brand or supplier.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byMsKhitii November 6, 2015

FRAUD!!!

I ordered an urn necklace for my son'S ashes. The app showed they were billing me a Total of 23.75... However, when the confirmation came in, they showed a... Continue reading
Adult Written byEden Forrester February 14, 2016

Unethical

Dishonest, shady, unethical, unresponsive, irresponsible. Browsers and shoppers beware.
Teen, 16 years old Written byBeth woodall June 22, 2016

I've been waiting for my package for 2 weeks now

It's not good I have been waiting for a package to get here before my mother's weeding on July 8th and before we move and have to change our address i... Continue reading

What's it about?

Join WANELO SHOPPING by entering an email or Facebook account. View store choices and tap "Follow" to follow stores, people, and products you like to help customize your shopping experience. The app includes brief tutorial-like boxes that show you how to view, save, comment on, share, categorize, and buy the items displayed during your first browsing session. Continue to scroll through images, search for specific items, view alerts, comment on others' posts, or view your "collection" on your main page. There are hundreds of thousands of images to view and things to save, dream about, or buy.

Is it any good?

Wanelo Shopping is a beautifully organized, intuitive shopping app, especially for teens who are naturally attuned to using social media as a way to get recommendations for lifestyle and purchasing choices. Still, teens must wisely manage their browsing with their buying on this addictive app. The social media/shopping hybrid is like a giant catalog users can tailor to their exact style preferences and shopping needs by searching for people, brands, and items that match what they like. One item leads to another, which leads to a list of others and more, until an hour and 1,000 items have passed by your eyes.

More serious fashion followers can view what's trending that day, filter by price range, and communicate ideas and impressions with other users via comments (which can be reported, if they're harassing). Wanelo Shopping can be fun, daily digital widow-shopping and style development for teens, with the caveat that it could be dangerous if too much buying overtakes the browsing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how shopping smart -- making a budget, balancing needs and wants, waiting a day or two to buy to avoid impulse purchases -- can make Wanelo more fun and less dangerous for teens' and parents' wallets.

  • Remind your teen that safe social-networking principles apply on this social shopping site, too. Check out Common Sense's Internet Safety Library for tips.

  • Wanelo can be a great opportunity to open a conversation between parents and teens about fashion. Browse the app with your teens and discuss their (and your) likes and dislikes, price points, and ideas for building a wardrobe that reflects personal style. 

App details

For kids who love learning about money management

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