Archives for the month of: March, 2013

I had very bad experiences with online shopping. The first time I ordered an item online, I received an ugly and apparently used item. I tried returning it to the seller but I was given the runaround until I got tired and simply gave up. The second time,  I ordered a computer peripheral and I was sent the wrong item. The cost of shipping the item back to the seller is almost the same as the cost of the item I ordered. I just tossed to the trash can the wrong item I received and charged the whole thing to experience.

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After those unfortunate experiences with online shopping, I promised myself that I will never do it again. Though I hated traffic and the crowd that everybody experiences going to the mall, plus the pushy salespersons who will shadow you everywhere you go within the store, I ended up shopping at the mall whenever I need to buy something for myself or as present for someone. And each time I go to the mall, I keep on wishing that the day would come when online stores will have a reliable method of shipping their products.

Until my officemates and friends started raving about Lazada Philippines. It seems that every single person that I know had already shopped at their Philippine’s Online Shopping Mall. I checked the website and I was impressed, though still hesitant to try online shopping again after my terrible experiences. But then, everybody at the office assured me that they have an excellent shipping method that put all safeguards in place to guarantee receipt of the exact item that you order online, on time.

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I decided to give online shopping one more try. To play safe, I ordered a small item – a 3-piece Jean Perry face towel set. When I proceeded to check out, I learned that Lazada Philippines has introduced new concepts that will revolutionize online shopping. First is the free delivery available regardless of the amount of purchase.  Online shops usually offer free shipping on a minimum purchase, but not on this site. Regardless of the amount of your purchase, your item will be delivered to most shipping points in the archipelago free of charge. When you place an order, they will tell you that your item will be shipped in a certain number of day, depending on how far the shipping address is from the delivery center. But many people attest that they receive their deliveries a day or two before the expected date.

Another astonishing feature of their delivery system is the option to pay for your order only after you receive it – cash on delivery. You will have the chance to check first what you received before paying for it.  You can simply refuse delivery if they sent you the wrong item or if it obvious that the product is defective.

Finally, they offer different payment options. You can pay for your online purchases through Visa or MasterCard. You can make over the counter payments, called DragonPay, at various places like SM, LBC, and most banks in the country. And don’t forget the very convenient and safe Cash On Delivery option.



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Do you get just as excited as I do when the pellets start popping and turn crisp enough to grind my teeth during a movie marathon? I love popcorn and it’s something I look forward to every time I watch in theaters. Sometimes, I look forward to munching on those mini cloud-looking snacks more than the movie itself. I indulge myself in movies whenever I have free time because it helps me escape reality for a while. The reality of having to work five times a day only to end up too drained at the end of each month to enjoy what I worked hard for. I mostly just download torrents and watch at home with a pack of microwave oven ready flavored popcorns. Movies and popcorn are my ultimate guilty pleasure and my parents see this as an adorable interest of mine. I think they’re just grateful I didn’t grow up as a rebel considering how strict they were in raising me.

While I was browsing through a couple of websites, I came upon a mini popcorn cart from Lazada Philippines. It’s a small replica a popcorn cart you’d normally see in carnivals or fairs. It has wheels on one end and two corner stands on the opposite side. It’s color red and yellow that fits perfect in my room with my red accent wall. Yes, I keep it in my room not the kitchen. It’s very handy and really manageable. That sentiment coming from a person who rarely cleans up after herself makes it all the more legitimate. The popcorn takes a few minutes to completely pop so you don’t have to literally wait up or stand next to it.

I also bought a DVD stack molded into a film canister that I bought at a bazaar in Quiapo. I just passed by it by chance because I usually take a different route going home. It’s a pretty impulsive purchase since I rarely buy DVD’s compared to how obsessed I was with collecting my all time favorite movies before. It looks dirty vintage. I can’t say it was in perfect condition but it’s decent enough to look like it was passed down from generations making it more valuable. My friends don’t know up to now that I just recently bought it. They still think I got it from my uncle who visited from the States a few weeks back.

I also have a signed poster of Scarface by Al Pacino. I got it from eBay and though it wasn’t me who personally got it autographed, a piece of me thinks I still got to meet him in person. Some people might say it’s pathetic but I see it as just seeing the silver lining.

I have more than a dozen items that scream out movie fan. But I don’t think my collection’s already at its best. I plan to hoard old school film stuff until I grow old. I think it’s something I can pass on to my children that they would actually be proud of having at such a young age unless they’re hipsters. That’s going to change everything.



