This Is Your Guide To Shopping Online

 

Make sure you do your digital Christmas shopping right

 

 

Though Christmas bazaars and thrift stores are still a great source for gifts, sometimes you just don’t have the time or the patience to deal with droves of shopping competition. Thankfully we live in an age where window shopping can just as easily mean the windows on your computer screen and it’s not even more expensive than stuff sold in brick-and-mortar stores. If you’re just starting out on your online shopping journey, or even if you’ve done it before but want a few extra tips to improve your bargain hunting, this is the guide for you.

 

 

Know How To Search

This might seem like common sense but knowing how to search for what you want is key and it’s not always as simple as typing “handbag” into the search bar. Google should always be your first try, just to get the widest scope of possible online stores that sell your item, but familiarizing yourself with the best sites also helps. For example, lazada.com and goods.ph are good for all-purpose shopping but more specific stores can lead you to products that might be better than what you have in mind and even have better deals. To start off your list, when shopping for gifts for your nieces and nephews, go to Zalora for fashion, Globe Online Shop for gadgets and accessories and Abubot for the boys.

 

Don’t Settle For The First Find

Veteran bargain hunters know that the real skill is not in finding what you need, but in finding its cheapest sale. A lot of the physical walking around is already removed from the equation so there’s no excuse—compare prices! Search on not just one store, but several and make sure you click past the first page of entries and take notes of prices and ratings. In many cases, a 70% sale on one site is already impressive, until you later find out it was going for 85% off on another. Buy and sell sites like OLX are also often overlooked, but they can still have mint condition wares at rock-bottom prices.

 

Do Your Homework

Once you’ve got your shortlist of products, get ready to make full use of the internet at your fingertips. Research every item on your shopping list, making sure not just to check out product details on brand websites but also read up on reviews. For reviews, established reviewers are good for an in-depth look, but sometimes community or fan-made reviews are also invaluable for their brutal honesty. Remember, you want to make sure that before you buy something, you know how well it will fit into your day-to-day and not just how its specs compare to other products.

 

Get The Card Out

Now that your checkout cart is full, it’s time to pay for your items. The biggest barrier for entry into online shopping for most Filipinos is that they don’t own a credit card. That’s fine if you’re wary of accumulating a credit bill, but there are other alternatives. Several banks for example offer VISA and Mastercard debit cards which can be used for online and international purchases just like credit cards, without the risk of spending money you don’t have (FYI, any time a store asks for a credit card, a VISA or Mastercard debit card is 9 times out of 10 viable even if the site does not directly say it). If you want an even simpler option, there’s also the incredibly convenient GCash. Otherwise, some stores offer cash-on-delivery options as well.

 

The Excited Wait

The last part is both the best and worst part: the wait. Once you’ve checked out your items, you’ll be given a range of dates for when to expect the delivery. From then on, it’s as simple as waiting for the package to arrive and being avaialble (or authorizing someone else) to receive it. Some waits are excruciating, while some can be exciting knowing that your new swag is inevitable. The last tip we have for you, however, is that when you receive your item, don’t just tear it out of the box: preserve all the packaging in case you need to have it replaced.

 

 

Happy shopping!

 

 

 

 

 

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