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24 September 2009 @ 11:59 pm
Brastop goes online-only, and several UK ebay powersellers change shipping policies  
I'm sorry to report that Brastop.com, which used to maintain two stores in central London (one in the Baker Street Tube station, and one in Victoria Station), has closed both and gone online-only in a little-publicized move.

This happened sometime in August (or possibly even earlier) and I only found out about it when I tried to visit the two stores and found them both gone. They may still have a store operating out of their Harrow headquarters, but it's doubtful: it's not mentioned anywhere on their site anymore that they have any retail locations, so I think in an effort to save on costs they've closed them all and gone to an online-only business model. I believe that these storefronts had been in operation since the mid-90s, so it's a real pity to have lost them after nearly 15 years of successful business.

Where the Bakerloo tube store used to reside

Relatedly, as I've been buying bras online recently, I've found that several big ebay lingerie sellers who I used to buy from have changed their shipping policies and will no longer ship outside the UK. When I asked about it, the story I've consistently gotten is that ebay's new changes make it more difficult to deal with Paypal chargebacks on international shipments for some reason. This is a real bummer for many in the US and elsewhere who relied on UK sellers to buy big bras at low prices.

There are, however, non-ebay sellers who offer pretty good prices and are still willing to ship to the USA. One of my favorites is the online shop Lawton's Lingerie, run by the same family since the 1960s. What's great about them is that even if they don't have what you are looking for, if it is a current style, they can usually order it from the manufacturer for you. So especially if you know what you want and can't find another seller that has it, try Lawton's. They've always been super helpful every time I have ordered from them.
donnalee_kissdonnalee_kiss on September 26th, 2009 01:14 am (UTC)
Brastop has true-to-fit sizing? And how are there with US buyers?
boobiusmaximusboobiusmaximus on October 1st, 2009 08:06 am (UTC)
I'm not quite sure I understand your question... brastop sells a lot of different brands (Panache, Freya, etc.) so the sizing depends on the brand. I've bought from Brastop in the past and also returned items to them and never had any problems, so I would say they are pretty good with US buyers. The shipping times are as fast or faster than Bravissimo.