Unlike your girlfriend, most of the time, you just don’t have the patience (and even the energy) to go from shop to shop to find the perfect gift. That’s why online shopping is heaven's gift to the impatient man. And thanks to the advent of the Internet, online shops in the country are mushrooming, so the choices are endless. There’s CashCashPinoy, Metrodeal, Deal Grocer, Zalora, and Lazada, just to name a few, who offer a wide range of products and services such as gadgets, clothes, furniture, and even hotel and restaurant discounts. Imagine, getting what you want with just a click of the mouse.
If you’re still hesitant to enter the online shopping world as you’re afraid that you might get scammed, we’ll let you in on a secret—or rather, secrets. To help you score discounts on the already-discounted deals on these shopping websites this holiday season, Senior Vendor Manager Rebekah Melencio from Lazada Philippines gives you exclusive insider tips on how to make that possbile.
1) Subscribe to the newsletter
Those newsletters you ignore on your email? Read it. “Vouchers regularly get sent through email newsletter so this is your first source of discount on discount on items,” says Rebekah. Subscribers get first-hand dibs on what’s hot on the website. So if you want to be the first of the few to get that item—all before their system gets overcrowded—read that newsletter.
2) Monitor prices daily
"When you see an item you really like but the price is too steep, check back on it daily, and you might just get lucky and see it on sale,” she adds. Online shopping websites hold various promotions within a month, some, even daily, so there's a good chance the item you're eyeing will go on sale in one of these sale campaigns. In short, bookmark that page!
3) Compare prices for the best deal
Of course, just like real shopping, you must compare prices online with different sellers. A word of caution, though, you must be wary of the delivery period, warranty/expiration date, freebies, and other things that go with the item because that could spell the difference between getting the best deal and a not-so-good one. “So what you have to do is compare each item from two sellers (that you've narrowed down) starting from price, product specifications, delivery period, warranty, freebies, reputation of seller, and others,” she advices. “This way, it's easier to see the difference and choose from the best seller.”
4) Read online reviews
“Before clicking 'Buy Now' on that new phone, check online reviews first from forums or review pages,” she shares. “The product page may contain fantastic features but it may differ from actual customer experience. So read, judge, and buy.”
5) Buy in bulk, save on shipping fee
For items shipped from abroad, it’s a great strategy to gather friends who want to buy from the same store and split the shipping fee amongst you. This strategy could spell the difference between a shipping fee of P2,500 and P250.
6) Check for return policies
So you're drunk and bought a whole bunch of stuff online, including a plastic banana holder you really don't know whether you wanna keep or not, so best to check the website's return policy. “Check for the acceptable reasons, date from purchase, whether they can reimburse the amount or give you credits, etc.” she says. “Shopping websites want happy customers that is why they will acquiesce with returns so it's up to you to make the most of their return policy.”
7) Be on guard online once midnight hits on a sale campaign
“You saw that your favorite online shop is holding a sale starting on the 7th. Our advise to you is to be online and ready to buy 11PM of the 6th,” she says. “A lot of people will be watching out for that sale and the item you want may get sold out even before daybreak, so if you really want that branded luggage set, be ready to buy it once midnight hits and prices drop.”