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It was payday weekend last week and a small chunk of my salary was burning a hole in my pocket. Exhausted from the hectic work week and not wanting to brave the horrible traffic that plagues the metro every payday Friday, I thought it best to bum around the house. My fingers were itching to spend money though so I did what smart every girl in my situation would do–shop online!

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Like every girl on a mission, I plopped into the couch with my laptop and went over to Lazada Philippines. I’ve been meaning to check out this shopping site but work has been keeping me busy (I have officially become boring, I know). I immediately signed up and was prepared to be bored to tears filling out online forms with endless questions but was pleasantly surprised to be asked just basic information. I was done in a minute, no exagg!


So in my quest to spend, I immediately checked the shopping categories they have and saw that they cover every category you can think of (except food). I felt like a kid being let loose in a candy store! I also liked the fact that the site is very easy to navigate. It’s perfect for people like me who hate, hate, hate going through a labyrinth of a site just to shop! Promos and discounted items are highlighted on the Lazada Philippines home page so it’s impossible for you to miss those.  If there’s a particular brand or item you’re looking for, you can just type it on the search field and off you go! I was opening so many browser tabs at once so I could ogle items from different shopping categories. I then realized that there’s no rush at all! It’s not like they’re going to close at 10pm or something (read: 24/7 access). I had the rest of the night to shop.

With that realization in mind, I paced myself and discovered a few more wonderful features of the site.  I quickly learned that if you’re shopping with a budget in mind, you can simply put their price filter feature into use. Just click on the price range you’re after and it’ll show you the items under that range in whichever category you want. Little thoughtful touches like these make me appreciate technology even more.

The Lazada Philippines site carries a huge selection of products. It’s impossible for you not to find something for yourself, friends, and family. Even guys can join in on the fun! They have all sorts of gadgets, computer accessories, books and movies. After all, it wouldn’t be called the Philippines’ Online Shopping Mall for nothing.

In the end, I decided on a pair of cute flats. Armed with the product specs (i.e. material used, delivery ETA etc.), a brief product description that gave me a few style notes on what to wear it with, and an honest-to-goodness customer review (another great feature of the site!), I whipped out my credit card and paid for my purchase.  I can’t wait to get my hands on my first-ever purchase from their site! Will I recommend Lazada Philippines to others? Yes! Will I shop from the site again? Definitely! In fact, as I type this, I’m just about ready to make another purchase.






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I love going out of my comfort zone and trying new things. The newest thing I have tried so far is buying online. I don’t if you guys have tried it out before but it’s something I definitely recommend you guys try. It’s just like shopping in malls. You get to buy anything you like either through cash or credit card. The only thing that sets them apart from each other is the manner of purchasing where buying online requires internet connection. Online shopping as it is normally referred to as is that buying in online stores instead of actual shop outlets. Everything is done online from the browsing of items to the actual purchase. The first item I bought online was Barney of How I Met Your Mother’s The Playbook: Suit Up. Score chicks. Be awesome from Lazada Philippines. If you’re a fan of the show then you would probably understand why I bought it. Barney is to die for. Enough said. I was browsing through a bunch of sites just for the sake of it. I didn’t have anything in mind that I wanted to buy which is how I normally go about with my shopping. There were so many sites to choose from but I ended up sticking with Lazada because it had the most choices and it was very well organized compared to the other sites where I would have to click on several albums before seeing exactly what I want. Lazada Philippines has a search bar so it was a lot easier to search for what I wanted. When I saw they had a books category, that’s when I remembered that I have always wanted a copy of my own of Barney Stinson’s popular book. It was a very simple process. It was as simple as signing up to Facebook or Google Mail. If you go to the site where I ordered the book, you wouldn’t have a hard time tracking it down since they have pretty direct to the point instructions. The Playbook in case you want to get one is under the Lifestyle Books section on the Books, Music & Movies category. You can zoom one the page cover in case you want to make sure it’s the same thing as the one generally distributed nationwide.

Online shopping definitely tops one of my favorite pastimes. It’s really time-consuming which is a good thing because I always like killing time. You’ll have such a good time looking through pictures that you’ll eventually lose track of time. I suggest you figure out already what you want before logging in to avoid jumping from one site to another not knowing you’ve been spending more than hour online already. Check out online shopping and give me some feedbacks whether you enjoyed it or not. If you have sites you would like to suggest for me to check out, that would be nice as well. I have only been shopping online for less than a month and already I find it very rewarding.

