Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Trusted Online Shops | Stores in the Philippines (UPDATED)



It’s been more than a decade since online shopping has started penetrating the market at least in the Philippines and it’s getting even more popular nowadays because of the concept of convenience, accessibility and practicality. Why not? Who wouldn’t love to shop without being thronged and being stuck in the traffic for long hours? Numbers of people are yearning more and more for a more laid-back fashion of shopping and that is the ultimate reason why most people especially the busiest ones buying stuff on the internet. Having that said, I have listed three most popular and trusted names in three different categories when it comes to online shopping in the Philippines plus their respective rating being 5 as the highest.


1. Zalora  Philippines (Fashion Online Store)

Zalora Phlippines is your one stop online destination for everything about fashion in the Philippines (and other Asian countries). It features fashionistas favorite international designers and the most relevant Filipino brands. It also gives tips and advice that will allow shoppers to buy with more confidence. Zalora will let you feel that your shopping experience gets more personalized as you go along. It ships for free once your shopping bag reaches the amount of P975 (please refer to their terms and conditions as it varies from season to season), you have the option for COD (cash on delivery) payment mode, it allows you 30 days free return of the damaged item and the latest service it has is the Fast Shipping. Fast shipping is an innovative business model where it shortens the delivery time to 3 hours in Zalora’s VIP delivery service. Nationwide orders are usually delivered in less than 48 hours.

Rating:  4.5 stars

2. Lazada Philippines (Appliance/Home/Living Online Store)

Lazada Philippines is the fastest-growing online shopping site in the country. It offers a wide-array of products and provides a convenient, worry-free online shopping experience with – free delivery available, 14-days return policy, and cash on delivery. Personally, COD or cash on delivery feature is an important feature in an online shopping because it means total convenience on the shopper’s end and it’s a way of establishing a good business relationship between the shop and its customers. It promotes trust and integrity.

You can find the best deals in books, electronics, phones and accessories, computers, home and living, hardware, home appliances, toys, and so many more. Lazada is also present in Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Malaysia.

Update: I'm not really sure if Lazada should stay on this list since I had several unpleasant customer experience with them. Do you have an experience with Lazada that you want others to be aware of? Do you want me to write a separate post about my experience with them? Please comment below.

Rating:  1 star

3. OLX (Classified Ads Website)
 
OLX (formerly called SULIT) is also an online store but a bit different from the first two stores because it carries both conditions – used and brand new items. Being the first to appear in search engine results also gets us to be the #1-go-to site for online consumers our user friendly interface and easy purchasing scheme namely, hanap (find), usap (talk), deal, attract more and more Filipinos to perform hassle-free online transactions. OLX also gives avenue to newbie business people. It makes it even easier for proprietors to promote their products and services at no cost.

Tip: Make sure that the seller has good reputation in terms of business consistency, complete contact details and product quality as OLX does not have the ability to filter who register and sign up for them.

Rating:  3 stars

4. MetroDeal (Buying/Deal Websites)

If you are a type of online shopper/buyer who loves grabbing great deals, MetroDeal is for you. I see a lot of websites of same sort but I couldn't vouch for them since I've never made purchases from them yet. You can find great deals from them but you still have to keep an eye on these stores in terms of their terms and conditions. To know more about Metrodeal, read here.

Rating: 3 stars
As an online consumer for almost a decade now, these stores have helped me outgrown my skepticism.They made me trust them more because of the excellent customer service they provide their customers and they remain true to their promises. I still believe in “the happiest customer is the most loyal one”. For sure, these stores won’t be just a trend but they are definitely here to stay. 

Trusted international online shops will be named in a separate post for your reference. I have yet to put all the information together from the ordering process, checking out (including the payment modes they carry) to shipping (fee, duties, duration, etc.) Moreover, all stores on Instagram and Facebook that made a good job in delivering their goods on time will also be mentioned.

Can you share some of the online shops you know of? Let's exchange notes.

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