It’s a year old and it’s getting better than ever. Lazada Philippines’ outstanding role and performance in the e-commerce has truly emerged into something bigger as it turns a year old. It never fails to surprise me as I once thought that this online shopping website was just one of the many websites who fail to make it to the top. Its concepts are the same with international website like Ebay and Amazon. But what really did it for this online shopping site was their consistently excellent promos and sales. No matter how much a person tries to deny how cheap he is, deep down discounts get to us and usually helps in sealing the deal. In almost twelve months, Lazada Philippines was able make Filipinos in favor of the nature of their website through discounts and promos like no other. They launch promos week after week, sometimes within days that give online shoppers like me something to look forward to for every visit. But what really make me return are their very flexible modes of payments. By just simply taking into consideration the payment methods they offer, you’ll see how quickly they were able to adjust to the preferences of Filipinos. When they started, they had a list of methods available but like any company that wishes to maximize its profits, they must learn to eliminate those that are not as well-explored as the others. They narrowed their methods into two. These two being coincidentally the only methods I have ever experienced using.

Before all the advertisements through radio, tv and newspaper ads, this online shop was able to get its name out there through plain online advertisements. If you open your Facebook account, you will be forced to be face to face with Lazada’s advertisements on the side promoting their outstanding number of discounted items available. After months of hardcore online promotions, it ventured out to even more extreme advertisements which helped strengthen its avid and loyal customers. In just a few weeks of promoting itself every now and then, it was able to garner a large amount of online visitors that paved way to even better sales and promos. How can one turn away from something that allows you to get something you have always wanted for a cheaper price? And what makes it even a better option is that the item will be mandatorily shipped to your house with fees that are dependent on the address of delivery. I have come to the conclusion that online shopping is definitely a better option not just for me but everyone else trying to juggle living her life with working eight hours a week. Any company that incorporates Filipino preferences not just what is generally in demand worldwide is bound to evade being left empty handed. Besides, that wasn’t even just an option. Before this online shopping site was launched in the Philippines, it has been tried and tested in other countries in Southeast Asia. By the time it was created for the benefits of Filipino users, the company was already able to study the interests of Filipinos well enough to create a website that perfectly meets the expectations of locals. The return policies compliment the impulsiveness of Filipinos giving them the opportunity or chance to figure out whether or not their order was satisfactory or not. The modes of payment are just the right kind to what Filipinos prefer in terms of way of making their transactions. Deliveries embrace the facts that some Filipinos live so far from major cities that it is a requirement to have the option to get the item they like delivered. A year older and still growing, this online shopping website will surely continue to surprise us.


Ecommerce has always been a thriving industry online. Most of the prominent countries have already adapted to this lifestyle. A lot of them prefer doing online shopping since it is more convenient to them rather than go through the hassle of visiting the location of there preferred traditional malls. However, to some countries, this is not the case. A lot of issues are involved in doing online transactions. Although it may seem easy and convenient, certain resources should be met. One thing is that you must have your own credit card in order to pay a typical online store. In case you don’t have one, next alternative is that you need to have Paypal account.


In the Philippines, Ecommerce is actually not that huge compared to countries like United States where they have websites like Amazon who are capable to cater their online shopping needs. One of the reason why Ecommerce growth was stagnant in our country is due to the fact that the online community is limited and don’t trust online shopping at all.


Just a year ago, Ecommerce drastically increased, thanks to the arrival of Lazada Philippines. They are a venture similar to what Amazon is doing for United States and recently Mexico. Lazada is also available in key countries of South East Asia like Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia. Lazada is an online shopping mall established under the umbrella of Rocket Internet, which caters to the countries where they are based respectively. They offer huge selections from various categories that range from electronics to appliances. Everything you want that you usually get from the traditional offline malls are offered on their website.


The challenge for them is not actually what do they offer on their website. It’s more on how will they be able to tap the small market of Ecommerce and expand it to the point where the market is sufficient enough to sustain there huge business. What Lazada focused on is the needs of the locals. From the actually product to customer service. Actually, one of the reasons why online shopping was nearly impossible to be accepted by the local online users is because of limitation in payment process. Majority of our population are neither non-credit cardholders nor Paypal account users. So if there is no way of paying an online store, it’s impossible to make a transaction. Another thing to consider is that not everyone trust online transactions. First, we have a high rate of online frauds and scams in the country. Second, a lot of the locals have not yet fully grasped the concept of online shopping or is not yet aware of such way.  What Lazada did is they introduced a revolutionary payment method called “Cash on Delivery”. This specific payment method solved the issue that they were facing. What it does is it allows everyone to buy anything from their website despite their limitations in payment access and trust issues. All they need to do is visit the website and have it delivered on there preferred address. They are only required to pay only after Lazada delivers their order and hands over the package to them.